Here’s all the information you need to know before the match this evening.
When is Belgium vs France?
The match will kick off at 7:45pm BST on Thursday 7 October and will be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
How can I watch it?
It will be shown live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting at 7:30pm.
What was the team news?
Belgium are without attackers Dries Mertens and Jeremy Doku and defender Thomas Vermaelen from their Euro 2020 squad but the rest of the old guard returns for manager Roberto Martinez. Eden Hazard has yet to play 90 minutes this season for Real Madrid but has featured in their last five matches as he looks to build up his fitness.
France will be without N’Golo Kante due to the Chelsea midfielder’s positive Covid-19 test, and Deschamps has three fresh faces in Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout and former Arsenal man Matteo Guendouzi as possible replacements to start alongside Paul Pogba, as well as Adrien Rabiot. Karim Benzema remains in the squad and has been in brilliant goalscoring form this season for Real Madrid. Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Lemar have not been included.
What’s the story?
A place in Sunday’s final against Spain is the prize at stake as both these nations look to make amends for falling short at UEFA EURO 2020. Many expected France to add the European title to their world crown but their round of 16 elimination at the hands of Switzerland was one of the shocks of the tournament. Belgium went one stage further but could not get the better of eventual winners Italy in a thrilling quarter-final.
The Red Devils have used the recent European Qualifiers to blow away some of the cobwebs better than Les Bleus – though no team has a greater lead at the top of their groups then these two – but the weight of history is against Roberto Martínez’s men. France beat them in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals to make it a clean sweep of victories in the four meetings between these nations at final tournaments.