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Starting XI: France Vs Belgium

1998 champions France take on Roberto Martinez's Belgium in the first 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night. Here's how the two teams will line up!

Click through the gallery above to see France’s starting XI.

2018 FIFA World Cup, semi-finals

Teams: France vs Belgium

Date: 10 July 2018

Time: 20:00

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Both France and Belgium will head into the clash unbeaten at the 2018 World Cup so far, with both nations topping their respective groups earlier in the competition.

Martinez's Red Devils impressed this past Friday when they beat Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals, during which the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois impressed.

Les Bleus go into the match off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Uruguay in the previous round, although they were not tested all that much with Edinson Cavani out injured for the South Americans.

The last time these two countries went head to head was in a friendly 2015, when Belgium defeated the Frenchmen 4-3, while the last time Les Bleus beat the Red Devils was in 2004.

Belgium have scored at least two goals in nine of their previous 10 World Cup matches, but will be without Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier, who is suspended.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi returns from suspension for France, while Marouane Fellaini is once again deployed in midfield for Belgium following his impressive display against Brazil.

While Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe top France's scoring charts with three strikes each, Lukaku has hit the back of the net four times for the Belgians.

The winner of Tuesday night's game will book themselves a place in the final, and could go on to write their names in the World Cup's history books.

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Here is how the teams will line up:

France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, L.Hernandez; Pogba, Kanté, Matuidi; Mbappé, Giroud, Griezmann.

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Chadli, Witsel, Fellaini, Dembélé; De Bruyne, Lukaku, E.Hazard.

Which team do you think will advance to the final? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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