Belgium and France will face each other on Thursday for the semifinals of the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League at Juventus Stadium in Turin. The winner of this game will face Spain or Italy, who will play the other semifinal.
No doubt that these two teams are two European powerhouses, however both sides didn’t have the Euro 2020 campaign that they expected. France failed in the Round of 16 to Switzerland in the penalty kicks, while Belgium lost to Italy in the quarterfinals.
Now, they both will want to reach a final. Roberto Martinez's side won the top spot in League A Group 2 to advance to the final four, while Les Bleus beat reigning champions Portugal to top spot in Group 3. Now, who will reach the decisive match?
Belgium’s possible lineup
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is back with his national team, while Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku will likely feature in the attack. Meanwhile, Charles De Ketelaere, who only has played once with the team, was called back again.
This could be Belgium’s starting lineup against France: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco; E. Hazard, De Bruyne; Lukaku.
France’s possible lineup
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante won’t be available for this encounter after testing positive for coronavirus last month. Adrien Rabiot and Aurelien Tchouameni could be the ones to feature from the first whistle.
This could be France’s starting XI to face Belgium: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Rabiot, Pogba, Tchouameni; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema.