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World Cup semi-finals: Tips from the traders

There are just four teams left in Russia and all are dreaming of reaching the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

An all-European showpiece is guaranteed and a new champion is a possibility as France face Belgium on Tuesday before England take on Croatia on Wednesday.

We have World Cup match previews for each game but we also spoke to the BetStars traders to find out where they think the value bets are in the semi-finals.

France vs Belgium

Although Belgium are the underdogs for the semi-final, Roberto Martinez's side are the only team to have won all their games in the competition so far and beating Brazil could give them the confidence they need to go all the way.

Eden Hazard has been one of Belgium's top performers with two goals and two assists as well as a wonderful display of dribbling against Brazil. We're backing Hazard to be the man to lead Belgium's golden generation to their first ever World Cup final .

At 5/1, Hazard to score and Belgium to win in 90 minutes looks to be a great value bet.

All the talk has been about Belgium's defensive fragility but Didier Deschamps' French side have shown their own frailties and are yet to be truly tested at this tournament.

France's attacking players have also struggled to get going in Russia, with the exception of their win over Argentina, and we're backing Belgium to pose a far greater threat in the final third. Belgium to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 3/1 is our tip for this semi-final showdown in St Petersburg.

Croatia vs England

This Croatia side are arguably stronger on paper than the Three Lions but after a professional display against Sweden, we expect Gareth Southgate's side to get the job done and secure a place in the final for the first time since 1966.

Two consecutive penalty shoot-outs will have left the Croatians feeling extremely fatigued ahead of Wednesday night's game and we expect England's high pressing game to reap rewards in Moscow. Back England to go one step closer to bring football home at 13/20.

Croatia will provide England with their toughest test so far in the tournament, but having gone all the way to penalties in their last two ties, we expect this to take its toll on their attempts to qualify for the final against England's young stars.

England captain Harry Kane has had a fantastic World Cup and after a quiet game against Sweden, we're backing him to rise to the occasion and lead the Three Lions to a memorable victory in Moscow.

At 5/2, Harry Kane to score and England to win looks to be the standout bet in this one.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in World Cup