Belgium will host Canada in Group F of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 7 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, 23 November 2022. The match venue is Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, AL Rayyan.
Latest odds on betting sites
Belgium to win odds are priced at 1.60 (-167; American ⅗ Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.50 (+350; 35/10), while Canada to win odds are priced at 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Belgium — 63%, draw — 21%, Canada — 16%.
Latest betting odds on Belgium vs Canada (23 November 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Belgium — 2.20 (+120; 12/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Canada — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
Match preview and statistics
Belgium failed to reach the final of the 2018 World Cup as they suffered a 0-1 defeat to France in the semi-finals. The Red Devils won the bronze medal as they defeated England in the third-place match. Belgium is still yet to win the World Cup as they will be looking to start the tournament with a win against Canada.
Belgium will be without key man Romelu Lukaku as he is out due to injury. The Belgium team isn't as good as the one that played the last World Cup as certain players have dropped form. Eden Hazard was their key man during the 2018 World Cup as he completed the most dribbles during the competition. The Belgian star has experienced a significant drop in form since then as he sits on the bench regularly for Real Madrid.
Belgium has lost two of their last two games in all competitions. The Red Devils will be relying solely on the ability of Kevin De Bruyne in the attack as he will be looking to lead the team to a good tournament. Alderweireld and Vertonghen will most likely partner in defence alongside Debast in a 3-4-3 formation.
Belgium team news: Romelu Lukaku is out with a tendon injury. Leandro Trossard is out with a knock.
Canada was impressive during the World Cup qualifiers as they were brilliant. They scored the most goals while conceding the fewest goals as they finished top of the group during the qualifiers. Canada has been as they are third in their CONCACAF Nations League group.
Canada has lots of young players who will be getting their first taste of the World Cup. The Maple Leafs have won two of their last four games in all competitions. Jonathan David will be looking to lead the attack against Belgium. Star player Alphonso Davies is a doubt for the game after he picked up an injury while playing for his club in the Bundesliga.
Canada team news: Alphonso Davies is a doubt for the game.
Belgium vs Canada H2H
This is the first competitive meeting between both sides.
Projected lineups and key players
Belgium projected starting lineup:
- Thibaut Courtois
- Zeno Debast
- Toby Alderweireld
- Jan Vertonghen
- Thomas Meunier
- Youri Tielemans
- Axel Witsel
- Yannick Carrasco
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Eden Hazard
- Michy Batshuayi
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best players in the world. The Belgian international finished third during the Ballon d or. De Bruyne is regarded as the best player in the Premier League as well as the most creative player in the league. The Manchester City midfielder has provided nine assists in the league this season while scoring three goals.
Canada projected starting lineup:
- Milan Borjan
- Alistair Johnston
- Steven Vitoria
- Liam Millar
- Junior Hoilett
- Atiba Hutchinson
- Stephen Eustaquio
- Sam Adekugbe
- Tajon Buchanan
- Jonathan David
- Cyle Larin
Jonathan David is an important player for Canada. The Canada international has scored 22 goals in 35 games for the national team. David has scored nine goals while providing three assists for Lille this season. He will be looking to get another one tomorrow.
Predictions and betting tips
Canada will be looking to make a statement at the World Cup after a great run during the qualifiers. They have won two of their last four games in all competitions. Canada is a great side with young and hungry footballers and I can see them getting at least a draw against Belgium. The Red Devils have been weak lately losing two of their last two games in all competitions. I predict no bet on Canada.
Jonathan David has been on fire for his club this season. He averages close to 0.60 goals per game in the league this season with nine goals in 15 games. David is a fast striker and will be looking to punish Belgium's defence. He also has a great record for the national team averaging 0.82 goals per game. I predict David to score.
Betting prediction: Draw no bet on Canada
Odds: 4.20 (+320 American; 16/5 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Jonathan David to score anytime.
Odds: 4.00 (+300 American; 3/1 Fractional)