Belgium v Algeria Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

16th June 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
Belgium v Algeria

Belgium v Algeria Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

The race for Group H supremacy starts here, with Belgium, one of the World Cup’s most heavily backed dark horses, going up against African representatives Algeria. It is all eyes on the Red Devils though are they carrying a certain amount of expectation upon their shoulders as one of the leading European nations at the World Cup. Can one of the most progressive and modern sides around fulfil that expectation, or will Algeria be able to stifle them?

Belgium are strong favourites for this one, even though they aren’t on a great stretch of form at the World Cup. They have won just one of their last nine matches at the World Cup, and that was back against Russia in 2002. The Belgians will be battling Russia for top spot in Group H at the 2014 World Cup most likely. However, as Belgium haven’t been at the World Cup finals since back in 2002, then you can look past that poor return when it comes to victory. They are probably in the best shape ever to mount at tlie challenge and going back to their last two World Cup campaigns they are unbeaten in the group stages (1998 and 2002).

They are an unbeaten in their two previous encounters with Algeria and they are also unbeaten in their two previous matches against African nations at the World Cup finals. So it is all looking rosy for them. Their big man up front is Romelu Lukaku who is trading at 3/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. He was looking sharp ahead of the World Cup and could well get himself in the mix for the Golden Boot. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas and Kevin De Bruyne around, they have so much to offer going forward. However they are also so strong at the back, only conceding four goals through World Cup qualification, and Thibaut Courtois stopped 87% of shots during those qualifiers.

Probably worth looking at Belgium to win to nil at 6/5 then. To add weight to that, Algeria had not scored in any of their last five World Cup matches, so may not offer too much. That having been said, Belgium could stretch the game to over 2.5 goals all on their own, because they will want to come out and impress. Algeria’s last World Cup goal came back in 1986 and since then they have 71 unsuccessful shots in the tournament. However, they did warm up well for the World Cup, beating European opposition in the form of Romania and Slovenia, and they are currently on a four match unbeaten streak. Big step up in level of opposition here though.

Belgium v Algeria Odds

Belgium 4/9, Draw 3/1, Algeria 7/1

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Belgium v Algeria Betting Tips

Back to Belgium to win to nil, as they have a tight defence and Algeria haven’t scored in their last five World Cup matches

Romelu Lukaku is a good 3/4 shot in the anytime goalscorer market

Belgium/Belgium Half Time/Full Time is trading at 11/10


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