Belgium go into the 2018 World Cup bidding for their first major tournament success and with their golden generation all in the prime stages of their career, there is real optimism inside the country that their national team can finally deliver silverware.
Four years ago in Brazil, Belgium fell out of the competition in the last eight when they were beaten 1-0 by Argentina in what was a tight game in Brasilia. There is definitely a strong argument to be made to suggest the Red Devils are better equipped for a challenge for the trophy this time around.
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One of the outstanding players in the 2017/18 season in Europe has been Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City. The midfielder was very unfortunate to lose out to Mo Salah for the PFA Player of the Year, however, anybody who watched the Premier League last season will know exactly how good the Belgian has been. The Manchester City man played an integral part in them lifting the trophy and breaking all kinds of records in England. If he can carry that form into the World Cup in Russia, they will have a great chance against any team in the tournament. De Bruyne is 25/1 to be handed the Golden Ball, the award for the best player at the competition.
De Bruyne is not the only attacking threat which can cause defences problems at the World Cup. When you throw in Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Axel Witsel and Mousa Dembele, Roberto Martinez has a lot of options going forward to choose from. Therefore, at 12/1, they look an excellent bet in the outright market.
Belgium have been drawn into Group G which involves England, Tunisia and Panama. They will be expected to qualify out of that group with no problems and the top spot in the table could be determined in the final game when they take on England. There will be lots of punters who will want to bet on England at World Cup Group stage to finish as the winners, however, given many of the Belgium players feature in the Premier League, they should know their opposite numbers very well and will not fear them.
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One of the factors which may help Belgium have an edge over England in the group stages and beyond is their defence. They are 6/5 to win Group G and it is difficult seeing them conceding many against Tunisia or Panama, therefore, a draw in the final game may be enough to top the standings. Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and may be heading to Real Madrid this summer. He is also supported by Thomas
Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in what is arguably the strongest defence in the competition.Like all teams in the tournament, Belgium may need a bit of luck by winning a shootout at some stage of the competition, however, they have a squad which is packed full of talent and are used to playing with each other, so they are one of the main contenders to go all the way.