2018 FIFA World Cup: Semi Finals Preview & Betting Tips

July 10th 2018, 12:06pm, By: andyrosos

What a thrilling round of quarter finals it was in the FIFA World Cup over the weekend! France, Belgium, England and Croatia all advanced through to the semi finals set to be played this Wednesday and Thursday morning respectively and we take a look at both big matchups and provide our betting tips below.

We hit on two out of three bets in our quarter finals preview and we’ll be hoping for two more winners today!

2018 FIFA World Cup Semi Final Betting Tips

France vs Belgium (Wednesday 4am AEST)

In what many think is the stronger semi final out of the two, the odds suggest that the eventual winner is likely to come from this matchup. Both Belgium and France were fantastic in their quarter final games against Uruguay and Brazil respectively, winning in normal time to punch their ticket in the semi finals.

France recorded a 2-0 win as Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann both found the back of the net. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi will return from suspension for France and should replace Corentin Tolisso in the starting line-up despite the replacement assisting on the Griezmann goal in the quarter finals.

Belgium recorded a 2-1 win against Brazil in the quarter finals as they were gifted an own goal in the 13th minute before midfielder Kevin de Bruyne scored one of the goals of the tournament later in the first half. Renato Augusto was able to pull one back for the Brazilians in the 76th minute but it was to no avail as the tournament favourites were sent packing.

There will be some line-up adjustments in order for Belgium as well as right back Thomas Meunier is set to miss the game through suspension. Midfielder Nacer Chadli looks set to move to the right back position while out of favour Carrasco should slot back into the midfield.

France have barely put a foot wrong all tournament. They have allowed just one goal in the group stage and their offence looked sensational in their Round of 16 win over Argentina as they plundered four goals. Their defence was back to it’s best against Uruguay making them deserved $1.73 favourites to advance here.

Belgium had to come from 2-0 down to advance past Japan in the Round of 16 and while the scoreline against Brazil looked comfortable, the South Americans controlled the majority of the game and the two Beligan goals came well and truly against the play. I don’t think France make the same defensive errors in the semi final.


Croatia vs England (Thursday 4am AEST)

What a remarkable run it’s been for England in the 2018 World Cup so far. After an extremely horrific past at World Cup tournaments over the past few decades, England finally broke the hoodoo and advanced to their first semi final since they won the tournament back in 1966. England has been in a frenzy with the team’s performance, and a win on Thursday morning would likely send the nation into meltdown.

They were great in the quarter finals, capturing a 2-0 win over Sweden and controlling the game from start to finish. There are no suspension or injury concerns for the English side, however, a line-up change could be in order as the usual attacking midfield trio of Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Raheem Stirling could be broken up in lieu of another holding midfielder to quell the dominance of the star studded Croat midfield.

Croatia has without a doubt been the surprise packet of the tournament so far. While many looked at their extremely talented line-up pre tournament and thought they have the potential to impress, no one would have tipped them to be playing in their second semi final. Luck has played a small factor in their run, however, as they have been successful in penalty shootouts in both of their knockout games so far. Two full slates of extra time might bring some fatigue factors into play here and injury concerns to goal keeper Danijel Subasic and right back Sime Vrsaljko will test their depth. However, the midfield duo of Ivan Rakatic and Luka Modric supported by a lethal attack which includes Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic are the engine room for the Croats and should be the deciding factor for their success.

Tough game to call here. Going by recent history, England look destined for a heart breaking end to this tournament, however, its hard to fault them at the moment. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is arguably the player of the tournament at the moment and the creativity and finishing ability of the likes of Alli, Sterling and Harry Kane has been prominent. The Three Lions have one more strong performance in them here, setting up what could be the biggest World Cup Final of all time between storied rivals England and France.

 

TIPS

2018-19 NBA Betting Tips: Tuesday 22nd January

There's a massive 11 game slate of NBA on Tuesday, with games kicking off as early as 4am AEDT! We preview the value games of the day and provide our betting tips! read more

2019 AFC Asian Cup: Australia vs Uzbekistan Betting Tips

The Socceroos will continue their Asian Cup run on Tuesday morning when they face Uzbekistan in the Round of 16. We take a look at the game, starting at 1am AEDT, and give our betting tips here read more

2018-19 Big Bash League (BBL08): Round 10 Preview & Betting Tips

Round 10 of the Big Bash League sees the top of the table Hobart Hurricanes and the reigning champion Adelaide Strikers both in action twice! We take a look at all four games of the round and give our betting tips below read more

Flemington Racing Tips, Saturday January 19th

We've called in the services of one of Tasmania's finest, horse racing expert Tristan Heffernan, to give us a preview of Saturday racing from Flemington. Here's Tristan's preview of every race and horse racing betting tips for Saturday, January 19th 2019. read more

ARTICLES

Australian Bookmaker Tennis Retirement Rules

With the Australian tennis season in full swing, we take a look at the variety of different betting terms and conditions surrounding retirements in tennis matches at the major Australian sports betting sites. read more


Streaming Live Sports on Australian Betting Sites

Here's a run down of which Australian sports betting sites offer live streaming action of your favourite sports! read more


Best Australian Sports Betting Sites

The best Australian sports betting sites insures safe and successful online betting for punters as well as offering the best betting options in Australia. read more


How Does Spread Betting Work?

Spread betting has finally made it's way to Australia through new betting agency Pointsbet, we give you a quick guide to spread betting here. read more


BLOGS

2019 AFLW Season Fixture

The 2019 AFLW season will see two new teams enter the competition as North Melbourne and Geelong get set to embark on their AFLW journey. We take a look at the full 2019 season fixture here! read more


BBL08 Team Preview: Perth Scorchers

Can the Perth Scorchers win a record 4th Big Bash League title in 2018-19? See our full team preview for the Scorchers in BBL08 here read more


BBL08 Team Preview: Adelaide Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers will be aiming for a successful title defence in BBL08. Can they complete the back to back or will Travis Head's international duty be a hinderance? read more


BBL08 Team Preview: Melbourne Renegades

Our 2018-19 Big Bash League team previews continue today as we take a look at last season's semi finalists the Melbourne Renegades. Can the Renegades make the finals for just the third time in BBL08? read more


BetEasy Sky Racing