Belgium Odds to Win 2014 World Cup with Picks and Predictions
by Strike Point Sports - 3/17/2014
2014 Belgium Odds to win the World Cup
Belgium are +1400 to win the World Cup. Oddsmakers have them at -137 to win Group H and -500 to advance to the elimination stages.
Belgium 2014 World Cup Group Play Schedule
Belgium vs. Algeria – Tuesday, June 17 (12 p.m. EST in Belo Horizonte)
Belgium vs. Russia – Sunday, June 22 (12 p.m. EST in Rio de Janeiro)
Belgium vs. South Korea – Thursday, June 26 (4 p.m. EST in Sao Paulo)
Belgium World Cup 2014 Team Analysis
Led by manager Marc Wilmots, the Red Devils of Belgium are amongst what is thought to be one of the most talented and youthful squads featuring in Brazil this summer. Led by world-class players in the biggest leagues around Europe, the Belgians will look for nothing less then a successful and lengthy stay in South America this summer. First with the back line, and that begins with Chelsea-kept keeper Thibaut Courtois, arguably one of the best young goalkeepers in the world. Courtouis will be the key to the Belgians’ success, and he will surely have a proper audition for a club role the following season. His back four are strong, led by Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. Both well experienced in the English Premier League.
The midfield of Belgium is one of the strongest parts of this squad, and knowing they feature a proven superstar in Eden Hazard, it is no wonder why. Hazard will look to dominate on yet another continent as he has done all year for first-place Chelsea in England as well as the Champions League, leading the club with 13 goals and 7 assists. Hazard will feature with many talented standouts, including Kevin Mirallas, Alex Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne, Marouane Fellanini, Dries Mertens and Mousa Dembele. These names and their respective skills validate the middle of the pitch for Belgium and are a big reason for the team’s prospects this summer. Another name to keep an eye on is Nacer Chadli, who is likely to feature as well.
If dealing with all that talent is not enough, two world-class strikers sit atop in Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku. These two young, physically-imposing front men will strike with the best of them. Both are able to create something from nothing with as little as a simple first touch of the ball. Dynamic in every sense of the word, however the duo is still learning to play off of each other. Lukaku has experienced a breakout year at Everton, and he is as strong as any forward out there. Look for these two to challenge any opposing duo for the number of goals scored by a striking partnership.
Belgium 2014 World Cup Tournament Picks and Predictions
Without recent success in the World Cup, the Belgians’ history of playing well between 1982 and 2002, and being a force in past competitions, should provide extra motivation to bring this nation relevance again on the world stage. Facing group members Algeria, Russia and South Korea, Belgium should be considered an easy choice to progress to the next phase of the World Cup and even follow through in dominant style. Look for Red Devils to show their worth early and let the world know they are here to stay. I think the Belgians can give any opposing country a tough match, but it will be key that Courtois keeps his team in the match and allows the attack to create their magic. I think the Belgians will find their way to the quarterfinals and make a real push to continue on further. All the talent in the world is on this roster, and it will come down to how they can mesh and compete with squads who have the experience and chemistry to hoist the Cup.
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