Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Belgium has been a serious force in international football over the last decade.
They have a squad full of talent which has been dubbed by many as Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’.
This crop of players represents the nation’s best chance they have ever had of winning a first major international trophy.
In 2018, Belgium came third in the World Cup, losing to eventual winners France in the semi-finals.
They will be hoping to improve on their promising run that year and finally lift a major international trophy in Qatar, especially after an unbeaten qualifying campaign.
With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku, they certainly have the players to make this dream a reality.
De Bruyne had yet another incredible season last term at the heart of the Manchester City midfield, contributing 33 goals and assists, and he has been performing well this campaign also.
Although Lukaku struggled on his return to Chelsea last season, and Hazard has been plagued by injury in recent years, come the World Cup they will look to be the nation’s inspiration in attack.
Belgium Team Odds To Win World Cup
Although they are not the favourites to win the competition, Belgium is up there with the best and is priced at 16/1 (+1600) to lift the trophy, making them eighth favourites to go all the way.
They sit behind the likes of Brazil, France, and England who are some of the best teams in world football with a rich history in international competitions.
Although Belgium does not have the same tournament pedigree as these teams, there is no shortage of talent and ability in their ranks.
Belgium is in Group F with Croatia, Morocco, and Canada and are tipped as the favourites to win the group at 8/13 (-163).
Croatia, who surprisingly reached the final of the World Cup in 2018, will be Belgium’s biggest challenge in the group.
However, they have an aging squad, and Belgium should have enough quality to progress from this group with relative ease and book their place in the knockout stages of the competition with odds of 1/9 (-900).
Belgium has never reached the final of the World Cup, but they could be in with a legitimate shot at changing this in Qatar.
This is arguably the best squad they have ever had, and although stars like Hazard are coming to the back end of their careers, they still have a lot to offer.
As such, they are priced at 6/1 (+600) – original odds: 5/1 (+500) – to reach their first-ever World Cup final and go a step further than they managed in 2018.
Belgium to repeat their trick of 2018 and reach another World Cup semi-final this year is priced at 13/5 (+260) – original odds: 12/5 (+240) – while they are EVS (+100) – original odds: 5/6 (-120) – to reach the quarter-finals.
How To Bet On Belgium Team In Qatar
As they were in the last World Cup, Belgium is likely to still be involved as the tournament reaches its business end.
It’s therefore understandable why you might be looking to place a bet on Belgium in Qatar.
Before you do anything, though, it’s important to get a feel of how the different markets when it comes to football betting work, as there can be an overwhelming amount of options.
By doing this and understanding when to pick the right bets at the right time, you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of a successful wager.
We’ve rounded up a list of popular types of bets to focus on when betting on Belgium at the World Cup this winter.
Player Prop Bets
Given Romelu Lukaku’s impressive record for Belgium, you may want to bet on the striker to score anytime during a Red Devils match.
This is an example of a player prop bet, which are bets based on a player’s performance during a game.
Team Prop Bets
Given Belgium’s superiority over the majority of footballing nations, you may want to bet on them to win a game and keep a clean sheet.
This is an example of a team prop bet, which are bets based on a team’s performance during a game. This doesn’t, however, have to directly relate to the result of the match.
A slightly different bet that you may want to wager on is the Asian handicap bet.
By offering a handicap to one of the nations playing, this market brings the odds closer together. Effectively, one of the sides is leading by a number of goals before the match has kicked off.
Belgium will be the favourites when they take on Canada in Qatar.
The handicap for this match could therefore be three and a half goals, with Belgium on -3.5 goals and Canada on +3.5 goals.
You can then bet on Belgium to win with a -3.5 goal handicap or Canada to win with a +3.5 goal handicap.
Whichever side then scores the most goals after the handicap is applied is the winner. If you bet on Belgium to win with the handicap and they only beat Denmark 3-1, you would lose the wager.
During a Belgium game versus Morocco at the World Cup, you might expect there to be a number of goals given the talent the Red Devils possess, so you could bet on over 4.5 goals to be scored in total.
This is an example of a goal lines bet, which enables you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.
During a Belgium game against Canada at the World Cup, a bookmaker may predict there to be a total of four goals scored during the game.
You could then opt to bet on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored in the game than the predicted four.
This is an example of a totals bet, which enables you to bet over or under the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Belgium
Before you can bet on Romelu Lukaku to score in the first half against Canada, or a similar Belgium bet of your choice, you must open an account with an online bookmaker.
There will be plenty of options to choose from so ensure you’ve selected one with the best odds or a promotion that appeals to you.
Once you have found one, you then need to register an account.
You can then add the bet you are looking to put some money on onto your online betting slip before placing it.
Here are five simple steps to follow to help you with the process:
- Select your chosen odds before adding them to your online betting slip.
- Decipher how much money you want to put down for the bet before typing this figure in the appropriate area.
- Ensure you then deposit the relevant amount of money into your account to enable you to place the bet.
- You are now all set to hit the ‘place bet’ button or similar. Your on-screen betting slip will then confirm the bet has been placed.
- Keep tabs on your betting slip during the 90 minutes of the Belgium game as you might be offered ‘cash out’ options that you may wish to take up.
Belgium Team Overview For Qatar
The Red Devils (not to be mistaken with Manchester United, who are known by the same nickname) are undeniably a great football team, with some of the best players in the world.
However, this current squad has struggled to get over the line in recent international tournaments, despite being one of the best teams in the European Championship and World Cup competitions over the past decade.
They are the only country to ever be top of the FIFA world rankings without having won the World Cup or a continental trophy.
This is telling of the team’s incredible talent but lack of tournament know-how.
Key Football Players
In recent years it has been widely agreed that Belgium has been home to some of the greatest stars in world football.
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is the current pick of the bunch and was named Premier League Player of the Season in 2019/20 before winning the prize again last season after another impressive campaign.
He is a creative player known for his incredible passing ability. However, he also has a keen eye for goals and found the net 19 times for his club last season.
Leading the line ahead of De Bruyne will be Romelu Lukaku, a strong and powerful striker who is a tough challenge for any defender.
His move from Inter Milan to former club Chelsea at the start of the season has been disappointing. However, he is nevertheless a world-class striker with a significant goal threat.
Players like Michy Batshuayi, Dries Mertens and Leandro Trossard will also provide reliable options in attack.
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has long been a key player for Belgium.
He has faced numerous injury problems since his move away from Chelsea in 2019, but when he is fit, he is one of the most exciting and effective wingers.
He can truly make something happen out of nothing. His brother Thorgan Hazard, the talented Youri Tielemans, and the reliable Axel Witsel are other notable options in midfield that Belgium can call upon.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been an ever-present feature of Belgium’s back-line for years.
They have formed a partnership that was fruitful at the club level for Tottenham, as well as on the international scene.
With Belgium often playing with a back three, they will most likely be joined by Jason Denayer of Lyon.
They also have a more than reliable number one Real Madrid goalkeeper and 2022 Champions League Final hero, Thibaut Courtois.
Belgium’s main injury concern is that of right-back Thomas Meunier, who sustained a cheekbone fracture in October. He is however ‘hopeful’ of being fit for the start of the tournament.
Belgium have no other current injury problems, although they’ll be keen to keep captain Eden Hazard fit for the duration of the tournament.
Coaching & Technical Staff
The Spaniard Roberto Martinez is the current manager of Belgium and has been in charge since 2016.
As a player he had an unremarkable career playing for often relegation-threatened clubs in the top divisions across Europe, starting at Real Zaragoza in Spain, with stints at Wigan Athletic and Swansea City among others.
However, he has enjoyed more success as a manager, notably winning the FA Cup with Wigan and finishing fifth in the Premier League with Everton during the 2013/14 season.
In that season he also registered the club’s highest ever points tally in the Premier League.
Martinez is joined by Thierry Henry as his assistant manager, one of the best players to ever grace the Premier League.
Henry managed Monaco and Montreal Impact before becoming Martinez’s assistant for the second time.
As a young coach, Henry will be gaining a lot of experience from working with Belgium, and we may soon see him go back into a managerial role.
Anthony Barry and Thomas Vermaelen join the team as further assistant managers, with Erwin Lemmens and Iñaki Vergara as goalkeeper coaches.
Belgium Team Road To Qatar
Belgium enjoyed a straightforward route to the 2022 World Cup finals, winning six of their eight games and drawing the other two.
They managed to score 25 goals whilst only conceding six and finished top of their group, five points ahead of second-placed Wales and six ahead of third-placed Czech Republic.
The highlight of this campaign was an 8-0 win against Belarus in which six different Belgian players scored, with Hans Vanaken and Brighton’s Leandro Trossard managing two each.
Romelu Lukaku was a stand-out performer in qualifying and was Belgium’s top scorer, netting five goals.
In a group with no team that would have been expected to mount a serious challenge against an accomplished Belgium side, it was no surprise they came top of the pile.
However, when they get to the finals this winter, they will face teams in the latter stages of the competition who will pose a serious threat and it will be interesting to see how they react to that test.
Belgium’s World Cup History
Despite being consistently ranked as one of the best teams in the world by FIFA in recent years, Belgium has never reached a World Cup final.
Their only final in a major tournament came in 1980 at the European Championship, but they lost against West Germany.
As a small nation, their footballing heritage is minimal, and this squad is the best they have ever had. In 2018 they finished third at the World Cup, beating England in the third-place play-off.
They started that 2018 tournament very impressively with five wins from five, including a stunning comeback from 2-0 down against Japan to win 3-2, before then losing to France in the semi-final.
It was a promising campaign for Belgium, and they showed that they had the potential to do well on the biggest stage. Can they go even further this time around and lift the trophy?
Like every national team, Belgium claims to have the best and most passionate fans in the world. Kitted out in red, yellow, and black, they certainly have a case for this accolade.
They will cheer as loudly as any other fans when they are watching their team, often sporting a hat in the colours of their flag with devil horns, a hint to their nickname ‘The Red Devils’.
With an array of talent in their team, their fans are used to watching good football in recent times, but will they finally be treated to a major tournament win in Qatar?