Top sportsbooks favor Belgium over Canada in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Canada vs. Belgium Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Canada||+1 (+110)||2½ (-130)||+603|
|Belgium||-1 (-130)||2½ (+110)||-211|
Canada rocked the Concacaf in these last couple of years. They went on to finish above the United States and above Mexico on their way to booking their first World Cup appearance in more than 30 years.
Is more magic awaiting them in Qatar, which is the country that is hosting the World Cup and where all the games are going to be played? The best online sportsbooks do not seem to think so. They see them as the least likely country (+1100) to win their group which is Group F as well as tied with Morocco (+250) as the least likely country to reach the knockout stage.
On the other hand, the odds foresee Kevin de Bruyne and Belgium (-175) winning the Group F. They also see Luka Modric and Croatia (+225) finishing right behind their fellow competitors from Europe.
Each of the group’s top two teams will make the Round of 16. Head coach John Herdman’s soccer team have been embracing the underdog tag in regional matches, but a test of an entirely different magnitude awaits them at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Belgium is currently ranked #2 in the entire world. Croatia made it all the way to the Russia 2018 World Cup final. And Morocco is one of Africa’s very best teams. Maybe Alphonso Davies and Les Rouges will be able to spring one surprise or two or three or more.
This could be the last hurrah for Belgium’s so called ‘Golden Generation’ as head coach Roberto Martinez enters into his final competition as the man that is in charge of the country’s national soccer team.
Following a third-place finish in the World Cup in Russia in 2018, there seems to be very little hope that the Belgium team can make it one game further. And get their hands on the trophy in spite of the fact that they are as of this writing ranked as the second-best men’s team in the world by FIFA, second only to Brazil.
In other words, time waits for now one and has finally caught up with many a soccer player in the team. Now only goalie Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne are what is left of a bunch of true world class players that are still in their prime.
The likes of soccer playes such as Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard and even Romelu Lukaku, all of them have seen their best years come and go, but still continue to make up a meaningful portion of the squad.
The main worry for Belgium is going to be the fitness level of Romelu Lukaku. He has made just four Serie A appearances thus far this season. The forward did recover from an injured hamstring that had kept him out for 2 months only to go ahead and sustain a quad injury versus Sampdoria on October 29.
“For the moment he is not available and is in the hands of the doctors. If he is in a position to participate in one of the first three matches, Romelu is a player we need,” head coach Roberto Martinez told L’Equipe in the latest update.
Right wing-back Thomas Meunier has suffered a fractured cheekbone in Dortmund’s win against Hannover on October 19. He will be good to go in the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Alexis Saelemaekers, a possible rival for that same position, will be sidelined for the tournament altogether as a result of a knee injury.
It is tough to overstate entirely how much the Belgium national soccer team relies on the individual greatness of the player known as Kevin De Bruyne. Especially now that captain Eden Hazard is riding off into the sunset.
The Manchester City player will be playingo further up the field for his country in the capacity of a roaming playmaker. Belgium may just really benefit more from him if he were to play as one of the two midfielders. But then they would have to insert Leandro Trossard into the starting eleven.
De Bruyne has scored 25 goals in 93 games for his country of Belgium. However, it is his skill in providing opportunities that renders him so crucial for head coach Roberto Martinez and Belgium.
Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Canada vs. Belgium Pick
Top sportsbooks users should go with Belgium.