Day 25: France vs. Belgium SF

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    oneniltothearsenal Caf's Milton Friedman (and Arse aficionado) Scout

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    France vs. Belgium

    Two balanced sides with great players all over the pitch. Neighboring countries. Club teammates on each side. Many great story lines for both sides.

    Lukaku vs. Pogba
    Hazard vs. Kante
    Mbappe vs. Meunier
    De Bruyne vs... Mendy
    Thierry Henry vs. the ghost of his hand ball

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    haram Full Member

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    Cant wait :drool:
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    K2K Full Member

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    Just hope it's a good game.

    Not sure who i want to win.
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    kthanksbye Full Member

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    Should be a cracking game. Expect Belgium to set up like they did against Brazil. Pogba will be crucial if he can stay deep and spray passes, force the Belgium midfield to come higher up to pitch to stop him from doing that, and Giroud to push the defense deep, could create some space for Griezzmann and Mbappe between the lines.
    Has been a great worldcup so far, especially since I've been a neutral from the beginning. Hope the last four games are the same.
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    whatwha Sniffs Erricksson’s diarrhea

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    Hoping for teams that go out to win rather than being scared shitless of losing.
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    utdalltheway Sexy Beast

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    Iirc that’s more in the final than the semis. Anyway, hoping for the same. Don’t care who wins so long as it’s a good game.
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    Slevs likes to play with penises

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    Genuinely want the better team to win. Weird as I always have a team I hate every game but this one is different.

    The French made me cry back in Euro 2000 (fecking Trezeguet) but the fiancee loves the French and I had enough fun when I tormented her for Euro 2016.
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    Micky Targaryen Full Member

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    Such a tasty match-up. Hoping for a goal fest with Lukaku snatching the winner.
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    nutmegrush New Member

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    ET & pens please
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    France 2-1 Belgium.
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    99withaflake Full Member

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    Snap.

    I think they'll be a tad too strong for Belgium.

    Of course, it could easily go either way, and could be tight or a goal-fest (hopefully the latter).
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    the_irish123 New Member

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    Belgium defends with 7 players, I don't think France will have such an off night offensively and will convert on their chances, winning 3-1
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    Nickthepip New Member

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    Extra time, mass brawl, red cards for key players, cramp, neither manager receives a touch line ban, cramp, general exhaustion to soften them up for the final. Will extend the narrative that England are the worst team in the history of the world and only won any of their games due to sheer luck should they manage to get past those plucky Croatia who have had to go to pens. Twice.
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    CassiusClaymore Is it Gaizka Mendieta? Scout

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    Think both sides will score here. Kante will be the key player though trying to shackle Hazard and De Bruyne.

    At least I can actually enjoy this game. Fingers crossed for a classic.
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    IrishRedDevil Full Member

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    Pogba v Lukaku :drool::devil:
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    Offside Euro 2016 sweepstake winner

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    Impossible to call. France seem to be have more strings to their bow. 3-2 France.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    We only defended with 7 players because it was absolutely necessary in that second half, as we were up against a very potent attacking side throwing everything at us. France don't play anywhere near as attacking as Brazil did.
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    2 of my favorites team for this world cup, wanted either of these teams to win it, so hopefully whoever wins it, will win finals also.

    For this game will root for France because of Pogba.
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    abdo99 Full Member

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    You also defended with 7 players in the 1st half too. The difference is you counter attacked with 3 players - Hazard, Lukaku and KDB everytime. Second half the counter attacks stopped because you had to drop deeper. If France are as naive as Brazil were then you'll win but the chances of that are very low. I don't think they will be as open so expect a closer game.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Don’t think France are as strong as Brazil were, but will be a very close game regardless which will be decided by details.

    2-1 Belgium. Let’s do this.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    We regularly had Chadli and Meunier higher up the pitch. We defended as a unit but the other poster made it sound like we constantly had 7 people camping and doing nothing but defending.
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    Slevs likes to play with penises

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    If Lukaku is playing on the right, he will overpower Hernandez everytime.
    I'd say Belgium will aim crosses to the back post to Lukaku's side and try to get Lukaku 1 on 1 with Hernandez.
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    Tom Van Persie No relation

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    Can't fecking wait. :drool:
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    onemanarmy Full Member

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    Let's do this. Once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm already nervous. It's 50-50 I think, game will be won on small details and luck.
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    izec Full Member

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    Hope for a good game, what a clash :drool: Think France will win it, but who knows.
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    Ish Lights on for Luke

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    Should be a cracker.
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    Hernandez - BFA The Way to Fly

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    Belgium to win
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    I still have the last France-Belgium in mind and I really didn't like it. So I give the edge to Belgium.
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    Fellaini Vs Pogba - The battle of the Superheavyweight Midfielders !!
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    Santi_Mesut_Alexis_87 New Member

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    Hoping for a great show today. Hazard vs. Mbappè :drool:
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    ivaldo Mediocre Horse Whisperer, s'up wid chew?

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    Has the potential to be the game of the tournament, or an absolute stinker. Let's hope for the former.
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    This is so hard to call. I think France have the firepower to beat them but I wouldn't write Belgium off. It'll all depend on which of the big players perform. I'll go France... just.
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    Judas Open to offers

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    Fancy France's experience to see them through. Don't trust Belgium's defence too much.
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    Buchan has whacked the hammer to Roswell

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    I’m nonplussed as to who wins this tonight as I like both sides. All I want is a great game, some goals and for the United lads to do well. Not too much to ask, surely? :devil:
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    You fancy the experience of the second youngest team of the tournament against an older and more capped team? :angel:
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    P-Nut fan of well-known French footballer Fabinho

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    Rooting for Belgium with the sole reason being I've got them in the sweepstake
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    royboy16 Full Member

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    France to win comfortably.
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    Javi Full Member

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    Just sucks that there is still half a day of work between me and this game. I'll go with France to win.
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    mitchmouse Full Member

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    belgium were my tip at the beginning of the tournament. problem is I thought they'd be meeting France or germany in the final.
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    onemanarmy Full Member

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    Meunier is suspended.