The Group F fixture between Belgium vs Canada kicks off on November 23rd at the Al Rayyan Stadium. We’ll be presenting our Belgium vs Canada prediction — as we’ve been doing with our World Cup 2022 predictions for every match — as we delve into each team previewing their chances, their history with the competition, how they qualified, and their top players to look out for.
Our online sports betting service at Betiton will provide you with all the betting markets you need to fully embrace this game and the rest of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Let’s kick off our review of the fixture and give our prediction of what the result will be between the Belgians and Canadians.
The Belgium squad comes into this fixture as favourites to win. They are currently ranked the second-best team in the world by FIFA. Their outright odds to win the competition, however, sees them ninth with odds provided by us at 71/5, which is 15.2 if you bet by decimal.
Belgium are a team that have always blown hot or cold, and you never know what team is going to show up. Their lack of consistency leads their ranking to be a surprising one, especially given that for the UEFA European Championship competition, they had only qualified six times since 1960. The team had huge expectations thrown upon them by the sporting media a decade ago due to their mass of talent. But little prevailed. If they truly wish to make a statement on sporting history, this might be their best chance yet.
For this fixture against Canada, every World Cup predictor is going to have Belgium as the favourite, and it is highly possible. But there is always that chance of Belgium thinking they are too good to be beaten, so any other result is quite possible.
World Cup History
Can a club’s history of the competition be used as a way of measuring their future successes? When it comes to making World Cup predictions, the historical data can only measure so much given that the tournament takes place every four years, that perhaps accounts for one generation of footballer.
The Belgian national team has had a very consistent feature within the competition, but in recent history, they failed to qualify for the 2006 and 2010 competitions. This was their springboard, so to speak, the golden generation of young men came through. They had the likes of Courtois, Kompany, De Bruyne, Dembele, Lukaku, and Hazard breaking into the ranks. With them, in the squad, they qualified for the 2014 World Cup and reached the Quarter-finals ending in sixth place. In 2018, they reached the Semi-finals and ended third in the competition. It is in this revival era for that team that their rankings soared.
When it comes to their overall World Cup betting potential, 71/5 is about right, but it is also a very good betting opportunity because they will most definitely qualify from the group stages in Qatar.
Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022
For Belgium, their qualifying experience saw them play 8 games and finish top of their group with 6 wins, 2 draws, and no losses. If you wish to forecast your predictions based on their route to Qatar and recent results, then these are the qualifying round up.
|24/03/2021||Belgium vs Wales||3-1|
|27/03/2021||Czech Republic vs Belgium||1-1|
|30/03/2021||Belgium vs Belarus||8-0|
|02/09/2021||Estonia vs Belgium||2-5|
|05/09/2021||Belgium vs Czech Republic||3-0|
|08/09/2021||Belarus vs Belgium||0-1|
|13/11/2021||Belgium vs Estonia||3-1|
|16/11/2021||Wales vs Belgium||1-1|
Belgium Players to Watch
The Belgian squad has many star players that can easily turn a game on its head. Here we highlight just three of them that could cause a major issue for Canada. You might also want to make alternative football betting options based on individual stats if you want to make bets that aren’t just based on which team will win.
- Kevin De Bruyne: Position: Midfield. The midfield maestro perhaps enters into his last world cup given he’s now 31. De Bruyne is one of the best at their role and starts the competition with 90 caps, 24 goals, and 45 assists. Expect these figures to increase throughout the tournament.
- Youri Tielemans: Position: Midfield. Perhaps a better player for the national team than the domestic. Will look to put in a big performance and add to his stats. 52 caps, 5 goals, and 10 assists.
- Thibaut Courtois: Position: Goalkeeper. One of the best keepers in the world will be solid should the players in front have an off day. 94 caps with 48 clean sheets.
For many bettors, this is like the lamb being led to the slaughter. When it comes to their World Cup bets, they are 20th to win the cup, with outright odds of 154 to 1. It’s easy to assume that football and Canada would be a new thing in terms of a relationship, but that’s not the case. Now, when it comes to being known by the world’s stage, very little is known about them.
To give you a sense of where this team is at, in the past 12 months, they have beaten Costa Rica, Mexico, and the USA. These are not easy accomplishments, so there must be something special in the Canadian water for them to pull off these results.
They are the underdogs for this match and at 46/5 to beat Belgium, it might be too be a call for them to produce a cup upset.
World Cup History
If you were to make any football predictions based on history with the competition, then you might reconsider when it comes to Canada. For all 22 World Cup competitions there have been, this will be their second time competing. They took part in the 1986 competition and lost all their games and didn’t even score one goal.
But this World Cup is vital for so many other reasons. In 2026, the competition will be co-hosted between Canada, Mexico, and America. The Canadians will want to show the world that they are valid competitors that are a worthy footballing nation that has the right to host the cup as well.
Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022
To get their name among the last 32 teams, Canada had to compete in a 4-game first round qualifier, where they finished top with four wins out of four. Then progressed to the final round with 14 games played.
They topped the group with 8 wins, 4 draws, and 2 losses. Here are those results in detail.
|03/09/2021||Canada vs Honduras||1-1|
|06/09/2021||USA vs Canada||1-1|
|09/09/2021||Canada vs El Salvador||3-0|
|08/10/2021||Mexica vs Canada||1-1|
|11-10-2021||Jamaica vs Canada||0-0|
|14/10/2021||Canada vs Panama||4-1|
|13/11/2021||Canada vs Costa Rica||1-0|
|17/11/2021||Canada vs Mexico||2-1|
|28/01/2022||Honduras vs Canada||0-2|
|30/01/2022||Canada vs USA||2-0|
|03/02/2022||El Salvador vs Canada||0-2|
|25/03/2022||Costa Rica vs Canada||1-0|
|27/03/2022||Canada vs Jamaica||4-0|
|31/03/2022||Panama vs Canada||1-0|
Canada Players to Watch
Does Canada boast any star players that might cause an issue with the Belgians? Well, these are our top three picks who will look to ruin their World Cup journey.
- Alphonso Davies : Position: Left-Back. 32 caps, 12 goals, 16 assists, and 1 booking. Impeccable stats for a 21-year-old.
- Jonathan David : Position: Striker. 32 caps, 21 goals, and 13 assists. Big talent and just 22 years of age.
- Stephen Eustáquio : Position: Defensive Midfield. 24 caps, 3 goals, 3 assists, and 3 bookings. Could prove to be the best player in the squad for this tournament.
Belgium vs Canada Betting Odds
The WC 2022 betting odds have the Belgium team to win this by some measure. If you want, you can bet on the more traditional Belgium vs Canada odds or you can branch out into other areas of the betting market that Betiton supports. Every game in the World Cup comes with over 300 different markets and odds to help you win real money from. Here’s a look at two different sets of markets that are popular here at Betiton.
|Belgium to Win||Canada to Win||Draw|
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
|Over 2.5 Goals||Under 2.5 Goals|
Who Will Win? Belgium vs Canada Prediction
Our Belgium vs Canada prediction for this fixture will be pretty much on par with what every other banker would recommend. On paper, it should be a walk in the park for the Belgians. But their eyes might be taken off the ball at the start of the match, as the Canadians will try to impose their style on the game. Over the 90 minutes, however, Belgium will possess more of the dominance.
When it comes to the football predictions for this match there is one clear winner and we think it might be a 2 or 3 nil victory to them.
Our Belgium vs Canada prediction: Belgium win.
Our Belgium vs Canada Betting Tips
For the tournament, Belgium provides good outright odds to win overall. For the match, because they are favourites, there isn’t much scope for a return on what you bet. This might mean that you need to look at alternative betting markets to help return a little more profit.
As an example:
- Belgium to win 3-0 comes with odd at 13/5.
- First half number of goals at 2 goals comes with 69/25 odds.
- First half correct score 2-0 at odds of 43/10.
- At Betiton, there are over 300 markets for this game, and you can form your betslip as you want over with up to 20 selections allowed in a single accumulator bet.