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Who will come out on top?

France, the 1998 champions, take on Belgium in the first semi-final of World Cup 2018. Andres Cunha (Uruguay) will be the referee.

France conceded three in their round-of-16 tie against Argentina and their last meeting with Belgium, in 2015, ended in a 4-3 defeat - this fixture has a history of goals.

Les Bleus will include Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in their starting XI while the Red Devils' line-up will feature Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. With former France striker Thierry Henry as an assistant coach, Belgium leads the scoring in Russian Federation with 14 goals in its five World Cup matches. "They are an adversary with great quality and there will be hard moments so we have be ready to suffer in order to reach the final". France will need to show their maturity here.

"It is not based on the fact that they have a lot of players from Africa in their team but If you look at virtually every position of France in comparison with Belgium and England - they are a bit more steady, very balanced in their play, solid defensively and fantastic offensively, he continued". Martinez confided he doesn't think he's "able to describe what this means for the country" but promised his team's full focus is on France.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is available for selection after missing the victory against Uruguay because of suspension.

For me, there is no doubt as to which one will be the bigger hazard to opposing defences. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off.

"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer, how you are expected to perform in front of the world and knowing how you feel in those moments", the Spaniard said. The semifinal is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 10.

"I tip France to win the World Cup". Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

Who will start for France in their semi-final match against Belgium?

This fixture is one of the matches that could easily have been the "Final" of this 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

Friends and foes at the same time?

Belgium has height and heading ability in defenders Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini.

One his part, John Akpana suggested that the organisers of the World Cup, Federation de International Football Association (FIFA), should limit focus on Henry during the encounter.

Martinez' men are the only side to have won all of their games in 90 minutes in Russian Federation and are the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals.

Deadly duo: Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann have scored six of France's nine goals between them.

"For me, Roberto Martinez, the head coach of Belgium, should allow Henry to stay somewhere else and watch it alone because it wont be easy for him. We can only be ourselves and we already have time to use this World Cup as an advantage with the newest generations". "But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense", he said.

"I would be proud to show him that he picked the wrong side".