World Cup action resumes today with the first semifinal matchup, pitting France against Belgium in a match that will kickf at 2:00pm ET. As always, the game will air on Fox and Telemundo.
According to CBS Sports, France is the favorite all four remaining teams to win the World Cup, with odds 2-1, although Belgium isn’t far f with odds 11-4. As such, France is slightly favored to win today’s semifinal showdown.
Per CBS Sports, “France enters Tuesday’s clash against Belgium at +150 on the money line, meaning you’d need to bet $100 on a France victory to win $150. Belgium enters this semifinal showdown at +200 (wager $100 to win $200), while a draw in regulation is +230.”
After winning Group C with a total seven points, France defeated Argentina 4-3 in the Round 16 and eliminated Uruguay last Friday by the final 2-0. Now, France will face their toughest opponent yet in Belgium, who has been victorious in every match so far, including a 1-0 win against England in the Group G finale. Belgium came from behind to beat Japan 3-2 in the Round 16 and then outlasted Brazil in the Quarterfinals on Friday to advance to this stage.
France last made the World Cup semifinals in 2006. They won it all in 1998. Belgium, on the other hand, has not reached the semifinals in 32 years and they’ve never played in the finals.
The winner today’s matchup will take on the winner England vs Croatia, which kicks f tomorrow at 2:00pm ET. The World Cup Final is scheduled for Sunday, July 15 at 11:00am ET.
Check out some the highlights from France’s and Belgium’s World Cup runs in the tweets embedded below.