Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 | Belgium and France to face-off in mouth-watering semi-final

Henry giving out orders. Image PA

Henry giving out orders. Image PA

With that said, our CBS Sports prognosticators have locked in their predictions for the semifinals below.

Despite Kane's impressive tally, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England's danger man in their semi-final. The Red Devils have won 30 games while France have managed to end up on the winning side just 24 times. "It's an advantage on both sides, but we will seize every opportunity to reach the final".

Odds on France to qualify are 8/11, while Belgium are 11/10.

As well as that appointment in St. Petersburg, Tuesday also marks the first anniversary of Lukaku signing for United from Everton. He was part of Belgium's coaching staff at three World Cups, including 1986, when they finished fourth.

Roger Gonzalez's take: The Red Devils are on a roll, but I believe more in what France has at the back than Belgium.

By Srinivas Sadhanand With an embarrassment of peerless superstars at their disposal, Didier Deschamps and Roberto Martinez expectedly find their sides inching towards global greatness. Defeated Japan in the round of 16, 3-2.

Belgium started as underdogs against a defensively organised and offensively clinical Brazil. Nacer Chadli, who played a left wing-back, in the match vs Brazil will be shifted to the right flank, the position he played vs England.

"I think 1-0 for France, 1-0 in 90 minutes".

That's really anxious me for Belgium because they were exposed by Japan.

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Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard have been linking up so well and they will be hoping to continue that today as well. Soccer is a cruel game. The win over Argentina was a little chaotic but they stood firm against Uruguay, and their central partnership of Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane has arguably been the strongest of the tournament.

The semi-final matchup of the European neighbours promises to be full of intrigue as France aim to return to the final for the first time since a Zinedine Zidane-led team did so in Germany in 2006. Prediction: Belgium 3, France 2.

The Liverpool midfielder was limping badly as he returned to the Samara Arena pitch to applaud England's supporters after their quarter-final victory on Saturday and has been struggling with a tight hamstring.

"I think it's a hard one to call; both of them are starting to play really, really well now".

"(With) social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

As he puts it, that is the key to success: "This group of players needs to play without fear to keep all of its options open". Prediction: England 2, Croatia 1.

If he can do that, then the golden generation could well glitter alongside the World Cup, as the winners of this semi-final would be odds-on favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday. Younger fans of the sport have never seen the Three Lions win anything, but a young squad under the guidance of Gareth Southgate continues to quietly get the job done.

Yet now the hidden Henry, who has hinted at his ambitions for a senior management career one day, is about to spend an evening as just about the most scrutinised third-down-the-pecking-order coach in history. Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and company are too worn out to keep up with England and the another defender on Gareth Southgate's squad comes through with a game-winning header in extra time.

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