Belgium odds to win World Cup at 20/1 look plenty of value

The much fancied Belgium go into their first World Cup since 2002 with an outside chance of going all the way as their odds to win the World Cup of 20/1 look plenty of appeal.

Manager: Marc Wilmots
World Cup best:
Fourth place (1986)
How they qualified:
Winner European Group A

After disappointing during the 2012 European Championship qualifying, Marc Wilmots’s side certainly put it right for Brazil!

Belgium won all five of their away matches, with only Croatia and Wales stopping the Red Devils from winning all 10 group games.

Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne was excellent during qualifying for Belgium, top scoring with four goals.

Star player: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

The fantastic talent at Lille has matured into one of Europe’s best footballers and Eden Hazard will believe the 2014 World Cup is his stage.

Hazard won Chelsea’s player of the year award this week and goes into the tournament as key for his country and he is his club.

One to watch: Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

Having flirted with seemingly every country in Europe, Adnan Januzaj has chosen to represent Belgium.

Wilmots had no doubts about calling him into his World Cup squad, despite just one season of first-team football.

It’s hard to see Januzaj being a starter in Brazil, however expect Wilmots to use him off the bench when needs be.

Belgium’s strength in depth in the midfield and attack is deep, with the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Moussa Dembele set for roles on the bench.

A host of young players that are set to dominate Europe for years, include the likes of the loaned out Chelsea duo in Thiabut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku.

Central defenders have been forced into full-back slots in the case of Jan Vertongthen (although he is used to it at Tottenham).

A lack of international tournament know how could come back to haunt them, however their list of weaknesses are shorter than the majority at the tournament.

How far can they go?
Belgium will certainly take the group they have drawn and if all goes to plan they will qualify from it top.

One from Group G awaits in the next round, all of whom could beat Belgium!


Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Silvio Proto*

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Laurent Ciman, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Lombaerts, Daniel Van Buyten, Anthony Vanden Borre, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Steven Defour, Moussa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas, Divock Origi

*Silvio Proto won’t be in squad if Keon Casteels recovers from injury

Group H
South Korea


Tuesday 17th June: Belgium vs. Algeria 17:00
Sunday 22nd June: Belgium vs. Russia 17:00
Thursday 26nd June: South Korea vs. Belgium 21:00


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