Belgium begins their quest for the World Cup trophy on Wednesday when the Belgians take on the Canadians. Belgium failed to win the World Cup in both 2014 and 2018. Is 2022 the year? If it is, Belgium can’t afford a loss, or even a draw, versus Canada in the Belgians’ first group stage match. Check out FIFA World Cup Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Belgium versus Canada.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: Belgium vs Canada Group F Matchup
Belgium versus Canada Betting Lines and Match Info
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 pm ET
- Where: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
- TV/Streaming: FOX
Why Canada is a good play versus Belgium
During World Cup qualifying, no CONCACAF team impressed as much as Canada. The Canadians beat the United States 2-0 and Jamaica 4-0 on their way to qualifying.
Not only that, but Canada gets to take on a Belgium squad that will miss Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian star player must miss the first two group stage games, which, no doubt, will benefit Canada.
Canada Last 5
- W – 1-2 vs. Japan
- D – 2-2 vs. Bahrain
- L – 0-2 vs. Uruguay
- W – 0-2 vs. Qatar
- L – 2-1 vs. Honduras
Canada Predicted Starting Lineup
Why Belgium is a good play versus Canada
Belgium did not play well against Egypt, but the contest was a World Cup tune-up. Belgium is much better than what they showed versus the Egyptians.
In the previous match versus the Netherlands, Belgium played great, falling by a single goal to their European rivals. The contest happened in the Netherlands and was the second of two matches at the Nations League.
The Dutch blasted Belgium in the first the match. So the fact Belgium played well enough to lose by a single goal impresses. Even without Lukaku, Belgium is too deep for Canada.
Belgium Last 5
- L – 1-2 vs. Egypt
- L – 1-0 vs. Netherlands
- W – 2-1 vs. Wales
- W – 0-1 vs. Poland
- D – 1-1 vs. Wales
Belgium Predicted Starting Lineup
- De Bruyne
Final Betting Analysis: Canada vs Belgium
Not having Lukaku isn’t ideal, but Belgium continues to boast a much better roster than Canada. Eden Hazard hasn’t had a great season for Real Madrid, but he’s always played well with his countrymen.
Kevin De Bruyne remains one of the best soccer players in the world. De Bruyne has 9 assists and 3 goals in 13 starts with Man City.
De Bryune played the striker position against the Netherlands. From the forward position, Kevin produced excellent passes, setting up his mates.
Expect a similar strategy on Wednesday. Kevin De Bruyne is good enough that Hazard and healthy Dortmund defender Thomas Meunier, who might play in the middle of the field versus Canada, both could score easy goals.
Belgium is an older team and likely won’t win the World Cup. But their experience, depth, and multiple scoring options should leave Canada in the dust. Belgium covers the handicap.
World Cup Pick: Belgium -1.5