Belgium will hope that 2022 is the year that the Golden Generation finally turns their promise into reality in Qatar.
The latest Belgium odds to win the World Cup
Boasting so much quality in all areas of the field, there is absolutely no reason why the Red Devils cannot launch a genuine challenge at this year’s tournament.
|Betting market||888 Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Belgium to win World Cup||11/1||11/1||14/1|
|Belgium to reach semi-final||12/5||11/4|
|Belgium to reach quarter-final||5/6||5/6||11/10|
|Belgium to win Group F||1/2||1/2||8/13|
|Romelu Lukaku World Cup Golden Boot Odds||20/1|
Our recommended Belgium bet for World Cup 2022
As the odds suggest, you would expect Belgium to progress through the earlier stages of the tournament without too many difficulties.
Although, as seen in recent years, it is the latter stages where they tend to come unstuck. Nevertheless, the Red Devils will be confident of enjoying a deep run in Qatar at the very, very least.
Belgium route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|vs Canada||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium||16:00, 23/11|
|vs Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium||13:00, 27/11|
|vs Croatia||Ahmad bin Ali Stadium||15:00, 01/12|
*All times GMT
It would take quite an extraordinary chain of events for Belgium to crash out in the group stages of the competition, especially with Canada and Morocco in Group F.
Although, Croatia provide a potential stumbling block. Indeed, the 2018 runners-up topped a group ahead of Argentina on the way to reaching the final in Russia.
Who could Belgium meet in the knockout rounds?
Whatever the tournament, victory is not handed to you on a plate. You must earn the right to lift the trophy.
That is certainly the case here. Belgium would fancy their chances against a German team seeking a return to the glory days, though Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal would provide stubborn resistance at the very least.
Should they come through that, Kylian Mbappe and France could be awaiting them, while they did beat potential final opponents Brazil 2-1 in the last eight in Russia.
|If Belgium win Group F||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Germany|
Finishing second in Group F would likely bring the bigger tests sooner than Belgium would want. Indeed, a potential quarter-final meeting with Brazil could be on the cards.
If everything goes to plan, the Red Devils would then need to overcome the teams that eliminated them from the last two tournaments in France (2018 semi-finals) and Argentina (2014 quarter-finals).
|If Belgium come runners up in Group F||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Spain|
Our predicted Belgium World Cup 2022 squad
|Thibaut Courtois||Goalkeeper||30||Real Madrid|
|Simon Mignolet||Goalkeeper||34||Club Brugge|
|Jason Denayer||Defender||27||Free Agent|
|Dedryck Boyata||Defender||31||Club Brugge|
|Thomas Meunier||Defender||31||Borussia Dortmund|
|Timothy Castagne||Defender||26||Leicester City|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Midfielder||31||Manchester City|
|Axel Witsel||Midfielder||33||Atletico Madrid|
|Youri Tielemans||Midfielder||25||Leicester City|
|Yannick Carrasco||Midfielder||29||Atletico Madrid|
|Thorgan Hazard||Midfielder||29||Borussia Dortmund|
|Leander Dendoncker||Midfielder||27||Aston Villa|
|Leandro Trossard||Midfielder||27||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Hans Vanaken||Midfielder||30||Club Brugge|
|Eden Hazard||Forward||31||Real Madrid|
|Charles De Ketelaere||Forward||21||Milan|
Belgium players on the cusp of the squad
- Brandon Mechele (29) — defender — Club Brugge
- Wout Faes (24) — defender — Leicester City
- Zeno Debast (18) — defender — Anderlecht
- Adnan Januzaj (27) — midfielder — Sevilla
- Amadou Onana (21) — midfielder — Everton
- Dennis Praet (28) — midfielder — Leicester City
- Divock Origi (27) — forward — Milan
- Christian Benteke (31) — forward — D.C. United
- Yari Verschaeren (21) — forward — Anderlecht
Belgium players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Belgium top World Cup Golden Boot contender — Romelu Lukaku
He may not have had it easy at club level in recent times, but Lukaku does generally tend to provide on the international stage.
At the time of writing, he has scored 68 times in 102 caps – working out at two goals in every three appearances.
The Inter striker netted four goals at the 2018 finals and with supply coming from the likes of Hazard and De Bruyne, will fancy making another significant contribution in Qatar.
Belgium player to watch — Kevin De Bruyne
Arguably the best central midfielder in world football, De Bruyne will be the glue and heartbeat that keeps things ticking for his nation.
Pulling the strings from midfield, the performances of the Manchester City maestro will go a long way towards determining how far Belgium progress in the competition.
Belgium emerging player to look out for — Alexis Saelemaekers
A player who would potentially make his World Cup bow, Saelemaekers will look to embrace the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage of all.
The 23-year-old is already a title winner having helped Milan to the Scudetto last season, and would love to crown a wonderful year with World Cup glory.
Belgium tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Belgium boast plenty of quality in depth that they hope will stand them in good stead to challenge in Qatar.
Roberto Martinez prefers a 3-4-3 formation, packing the defence while the full-backs provide additional support to the attacking trio.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will hold the fort between the sticks, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen anchoring the defence.
The magnificent Kevin De Bruyne will pull the strings in midfield, with support from Thomas Meunier or Yannick Carrasco on the wings, while Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens epitomise the envious attacking quality at Martinez’s disposal.
Where are Belgium in the Fifa World Rankings?
Belgium are second in the Fifa World Rankings, with only Brazil ahead of the Red Devils.
Who is the Belgium manager?
Roberto Martinez leads Belgium into the finals for a second time, and is aiming to guide them the extra couple of steps after their run to the semi-finals in 2018.
Who is the current Belgium captain?
Eden Hazard continues to don the armband for the Red Devils. The Real Madrid forward has struggled to produce his brilliant best for Los Blancos, but will be eager to rise to the occasion in Qatar.
How many times have Belgium won the World Cup?
Belgium are yet to win the World Cup, but will hope the waiting is almost over. The Red Devils recorded their best-ever performance in Russia four years ago, finishing third following a narrow defeat by eventual champions France in the semi-finals.
How many times have Belgium competed in the World Cup?
This will be Belgium’s 14th appearance at the World Cup finals – and third in succession.
Who has scored Belgium’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Marc Wilmots and Romelu Lukaku have each scored five goals at the finals, although you would expect the latter to surpass that tally in Qatar.
Which player from Belgium has the most World Cup appearances?
An instrumental figure in the side that reached the 1986 semi-finals, playmaker Enzo Scifo represented Belgium at four World Cups, racking up 17 appearances along the way.