Belgium face France in St Petersburg for a place in the World Cup final, it is the first time since Mexico 1986 that the Red Devils have reached the last four.
Roberto Martinez has deployed a 3-4-3 formation for the majority of his time in charge but changed to a 4-3-3 to counter the Braziianl attack, it remains to be seen whether the Spaniard reverts back to a 3-4-3 or maintains momentum by keeping with four at the back.
One thing is for sure, however, is that PSG full back Thomas Meunier is suspended for the clash with France after picking up a second booking of the competition in the win over Brazil.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Belgium so here’s how I expect them to line up against France:
GK: Thibaut Courtois
Without doubt one of the best ‘keepers in the world and has been brilliant all tournament.
RWB: Nacer Chadli
With Meunier suspended, and without proper right back cover, it is likely we will see Chadli moved to right wing back in place of the PSG man.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
A constant for both Tottenham and Belgium throughout the years, a cert in the starting XI.
CB: Vincent Kompany
Kompany provided the flick on for Man City teammate Fernandinho’s own goal to put Belgium 1-0 up.He has had his injury doubts but has had a fine tournament thus far.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
One of the first names on the team sheet, no brainer.
LWB: Yannick Carrasco
Dropped in place of Chadli in the quarter-final but with the West Brom man potentially moving to RWB, should see Carrasco restored to the starting XI at LWB.
CM: Maroune Fellaini
Fellaini completely changed the game in the last 16 against Japan, scoring the equaliser on the way to a 3-2 comeback victory, his battle with Kante and Pogba in the midfield will be key to victory.
CM: Axel Witsel
Has had a solid tournament in the middle of the park, will be tested against the French attack.
RW: Kevin De Bruyne
The move forward from a midfield two to a front three paid dividends for Belgium and De Bruyne, his playmaking abilities caused havoc in the Brazil defence and he scored a stunning goal to put Belgium 2-0 up.
ST: Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku was deployed out wide against Brazil and it worked a treat, his pace and movement up front caused Brazil no end of problems on the counter-attack and I expect him and KdB to rotate positions again against France.
LW: Eden Hazard (c)
Hazard has had a fantastic tournament and put in one of the performances of his life in the quarter-final, the Chelsea winger completed all ten of his attempted dribbles and is a real contender for the Golden Ball this summer.