Belgium odds to win World Cup 2014

25th March 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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Marc Wilmots and his young Belgian side have already taken substantial backing as a dark horse bet in World Cup 2014 odds. They are making their return to the finals for the first time since Korea and Japan 2002 where they qualified from their group in second place behind Japan, before getting eliminated in the first knockout stage by eventual winners Brazil. So they’ll be welcomed back on the world stage after missing two World Cups and their arrival seems to have been met with some excitement as well. Belgium odds to win World Cup 2014 are in at the short mark of 14/1, with only Spain and Germany shorter priced European nations.

That speaks volumes about Belgium and the current crop of players that they have in their ranks. They flew through qualification, posting a W8 D2 L0 record in their campaign and they only conceded the four goals along the way. So what makes them such an exciting prospect in World Cup 2014 betting? It is because Wilmots has a lot of powerful players at his disposal who are playing for some of the top clubs in Europe (including the Premier League), and they are a young side. At the back they have two of the best young keepers around in Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet. There is the likes of VIncent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen and Daniel Van Buyten in defence.

In midfield they have Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, Mousa Dembele and of course, Chelsea star Eden Hazard. Up front they can call on Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku so they aren’t short of goals either. This current squad is the result of a lot of youth development in the country and they are clearly getting things right. It is a tremendously talented young squad, and they seem to have everything. A tight, well organised defence, creativity in the middle of the park and genuine individual match winners.

Can they live up to the hype at Brazil 2014?

Are Belgium odds to win World Cup 2014 a little short? This is a nation who has been untested in major finals for a long time. Their last European Championship appearance was back in 2000, their last World Cup in 2002. But things have changed in Belgium a lot since then and they have a lot going for them. But does that make up for the lack of experience in high pressure games, the likes of which they will face at the 2014 World Cup? Will they have the composure needed to close out tight games? We’ll find out soon enough.

Belgium are priced up at 4/6 to win Group H where they will face Russia, South Korea and Algeria. It should be a straight shot between the two European nations for the qualifying spots from there. Belgium open against Algeria on June 17th. There is going to be a high importance placed on winning the group though as that will probably mean that they will avoid Germany in the first knockout stage. It could still mean that there will be a relatively stiff challenge from either Ghana or Portugal even if they do top the group and beyond that in the quarter finals Argentina could be lying in wait.

So there isn’t the easiest passage ahead for the Red Devils and that should be considered in Belgium odds to win the World Cup. There is no doubting their potential, there is no doubting the genuine talent that they have in their ranks. But are they really ready to win a World Cup? They are priced up as 3/1 shots to reach the semi final stage and Romelu Lukaku is up at a price of 25/1 in the World Cup Top Goalscorer market.

Overall, a fantastic dark horse wager but don’t be totally sucked into all the hype. Between October 15th, 2013 and March 5th, 2014 they played four home games and didn’t win any, losing back to back friendly matches against Colombia and Japan a, drawing a friendly against the Ivory Coast and drawing with Wales in their final World Cup qualifier. That will have brought them back down to earth.

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