Latest Odds and Projections for Semi-Finals

  • Latest Odds and Projections for Semi-Finals

Latest Odds and Projections for Semi-Finals

Didier Deschamps has no major roster issues to deal with ahead of the semi-final tie. 'Because he is French and that he will be on the bench of the opposition. For him as well, it will feel weird'.

The forward has been criticised by Henry in the past, but he said there were no hard feelings - just his hunger to win.

Nineteen-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe put in an eye-catching display in the thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina, and France followed that up with a 2-0 win over a tough Uruguay team. Their comeback win over Japan in the Round of 16 was stirring before narrowly beating Brazil in the quarter-finals. 'I'm not yet there, but I'm slowly getting there'. 60 matches have been played and 28 teams have been eliminated.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said.

The World Cup semi-finals are upon us, with either France, Belgium, England or Croatia set to lift the trophy at the end of Sunday's final in Moscow. A lot of responsibility to place on the shoulders of a rookie coach.

His manager Martinez has struggled to find the right formula at times and his 3-5-2 was horribly exposed as they fell two goals down before a dramatic fightback. In St Petersburg it will be intriguing to see whether he sticks or twists. He was their leading scorer in the World Cup when the country won its first and only world title as host nation in 1998, despite not being a regular starter and only 20 years old at the time. "You know, I have already said this - we grew up more on the French side than the Belgian, in terms of being football fans - we grew up with 1998".

But here's one thing Deschamps can be sure of: if Lukaku has a one-on-one duel with the French goalkeeper, and pauses just before the final shot, or if Eden Hazard cuts in from the left and curls his shot across Hugo Lloris, each of them will have taken expert advice on how to finesse those manoeuvres from one Thierry Henry, French legend. 'That's life. He has been in England for a long time.

"Now, it is me watching his videos from time to time, and I have a lot of respect for him and what he is doing".

Henry is France's top goalscorer with 51 from 123 matches, while Giroud - who Henry has criticised in the past - is fourth on the list.

'"I would be proud to show [him] that he chose the wrong camp", Olivier Giroud, the closest active pursuer to Henry's French record of 51 worldwide goals, told reporters. A former English Premier League manager, Martinez wanted Henry to not only teach Belgium's players the finer points of the game but, perhaps more importantly, he wanted him to talk about winning with a team that had been weighed down by expectations.

Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kante. the talent on show in St Petersburg and the occasion means the focus should be largely away from Henry.

But as the national anthems ring out before kick-off with a place in the World Cup final at stake, it will be interesting to keep an eye on the bearded man in Belgium's dugout.