And then there were four. England, Belgium, France, and Croatia will gut it out for the 2018 World Cup. If you are ready to bet now, use my World Cup semis expert picks and analysis to make a better bet.
World Cup Semifinals Expert Picks
Total 2½ Over +120/Under -135
France was close to unreal in their 2 to 0 victory over Uruguay. A huge asterisk must be placed next to France’s victory, though. Uruguay’s top player, the awesome Edison Cavani, couldn’t start due to a calf injury he suffered in Uruguay’s victory over Portugal. Without Cavani, Uruguay struggled. The team is best when both Cavani and Luis Suarez can play off each other.
France did score 2 goals versus a good Uruguayn defense. France’s form on offense was so good that it will impossible to keep Greizmann or Mbappe from hitting the back of the net. That doesn’t Belgium can’t win, though.
Belgium is one of the few teams in this World Cup who can keep up with France on the scoreboard. The Belgians have two of the very best offensive players in the world on their squad in midfielder Kevin DeBruyne and striker Romelu Lukaku. Not only that, but this Belgian team has played together as masterfully during the World Cup, if not more so, than any other team left in the tournament.
There’s a reason Belgium beat Brazil for it’s fifth victory in this World Cup. There’s a reason the Belgians so easily handled the opponents in their group. Belgium is the best team in this year’s World Cup.
Total 2 Over -112/Under -103
Croatia managed to blow a 2 to 1 lead in extra time. Luckily, they ended Russia’s improbable World Cup run via penalty kicks. Now, Croatia faces England on Wednesday in the World Cup Semifinals. To bad for Croatia that the English are ready to advance to the World Cup Finals.
No matter that Croatia has played back-to-back extra time and penalty shootout matches. The fact that Croatia is tired only adds to my belief that England easily wins. The English remain the fastest team in the World Cup.
Their speed would have gotten them past Croatia even if the Croats hadn’t played the extra time versus Russia. England’s speed is so devastating in this match that Croatia could end up losing by 2 to 3 goals.
I’ll give Croatia the benefit of the doubt and say that England only lays 2 on them.