FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals Betting Preview And Free Picks

FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals Betting Preview And Free Picks The 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to the semi-finals, which will be an all European affair. It's not the four teams most people would have predicted making it this far, but it's not exactly a shock to see all four of these teams still in the hunt for a world championship, including two countries that have never won a World Cup. Let's take a closer look at the two semi-final matchups.

France vs Belgium

This is a match-up of two titans who survived the part of the bracket most felt was far more difficult than the other. France looked quite convincing in their win over Uruguay in the quarterfinals, as they never looked in danger of losing. One could say that they still haven't played up to their potential. However, Les Bleus have continued to grind out positive results. Of course, the same could be said of Belgium. The Red Devils needed to score three late goals to beat Japan in the Round of 16, but they were good from start to finish during their win over mighty Brazil, setting up an epic battle against the French, who are slight favorites to advance to the finals.

After their comeback against Japan and game against Brazil, there's no doubting that Belgium is battle-tested. While Belgium hasn't played this late in major tournaments historically, the players will be confident that they can beat any team in the world. After the tactical changes manager Robert Martinez made against Brazil, he is pulling the right strings and the players believe that things are going to work out in their favor. France is certainly just as deep and talented than Belgium, perhaps more so. But the French have not been forced to play at their best in this tournament, whereas we've already seen the Red Devils overcome serious obstacles. In that sense, Belgium may be more prepared to play in a World Cup semi-final at this point.

Prediction: Belgium 2-1.

England vs Croatia

Both England and Croatia were considered dark horses at the start of the tournament, but one of them is going to end up playing in the final. England had an emotional victory over Colombia and then didn't show any signs of a hangover as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals. Croatia, on the other hand, has had to survive two penalty kick shootouts during the knockout stage. That's not to say they haven't been the better team in both of those games, but they have not made things easy on themselves.

Of course, one has to wonder if the Croatians are a bit tired both physically and emotionally after playing back-to-back games that went to extra time and penalty kicks. Croatia has an edge over England in terms of experience, and one could argue they have more talent as well, specifically in their powerhouse midfield. However, this young English team is brimming with confidence and appears unburdened by the history that has doomed so many England teams in the past. That youthful exuberance could be what allows England to play at their best on such a big stage and reach the final.

Prediction: England 3-2.