France vs Belgium (Tuesday, 7pm)
• Didier Deschamps is expected to name the same team who defeat Uruguay in the quarter-final.
• Blaise Matuidi is now available though, having missed that game following suspension.
• Belgium will make at least one enforced change, with Thomas Meunier suspended for this game have reached the yellow card limit.
• Roberto Martinez has now led Belgium to 10 consecutive wins.
• Romelu Lukaku will likely start from the right side of attack again, with Kevin De Bruyne utilised as a False 9.
• Lukaku has scored four times, tying him for second place with Cristiano Ronaldo and Denis Cheryshev in the race for the Golden Boot (behind Harry Kane, who has six goals to his name)
• Belgium have scored more goals (7) from open play than any other side at the tournament.
• Kevin De Bruyne is averaging more key passes per game (4) than any other player still participating at this World Cup.
• Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are joint top-scorers for the French (3).
• France are currently averaging 11 shots per game at the tournament, while allowing an average of 8.4 across their five games.
• Deschamps’ teams have averaged 1.6 yellow cards per game.
France to qualify: 3/4.
Both Teams to Score: 8/11.
Olivier Giroud to score at any time: 21/10
England vs Croatia (Wednesday, 7pm)
• Sime Vrsaljko has been ruled out following a muscle injury sustained against Russia with Vedran Corluka likely to replace him at full-back.
• Marcelo Brozovic should be recalled to play behind a midfield of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
• Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is a doubt following the severe cramp suffered towards the end of the game with Russia.
• Jordan Henderson is expected to be fit for England, while Jamie Vardy should also be available again.
• Gareth Southgate will pick the same side that begun the previous two knockout games.
• Croatia have averaged 2.4 yellow cards per game at this World Cup.
• They’ve also averaged two goals per game across the tournament.
• Only one of their goals has come from a set-piece, with 60% of their return in open-play.
• Just 12% of their passes have been long-balls.
• Their top-scorer is Luka Modric, the only Croatian player to score more than once at this World Cup.
• England average one yellow card per game.
• 72% of their goals have come via a set-piece or penalty.
• Gareth Southgate’s team are averaging 13.6 shots per game and 54.2% possession.
• Five of the last six runnings of this fixture have seen more than 2.5 goals scored.
• England have scored at least two goals in five of their last six meetings with Croatia.
• Harry Kane is the competition’s top-scorer (6).
England to qualify after extra-time: 9/1.
England to score a penalty:
Over 2.5 goals to be scored: 6/4.
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