Didier Deschamps' France face a stern test against neighbours Belgium
Didier Deschamps' France face a stern test against neighbours Belgium

After Spain toppled European champions Italy last night, Belgium and France do battle for the right to face La Roja in Sunday’s Nations League final.

We look ahead to this evening's clash in detail while also bringing you the day’s best transfer gossip and the latest from the world of boxing. 

Belgium vs France

A Ferran Torres brace helped Spain end Italy’s world-record 37-game unbeaten run on Wednesday, with a 2-1 win enough to see Luis Enrique’s men march into the Nations League final.

They will face the winners of the other semi-final encounter as two of the most exciting sides in world football collide in Belgium and France.

While many superstars will be on show at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium, there is an unlikely name in line to make his debut for Les Bleus — Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi.

Exiled from the Gunners after a spell of inconsistency and ill-discipline, Guendouzi has been magnificent in Marseille this term and could be rewarded with a first cap by Didier Deschamps tonight.

We take a closer look at how the controversial playmaker has put himself on the road to redemption.

Read more: France hope bad boy Guendouzi can come good
France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is in fantastic form
France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is in fantastic form

Another French star in the spotlight today is Karim Benzema, with the legendary forward enjoying one of the finest starts to a domestic campaign ever.

Benzema, 33, played a direct role in 15 goals during the first six games of the new LaLiga season (eight goals, seven assists) — the highest such tally of any individual this century.

How does the prolific Los Blancos frontman keep hitting new heights despite his advancing years?

Read more: Ballon d'Or driving evergreen Benzema's stunning form

Transfers latest

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is supposedly a target for Arsenal
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is supposedly a target for Arsenal

As always, you can stay up to speed with the latest whispers from football’s rumour mill thanks to our daily Transfer Talk column. 

Today’s update leads on reports that Arsenal are out to strengthen their forward ranks — Everton marksman Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa hotshot Ollie Watkins have both been linked with the Gunners.

Read more: Arsenal eye England pair Calvert-Lewin and Watkins

We also examine the red-hot start to the 2021-22 season of Blackburn’s Chilean sensation Ben Brereton Diaz, who is bound to receive plenty of admiring glances come the January window.

The 22-year-old has made an electric start to his Championship campaign by netting 10 goals in just 11 games for Rovers — has that form made a Premier League move inevitable? 

Read more: How Brereton Diaz became a red-hot Chile star

Beat The Count special

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury's trilogy fight takes place on Saturday
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury's trilogy fight takes place on Saturday

Today also marks a very special edition of our boxing column Beat The Count, with resident expert Gavin Glicksman on hand to look ahead to Saturday’s world heavyweight title bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

It will be the third clash between the Gypsy King and Bronze Bomber, with WBC champ Fury having stopped his American opponent in the seventh round of their previous meeting last year.

However, following Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last month, Wilder will believe he can turn the tables and deliver an upset of his own.

Read more: Fury's trilogy bout with Deontay will be a Wild affair

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