Belgium Team Info – Can They Finally Win?
Belgium was ranked number one in the world rankings from 2018 until 2022. The team is full of star players and for nearly a decade, they have been amongst the favourites to win either the World Cup or the European Championships. Despite this, the Belgian badge still has not added that first star - signalling a World Cup title. The only piece of silverware Belgium has is a Gold medal from the 1920 Olympic Games. In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Belgium was drawn into a group with Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, and Wales. From their 8 games, they won 6 and drew 2, scoring 25 goals in the process and only conceding 6.
Despite the fantastic performances, there may be some point of concern with Belgium's defence. They only kept a clean sheet for 3 of their matches, and whilst they scored far more than their opponents in some games, there is room for development. Their first choice keeper, Thibaut Courtois plays for Real Madrid and has 94 caps for his country. The two main defenders for Belgium are Jan Verthonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who are 35 and 33 years old. There are also some younger options that Roberto Martinez may field, such as Jason Denayer, Timothy Castagne, and Thomas Meunier. Belgium's midfield has many fantastic players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Leandro Trossard, Axel Witsel, and more. Romelu Lukaku is their lead striker and top goal scorer for Belgium with 68 goals from 102 appearances.
Canada Team Info – A Possible Dark Horse
After topping the CONCACAF World Cup qualification group, Canada will enter the World Cup for a second time in their history. They had a great qualifying campaign, winning 8 of their 14 matches, drawing 4 times and losing only twice. They scored 23 goals, the most in the group, and conceded only 7 goals. At the end of the group, they were level points with Mexico, but Canada had a greater goal difference so they took first place. The only time Canada ever qualified for a World Cup prior to the 2022 event was in 1986, where they lost all 3 games and did not register a single goal.
That will most likely not happen in this World Cup, as they have a brilliant team full of young stars. Strikers Cyle Larin and Jonathan David scored 6 and 5 goals during the qualifiers. They are the current leading goal scorers in the team, and most European football fans may know David through his accomplishments as Lille in the French Ligue 1. The young striker scored 15 goals in the league, to help Lille be crowned French champions in 2021, and end Paris Saint-Germain's winning run. Another player to look out for in the Canadian side is Alphonso Davies, who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, and has scored 12 goals for Canada.
Belgium vs Canada Head-to-head
The two teams have only ever faced each other once, in a friendly. The game was in 1989, and Belgium won 2-0.
Belgium vs Canada Betting Preview
This match may divide punters. Some may argue that Belgium will comfortably breeze through the game, scoring multiple goals. Others may argue that Canada will topple the top ranking European nation. It does not matter whether you fall into either category, as you will find bets on both teams that come at longer and shorter odds. If you think that Belgium will hammer through, you can lengthen the odds by combining it with a bet on Lukaku to score, or any other specific bet. If you think the gap between the two teams is not so big, you can try out bets such as double chance or draw no bet, which will cover more possible outcomes.
Handicaps are bets on a team to win by a preselected margin or more. You will have to pick a margin, which can be -1.5, -1.75, -2 and so on, and the team of your choice will not only have to beat their opponents but also score more goals than the margin. You can also choose to pick a handicap that favours your team, in which case the handicap will be added to the team’s final score.
If you pick Belgium to win with a handicap of -1.5 then this will require them to finish the game 2 or more goals ahead of Canada. If you bet on Belgium to win with a handicap of -2 then they will need to finish the game 3 goals ahead of Canada, but if Belgium only finish 2 goals in front then you will receive a refund as the result will be a draw.
If you bet on Belgium to win with a handicap of -1.75 then your stake will be divided into equal parts, with half going on a handicap of -1.5 and the other half on a handicap of -2. If Belgium then win the game by 3 or more goals then both halves of the bet pay out, but if they only finish 2 goals ahead then the -1.5 half of your bet will pay out in full whilst the -2 half of your bet will be refunded.
Over/Under Total Goals
Total goals are bets on how many goals will be scored between both teams in a match. You will have to choose a betting line and then bet on whether the game will end with over the number of goals in the line, or under that number. For example, if you think Belgium and Canada will score plenty of goals, then you can bet on the game to end with over 4.5 goals. However, if you think that the two teams will hold each other in a stalemate then you may wish to bet on the game to end with under 1.5 goals.
You can check out the odds on who will score in the match including Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Jonathan David, Alphonse Davies and more. It is important to note that the odds will only be given to the players in the starting line-up or those on the bench. There will also be odds offered on which player will score the first goal of the match and which player will score the last goal.
And Plenty More
The bets mentioned here are just a few of the many available in our catalogue. You can bet on virtually any aspect of the game. Belgium to score in both halves, Canada to open the scoring, either team to score in the first 5 minutes, Belgium to reverse the result, Canada to keep a clean sheet, Canada to win either half, Belgium to win by a margin of 2, Belgium to win both halves, are some of the many bets waiting for you in our grand selection.
When betting on the World Cup we highly recommend you to create a budget for yourself as there are many selections and also a lot of games that you may want to bet on. Avoid being carried away as you may spend beyond your financial limitations and that can be frustrating and dangerous. You can find a lot of helpful advice on gambling and how to gamble responsibly at gambleaware.co.uk