May 12, 2014
Belgium has been a major disappointment at the World Cup over the years with only one semi-final appearance to their credit and they failed to qualify for the past two tournaments in 2006 and 2010.
Having said that, there is plenty of optimism in the Belgium camp heading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a new generation of players set to make their mark on the biggest footballing stage of them all.
Belgium face Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H and they are warm favourites to finish on top of this group with their exciting blend of young talent expected to take the World Cup by storm.
If the Belgians can live up to the hype and finish on top as most pundits expect, then they have the capacity to cause some damage in the tournament, although their lack of World Cup experience may prove telling should they make it to the later stages.
Bookies are keeping Belgium safe at $17.00 to win the tournament in early 2014 World Cup betting markets and they are $1.67 to win Group H.
Belgium World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $17.00
Win Group H: $1.67
Qualify for next Round: $1.20
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $7.00
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Belgium has a team stacked full of young talent and they find themselves in a group that is not overly strong, with Russia likely to be their main rival for one of two spots into the next round.
We think the $1.67 about Belgium winning Group H is a great option for punters.
Group H Draw for Belgium
Belgium will face Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H at the World Cup and they are scheduled to play their opening match against Algeria on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Wed 18 Jun||Belgium||vs||Algeria||2am||Belo Horizonte||Bet now|
|Mon 23 Jun||Belgium||vs||Russia||8am||Rio de Janeiro||Bet now|
|Fri 27 Jun||South Korea||vs||Belgium||6am||Sao Paulo||Bet now|
Belgium World Cup Squad
The following 24 players have been selected for the Belgium World Cup provisional squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Hoffenheim), Silvio Proto (Anderlecht).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Steven Defour (Porto), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj (both Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg).
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli).
Standby: Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover), Radia Nainggolan (Roma), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem, on loan from Chelsea), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Michy Batshuayi (Standard Liege), Jelle Van Damme (Standard Liege).
The Head Coach of the Belgium World Cup squad is Marc Wilmots and team captain is Vincent Kompany.
World Cup players to watch for Belgium
The creative Eden Hazard is certainly going to be one player to watch in Brazil as his speed and passing ability is high quality and playing for Chelsea in the Premier League will have him ripe for the World Cup. Outstanding talent who appears destined for a big tournament.
One of Belgium’s best assets is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who has a great reach and brings with him great experience keeping to some of the best strikers in the world on a regular basis. Something that will come in handy at the
Captain Vincent Kompany is an outstanding defender for both club and country and his great leadership skills combined with his all round ability make him one of Belgium’s most important players.
Visit our Group H page for more info on each team competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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