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Belgium Odds To Win World Cup

If Belgium is to truly fulfil the potential of its Golden Generation, head coach Roberto Martinez must lead this team to World Cup glory this winter. That may sound like a tough ask – and the online sportsbooks don’t expect Belgium to win the World Cup – but only the trophy will do for fans of De Rode Duivels.

This Belgium side has been turning heads for years. Boasting the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens, Belgium are a match for any team in world soccer. The problem is they’ve never been able to stitch together a trophy-winning team when it matters most.

The disappointing performance at last summer’s European Championships triggered plenty of soul searching within the team. Thankfully Martinez seems to have put things right – and Belgium are considered part of the group of outside-favorites for this tournament.

The World Cup is arguably the last chance this Belgium team has to reach its full potential. Martinez is well liked in the country, and has the respect of the players. They reached the World Cup semi-finals four years ago before being knocked out by France. Can they go one or even two steps further here, and win the whole thing?

TeamGroup WinnerQualify From Group
Belgium-250-1100
Croatia+275-190
Morocco+900+250
Canada+1100+250

Odds Provided by BetMGM. Accurate as of Aug. 8, 2022 - Subject to Change

The latest Belgium World Cup odds have the team priced at +1200. That represents a 7.7% likelihood of Martinez steering this team to victory.

It’s a long shot but still sees Belgium as the joint-seventh favorites to win, behind the likes of England, Brazil and Germany. Part of the reason why sportsbooks aren’t pricing Belgium lower is because there is little history to suggest this team has the winning formula instilled in its DNA.

Unlike Spain, France and Germany who regularly reach finals, Belgium has only once made it to the semi-finals. So perhaps we’re asking too much of Hazard, Lukaku and co. to go the extra mile here.

But what is for certain is that Belgium should make the last-16. In fact, they should waltz through a group that contains Canada, Croatia and Morocco.

Belgium Path To Final

Belgium is seeded second in the world heading into Qatar. Only Brazil top the 2018 semi-finalists in the rankings – and that is testament to the job Martinez has done in hauling Belgium up the ladder. Here’s how the draw and potential route to the final looks for Belgium.

Pot Draw

Being ranked second in the world means Belgium were guaranteed to be in Pot 1 for the World Cup draw. And that means they avoid facing the likes of England, Brazil and Argentina in the group stage.

Group Stage

Indeed, Belgium will instead face Canada, Morocco and Croatia in World Cup Group F. Without any disrespect to the other teams, this is a group Belgium should expect to win comfortably. Anything less than maximum points would be seen as concerning. In fact, Martinez can use the group stage as practice ahead of the big knockout games to come.

Potential Knockout Stage Games

And Martinez will hope his team is fresh for the knockout stage, because the big games come fast. Assuming Belgium win Group F, they will play Group E runners-up in the last-16. That’s going to be either Germany or Spain. Scrape through that and it could be Portugal in the quarter-finals, and then either England or France in the semi-finals. Win those games and the reward is probably a final against either Brazil or Argentina.

Belgium Previous World Cup Finishes

Belgium is considered one of those nations that have been to plenty of World Cups, but have somehow never won it. Like Portugal and the Netherlands, Belgium is steeped in soccer history. But the World Cup has proved elusive. Here’s how Belgium have fared down the years…

  • 1930 – Group stage
  • 1934 – Last-16
  • 1938 – Last-16
  • 1954 – Group stage
  • 1970 – Group stage
  • 1982 – Group stage
  • 1986 – Fourth place
  • 1990 – Last-16
  • 1994 – Last-16
  • 1998 – Group Stage
  • 2002 – Last-16
  • 2014 – Quarter-finals
  • 2018 – Third place

Belgium Golden Boot Odds

PlayerGolden Boot Odds
Romelu Lukaku+2000
Kevin De Bruyne+5000
Dries Mertens+6600
Eden Hazard+6600

Odds Provided by bet365. Accurate as of Aug. 8, 2022 - Subject to Change

Belgium World Cup FAQ

 Has Belgium qualified for the World Cup?

Yes. Belgium has qualified for the World Cup and will compete in Group F alongside Croatia, Canada and Morocco.

 Why Is the World Cup In November?

The World Cup is in November 2022 because it is being held in Qatar. Officials decided that to stage the tournament in the Qatari summer would be too hot for players and fans.

Will Belgium win the World Cup?

Possibly. Sportsbooks currently give Belgium an outside chance of winning the World Cup. Six nations – including England, Germany and Spain – have a better chance, according to the soccer odds.

Who will be Belgium’s top scorer at the World Cup?

Belgium has plenty of candidates to be its top scorer at this World Cup. Star players include all-time top scorer Romelu Lukaku, influential playmakers Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, and impact striker Michy Batshuayi.

Who can Belgium play at the World Cup?

Belgium will face Croatia, Canada and Morocco in the World Cup group stage. After that, the team could play Germany or Spain in the last-16, Portugal in the quarter-finals, England or France in the semis, and then possible Brazil or Argentina in the final.

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