Belgium Team Info – Chasing Their First Trophy
Belgium are amongst the favourites to win the World Cup. Sitting in second place in the world rankings, behind Brazil, it is nearly 10 years since they have had their golden generation of players. Belgium first went to number one in 2015 and they reached number one once more in 2018, and they stayed there until earlier this year, after they went crashing out of the UEFA Nations League. Despite the fact that they have one of the strongest teams in the world, Belgium have not yet won any major international trophies. After qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, this may be Belgium's final chance to win the World Cup with their current team.
Up front, they have Romelu Lukaku, who is Belgium's leading goal scorer with 68 goals from his 102 caps. He plays in the centre of the attack, and manager Roberto Martinez can put Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, and Leandro Trossard on his sides, to provide him with the crosses and passes he will need. Behind Lukaku, there are some great playmakers in Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Dennis Praet, and Kevin De Bruyne. De Bruyne plays for Manchester City, where he is an instrumental player in the team. In defence, Belgium have Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who have over 150 caps between them. There are also options for Dedryck Boyata, Jason Denayer, Timothy Castagne, and Thomas Meunier. In goal, they have Thibaut Courtois but they can also use Simon Mignolet.
Morocco Team Info – Capable of Causing an Upset
Morocco may not be a team most expect to reach the round of 16, but they may cause some surprises in this World Cup. With key players such as Paris Saint-Germain's right back Achraf Hakimi, and Chelsea's highly rated Hakim Ziyech, the team made some outstanding performances in their World Cup qualifying games. They scored 25 goals in just 8 games, winning all but one of those matches. The team will make their 6th appearance at the World Cup, and they will have realistic goals of equalling or beating their best ever run in the competition, when they reached the round of 16 in 1986.
They have two great picks for whom they can put in goal, with either Sevilla's Yassine Bounou, or Munir El Kajoui, who plays for Al Wehda in the Saudi Professional League. Romain Saiss is their captain, and has been capped the most times out of all the players in the squad, with a total of 63 caps. Their other defenders include Noussair Mazraoui who plays for Bayern Munich, Jawad El Yamiq who plays for Valladoli, Samy Mmaee who plays in the Hungarian football league for Ferencvaros, and of course Achraf Hakimi. In midfield, they can use West Ham's Nayef Aguerd, Younes Belhanda who plays in the Turkish league for Adana Demirspor, Selim Amallah who plays for Standard Liege, or Sofyan Amrabat who plays for Fiorentina. Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech is an important player in their attack, and he can supply Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri or Angers' Sofiane Boufal with assists or go for goal himself.
Belgium vs Morocco Head-to-head
Belgium and Morocco have faced each other on 3 separate occasions. The first was at the 1994 World Cup, where Belgium beat Morocco. In 1999, the two teams played an internationally friendly, and Belgium won again. In their most recent meeting, Morocco beat Belgium 4-1, in an international friendly.
Belgium vs Morocco Betting Preview
If you are looking for bets on this match, then you are in the right place. There are masses of markets available, from bets on the result of the game to bets on how many goals there will be and much more. You can bet on Belgium to win, and increase the betting odds by giving them handicaps. If you want to bet on Morocco to win, you can apply handicaps that favour Morocco, and that will reduce the risk of betting on them.
Handicap betting is where you back a team to win by a certain margin or more. You will find negative numbers in increasing order, and these will come with increasingly higher odds. The number you pick will be subtracted from the score of your chosen team and they will need to still win with the adjusted scoreline. Alternatively, you can use reverse handicaps which are positive numbers that are added to your chosen team’s score, however, these come with increasingly shorter odds.
If you bet on Belgium to beat Morocco with a handicap of -1.5 then you will need Belgium to finish the match 2 or more goals ahead of Morocco. You may bet on Belgium to win with a handicap of -2. This will require Belgium to win the game by a margin of 3 or more goals, but if they only win by 2 then the match will end in a draw and you will receive your money back.
If you apply a handicap of -1.75 then half your stake will go on a handicap of -1.5 whilst the other half will go on a stake of -2. If Belgium wins the match by 3 goals or more then you will win your bet, but if they only win by 2 goals 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
With total goals you can bet on how many goals Belgium and Morocco will score in the match. There are no conditions on which team should score how many, or on whether one team will score them all, as long as the number of goals is within your predicted range. The bet uses the over/under format, which means you can pick a betting line and then predict whether the match will end with over or under that number of goals. For example, if you think the match between Belgium and Morocco will end with plenty of goals, you may bet on over 4.5 goals
You can check out the odds on all the top players to score such as Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal, and so on. Granted these footballers will be fit and playing in the match, you will be able to make bets on any of the top players you think will score. There will also be bets for which player will score the first goal of the match and which player will score the last goal.
And Plenty More
Your betting options do not stop there, as you can find hundreds of more bets in our collection. Belgium to win the first half, either team to score in the first 5 minutes, Morocco to keep a clean sheet, Morocco to score over 1.5 goals, Belgium to reverse the result, Belgium to score in both halves, Morocco to lead after 30 minutes, Belgium to score over 1.5 goals in the first half, are all just a few examples of the bets that may interested you.
When you bet on the World Cup matches, you must always be sure to keep track of how much money you are spending. There are many matches in the competition and you should try to stick to a budget and not go over your financial limits. If you need some help on how to gamble responsibly, you can check out gambleaware.co.uk