One favorite will advance to the 2018 World Cup final, while the other will see their dreams come to an end. France and Belgium meet on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET in the 2018 World Cup semifinals. France is the favorite to win the entire tournament at 2-1 World Cup odds after opening at 10-1, while Belgium is right behind at 11-4 after opening at 15-1. 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. The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.5.
Before you enter your 2018 World Cup picks for France vs. Belgium, you have to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote "Soccermatics," a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Together with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers' closing odds.
The Soccerbot has dominated the World Cup knockout stage. It called for a draw in regulation for England-Colombia (+235) and for an English victory. It was all over Brazil and Belgium to win in regulation in the round of 16. It also correctly predicted draws for Spain-Russia (+280) and Croatia-Denmark (+225). Earlier, the model nailed draws for Argentina-Iceland (+385) and Brazil-Switzerland (+360) and predicted Iran upsetting Morocco at +275, just to name a few of its big calls. Anyone who has followed it is way, way up.
Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on the French and Belgian rosters. The model has released a very strong money-line pick, which it's sharing over at SportsLine.
The model knows Belgium is coming off a hard-fought 2-1 victory over five-time World Cup winners Brazil. It was the first time in 30 matches across all competitions that Brazil had conceded more than one goal in a game.
Belgium's golden generation has helped the Red Devils reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years. And Belgium enters Tuesday's Russia 2018 semifinal on a red-hot 24-game unbeaten streak. Belgium's attack, which has already scored five goals in two knockout stage games, is led by star striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 appearances for Belgium, scoring 17 and providing three assists.
The model also knows France last won the World Cup title in 1998, and this is the first semifinal game for the historically strong program since 2006. Les Bleus needed three-second half goals to edge Argentina, but it looked like a team on a mission against Uruguay, showcasing the potential that made it a pre-tournament favorite just behind Germany and Brazil.
France has proven multiple players can make plays near the net. Kylian Mbappe had two goals in four minutes against Argentina, while Antoine Griezmann had the game-winner and a big goal against Uruguay at Russia 2018.