THEY say football's coming home but it might take a wrong turning to Paris or Brussels.

The first semi-final features France v Belgium and whoever wins will be favourites to triumph against England or Croatia on Sunday.

France and Belgium have been the tournament's most impressive sides and this could be a cracker. It's not easy to call though and no result would surprise me.

Bookies are siding with France who are 31-20 to win in 90 minutes and 4-5 at Marathonbet to qualify.

Belgium, so impressive in knocking out Brazil, are 2-1 with McBookie to triumph and to go through it's 4-5 at Marathonbet.

The draw is 9-4 at Betfred while a penalty shoot-out pays 9-2 at Sky Bet. If pushed I'd side with Belgium who are 11-10 at bet365 to qualify, but best bet could be to go for goals.

Both sides boast tremendous attacking threats – Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe for France and the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne for Belgium.

There should be goals and over 2.5 pays 6-5 at William Hill while both to score is a biggest 20-23 at Ladbrokes.

Lukaku had a great game against Brazil without scoring and it could be more of the same.

Hazard, who takes the penalties, is 8-1 at Marathonbet to net first and 3-1 to score while de Bruyne, who hit that beaut against Brazil, is 14-1 with bet365 to break the deadlock and 6-1 to net at any time.

Griezmann is 5-1 at McBookie to strike first with Mbappe 6-1 with bet365. To score they are 2-1 at McBookie and 12-5 with Paddy Power respectively.

Recommended Bets

  • Over 2.5 goals
  • De Bruyne to score
  • Belgium to qualify

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