And so, it’s Tuesday and we are back! There’s hardly going to be any relief until we found out who will win in tonight’s derby and make no mistake – the contention will be rather strong, too! We have 1998 world champions France versus their neighbours from Belgium. Oh, as if it wasn’t enough that the two countries had a bunch of stereotypes for each other already, teasing each other. Now this exchange of witty remarks will be brought to the football field, too.
Both teams were clear favourites for the 2018 World Cup well before the event started. Of course, we have always found Belgium to be a little bit shyer than their counterparts. We had some doubts whether the team can make it well through the group stages and single-elimination group, but as it turns out – they indeed can!
France Meets Belgium
There are many noteworthy players who will indeed help both teams succeed. Let’s name a few, shall we? Omelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Paul Pogba.
Didier Deschamps is another noteworthy player of value who will definitely tip the scales in his team’s favour. To say “should the opportunity presents itself” would be equal to underestimating Deschamps at this point. He is indeed a player who creates his own opportunities and luck.
France has done quite well, though. They may not have been immediately notable as stellar players, but their game has managed to pull them well ahead. When they faced Australia, the team gained all the confidence they needed by scoring first. Peru yielded too to the inexorable march of the French squad, and finally, Denmark managed to put up a good fight ending in a draw.
The last instalment of France’s competitive efforts was the match against Argentina which finished with the staggering 4-3.
Belgium – Quite the Obvious Menace
Even though it may be England’s fan who sings that “Football is Coming Back Home”, Belgium is threateningly poised to snuff out all enthusiasm from us. And yes, the team has long been the underdogs and understandably so. There’s little to indicate that Belgium will indeed be in a position other than a main contender for the World Cup.
They have had a sterling run prior to the World Cup and even though they may not immediately strike as the best players on the planet, they have demonstrated qualities that were backed up by brilliant many goals and commitment surpassing any parlour talk.
Going the Full Monty
So what can we expect tonight? As these matters go, we will either see a very challenging derby which will end in penalty shoot-outs. It’s interesting that in the past, there haven’t been as many penalties as that during regular competitions. This World Cup, though, they seem to be trending.
The other scenario is to see one of the teams drubbed and sent home miserably in teras. That would definitely be the lest favourable scenario and we would definitely like to see some serious plays transpire.
Penalty shoot-outs are not our favourite first-choice for a number of reasons. Not least of all being the simple fact that they largely depend on luck. Conversion rate from penalty shootouts among average players is about 54%. Even professionals such as Messi and Ronaldo have a 70% conversion rate.
Not only that, but the psychological element that goes hand in hand with a penalty shootout adds no small weight to the burden. Players do their best when relaxed. The psychological pressure is not indicatory of a player’s skills. It’s rather a flip of the coin – as it turns out.
The upcoming football derby will definitely be worth watching. Depending on where you are present, we recommend that you hop over to our live score and live streaming service to check if that works for you so that you can enjoy the match.
If not, we will bet you that any national paid and unpaid TV you may have at your disposal will work in your favour. Of course, we will always root for the mobile option, which is our favourite as it allows us much convenience. Gone are the times when we would have to be planted in front of a 40” flat screen at home to enjoy the game.