belgium national football team prediciton for the world cup

Time is running out for Belgium’s so-called ‘golden generation.’ With a team overflowing with big name talent, they should have won a major trophy by now. 

Having said that, they finished top of their World Cup qualifying group, unbeaten in 8 games, they’re still a major threat. If their star players can click at the right time, this could be the moment for Belgium’s greatest ever team to finally deliver.

Belgium National Football Team: Tactics, Principles

There’s never been a more talented group of Belgium players. Coach Roberto Martínez has a wealth of attacking ability at his disposal, and uses a 3-4-2-1 formation to get the best out of his players.

A lack of defensive speed means that Belgium can’t keep a high line, but instead settle for a mid block. So, they press when necessary, but often sit back and soak up pressure, before attacking with speed and fluidity.

They rely a lot on dribbling, especially from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne. In Romelu Lukaku, a strong, athletic target man, they have a focal point for the attacks.

World Cup. PREDICTIONS & What to Expect?

Belgium have been among the favourites at every major tournament for quite some time now and this World Cup will be no different. While there is a little less expectation on them this year, particularly having gone out in the quarters at Euro 2020, they will definitely be one of the front runners.

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A big question mark remains over some of the star players. If they can stay fit and find their form at the right moment, Belgium will be hard to stop. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions).

Bet 365 are offering odds of 12/1 for Belgium to go all the way and lift the World Cup in 2022.

Belgium national football team players: Top 5

Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players that make up the most talented group of Belgians in the country’s footballing history:

Romelu Lukaku

A powerhouse of a forward, Romelu Lukaku is no undoubtedly one of the most dangerous strikers in world football. Despite his huge physical presence, he’s far more than just a big target man. He’s supremely skillful for a man his size and plays with a high level of intelligence that makes him a nightmare for opposition defences. He is prone to injury though, so Belgium will be keeping their fingers crossed that he’s in peak physical condition come the World Cup. (Read our Chelsea betting predictions – Lukaku’s current team.)

Kevin De Bruyne

When it comes to Belgium’s ‘golden generation,’ De Bruyne’s the pick of the bunch. Under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he’s turned into a genuinely world class player who seems to save his best moments for the big occasions. If Belgium are to have a chance of winning their first ever World Cup, De Bruyne will need to be at his best. When he is at his best, his powerful running, close control, precision pacing and lethal finishing are second to none.

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Thibaut Courtois

Belgium’s experienced number 1 is the key to their backline. As Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper, Courtois is no stranger to big game pressure – in fact, he thrives on it. An excellent shot stopper, Courtois is tall and athletic, with good distribution. Most importantly, he’s extremely consistent and reliable – one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

Yannick Carrasco

A right-footed winger who prefers to cut inside from the left hand side, Carrasco plays as a left wing back for the Belgian national side. His trickery and pace give Belgium a real threat out wide, although he’s asked to defend a lot more playing in a wing back system. Carrasco’s pace will be key when it comes to unlocking stubborn defences. 

Axel Witsel

With a blend of creativity, strength, pace and tactical awareness, Axel Witsel has got it all. The linchpin of the Belgian midfield, his presence is vital when it comes to linking defence and attack. He might not have been fully fit at Euro 2020 – having managed to somehow come back from a serious achilles injury – but if he’s 100% for World Cup 2022, Belgium will be much more likely to go all the way. 

Who is Belgium’s football manager?

Roberto Martínez has been in charge of the Belgian national team since 2016. He’s racked up a very impressive 51 wins in 68 appearances and in the last World Cup led Belgium to their best ever finish, but he is yet to win a major competition. The Spaniard will be hoping that 2022 is finally his year.

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Martínez favours a possession-based style of play, influenced by Dutch legend Johann Cruyff. His philosophy is a perfect fit for Belgium, with their array of technically gifted players. Those who know Martínez well, say that there are few people in the game with his level of in-depth knowledge for all things football. 

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