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Roberto Martinez wants his Belgium stars to play without fear when they come up against France in Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 semi-final.
The Red Devils have won all five of their matches in Russia, including a 3-2 victory against Japan in the round of 16 and a 2-1 triumph against Brazil in Friday’s quarter-final.
Belgium have never reached a World Cup final before but they are 11/10 to progress to Sunday’s final and 11/4 to win World Cup 2018 outright.
Martinez said: “This group has to play with no fear at all. If we approach this match with fear within us, we will bring ourselves down and we’d be able to do so much less than what we can actually do.
Benjamin Pavard accepts that France will have to “step up” if they are to beat Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 semi-final.
Les Bleus have beaten Argentina 4-3 and Uruguay 2-0 in the knockout stages but were disappointing in all three of their group matches – against Australia, Peru and Denmark. The grim match against the Danes remains the only goalless draw in the tournament.
“It’s a super-exciting game with great players on both sides,” France defender Benjamin Pavard said. “It’s going to be a man’s match and we will have to step up.”
France won the World Cup on home soil 20 years ago and can be backed at 2/1 to win this summer’s tournament, while England are available at 5/2 and Croatia 9/2.
Both two teams have met 73 times, with Belgium winning 30 matches and France 24, while there have been 19 draws. France head coach Didier Deschamps has a full-strength squad to choose from while Belgium will be without suspended full-back Thomas Meunier.
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