Belgium vs France: Nations League semi-final preview

Reigning world champions Les Bleus are hoping to put a hugely disappointing European Championship campaign firmly behind them by claiming more silverware in Italy, with the pre-tournament favourites shockingly ousted by Switzerland on penalties in the last 16.

Didier Deschamps’ side have not been in the best of form since then either, enduring a frustrating pair of World Cup qualifying draws against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine, having initially gone behind in both matches before having to fight back. Antoine Griezmann’s double saw them get back on track against Finland last month.

Still the world’s no1-ranked team, Belgium reached the quarter-finals of the delayed Euros, but succumbed to eventual winners Italy in Munich.

Roberto Martinez’s so-called Golden Generation will be only too aware that their chances of living up to that moniker by winning a trophy are quickly running out.

Belgium have been among the goals in World Cup qualifying, hitting eight in two matches against Estonia and the Czech Republic before Dennis Praet’s goal saw them past Belarus last time out.

These two nations finished top of Nations League groups A2 and A3 respectively to make these finals, with either Italy or Spain awaiting in Sunday evening’s showpiece in Milan.

For the loser, a third-place play-off beckons in Turin on Saturday.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Belgium vs France is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

The match will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, home of Juventus.

Where to watch Belgium vs France

TV channel: Thursday’s contest will be televised live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match live online via the Sky Go app.

Belgium vs France team news

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)

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