Matuidi starts for France against Belgium

Matuidi starts for France against Belgium

10 Jul 2018, 18:23

Mousa Dembele has replaced the suspended Thomas Meunier in Belgium's line-up to face France after Roberto Martinez sprung a selection surprise for the World Cup semi-final in St Petersburg.

Tottenham midfielder Dembele was an unused substitute in both of Belgium's previous knockout stage matches but comes in for Paris Saint-Germain wing-back Meunier.

What that means in terms of Belgium's formation is unclear, with the team's official Twitter account listing Dembele – who operates centrally by trade – on the right of a midfield four.

Another option could be deploying Kevin De Bruyne, who operated at false nine and scored in a man-of-the-match display against Brazil last time out, on the right-hand side.

France make their expected alteration to the side that beat Uruguay 2-0, with Blaise Matuidi back in for Corentin Tolisso after a suspension of his own.

Kylian Mbappe starts in attack despite missing training on Monday, as do right-back Benjamin Pavard and midfielder N'Golo Kante after only playing a minimal part in that session.

Related news
Futaa Best Bet
Back Goals At Both Ends When Iceland Face Switzerland
2 hours ago
UEFA Champions League
PSG star wades into match-fixing accusations
56 minutes ago
English Premier League
Paul Pogba speaks on captaincy situation
10 Oct 2018, 13:25
Kenya Premier League
Musa Otieno lauds AFCON - aspiring Harambee Stars
4 hours ago
English Premier League
Wenger back in dug-out for Mertesacker's farewell match
22 hours ago