The emerging power of world football, Belgium, has grown significantly in the last few years, challenging for major titles. In Euro 2020, is looking to finally add a trophy to reward the golden generation of Lukaku, De Bruyne and Courtois. The No. 1 team in FIFA ranking is a hot favorite among bookmakers, just behind England and France. The semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup is the biggest achievement yet, but the Belgium Euro 2020 team is eager for more. But in such a tight competition, are the Red Devils worth your wager?
At Bookmakers.bet we look in-depth every aspect of the Belgium squad in Euro 2020. Roster, fixtures and formation complete the picture of Roberto Martinez’s team. We also include the latest odds from selected sportsbooks on daily and outright markets. Our picks and predictions span over the group and knockout matches to Player Specials.
Belgium Euro 2021 Odds & Predictions
With odds around 7.00 (6/1), Belgium is the third favorite in sportsbooks, following England and France (at 6.00 or 5/1) closely. The reasons that bettors prefer to bet on Belgium in the Euro 2021 are plenty. First, the core of the players that reached the semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup has remained the same. Second, star players like Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne have been in top shape this season and won trophies. Add to the mix wonder kids like Jeremy Doku, and you can see why the Red Devils accumulate such a betting volume.
The Belgium Euro 2020 squad is drawn in a group that is the undisputed favorite to win. Denmark, Russia and Finland have competitive teams, but the quality of Martinez’s players far exceeds these opponents. The only drawback in the group is that Belgium will play all games away. Two games will be held in St. Petersburg (including Belgium vs Russia Euro 2020 match), and the game against Denmark will take place in Copenhagen. Take a look at our picks and predictions for Belgium in outright markets.
✔️ Group B ⏩ Belgium to finish 1st @1.72 (8/11) odds.
✔️ Euro 2020 Top Goalscorer⏩ Romelu Lukaku @8.00 (7/1) odds
✔️ Euro 2020 ⏩ Belgium to reach the final @3.75 (11/4) odds.
Belgium Euro 2020 Fixtures & Schedule
Lady Luck smiled at Belgium in the group phase. Russia, Denmark, and Finland will put up some resistance but are unlikely to fight for anything other than second. Denmark will have the advantage of playing all games at home, while Russia will play two. That can hardly make up for the vast quality gap between them and the Belgians, but it could make the clashes more equal. Looking at sportsbooks, Belgium ranks first in Group B at 1.72 (8/11) odds with Denmark in second at 3.75 (11/4). Russia stands third at 5.00 (4/1) odds and Finland a distant fourth at 17.00 (16/1).
The pairings in the knockout phase are crucial for any bettor before putting his money on a team. Once more, it does not look challenging for the Euro 2020 Belgium team to move to the quarter-finals. A first place in the group means a matchup with the third-placed team of Groups A, D, E, or F. Of all these teams, only Group F (Germany, France or Portugal) can pose a severe threat to the Red Devils. Even a second-place finish is favorable as it will pair Belgium with the runner-up of Group A. In that case, the opponents will most likely be Turkey or Switzerland. The third place in Group A means that Belgium will play against Group F or E winners. We layout the complete fixtures of the Belgium Euro 2020 group below:
|Belgium's Group Matches||Date||Venue|
|Belgium vs. Russia||12th June 2021 / 21:00 CET||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
|Denmark vs. Belgium||17th June 2021 / 18:00 CET||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen|
|Finland vs. Belgium||21st June 2021 / 21:00 CET||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg|
Can Belgium win Group B
Bookmakers will consider it a big surprise if there is any other winner in Group B than Belgium. When you eye the trophy, the group stage looks like a stepping stone to the big goal. The latest prices on Martinez’s team are the following:
⏩ To Win Group @1.72 (8/11)
⏩ To Qualify Group @1.03 (1/10)
⏩ To Place 2nd @2.88 (15/8)
⏩ Not to Qualify Group @13.00 (12/1)
The match-ups in the Round of 16 can dictate whether a team will reach the competition’s latter stages. Since each position corresponds to a different opponent, it is essential to know all the possible pairings.
|Belgium's Group Place||Last-16 Probable Opponents|
|1st||3rd place Group A (Italy, Turkey, Wales, Switzerland) / 3rd place Group D (England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic) / 3rd place Group C (Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia)|
|2nd||Winner Group D (England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic)|
|3rd*||Winner Group B (Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia) / Winner Group E (Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia)|
*If Group B gives one of the best 3rd-placed teams to advance to the Last-16.
Judging the opponents, we can see that first-place in Belgium Euro 2020 group paves the way to the quarter-finals. Except for the third-paced team of Group F, every other rival seems inferior to Belgium. A second-place finish in the group will likely pair the Red Devils with Turley or Switzerland. While no easy task, again, it looks that the spot in the eight best teams is quite feasible. The third place in Group B is the worst-case scenario. It will match the Belgians with the French, the Germans, the Spanish or the Portuguese.
✔️Our prediction: Lukaku, De Bruyne and co. have the skill and the experience to finish first. Any other outcome will be a huge upset. The first place in Group B pays at 1.72 (8/11).
What odds & bets bookies offer for Belgium
The team that holds the No.1 spot in FIFA ranking for more than two years could only be a major favorite in bookies. That is a product of the core of players that reached the semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup, staying the same and the top form they had this season.
The Euro 2020 Belgium team leader is Kevin De Bruyne (80 caps, 21 goals). After lifting the Premier League title, the Man City vice-captain hopes to get his hands on another silverware. Despite some injury issues, he had a productive season with 12 goals and 17 assists with the Citizens. Should Belgium lift the trophy, De Bruyne has a high chance of winning the UEFA Best Player of the tournament. The odds for that selection are 9.00 (8/1).
Romelu Lukaku (91 caps, 59 goals) has been clinical with Inter Milan this season and strives to continue with Belgium. With 24 goals in Serie A, he led the Nerazzurri to the first title since 2010. Having also played at Chelsea, Everton and Man United, he carries the experience needed in such a competitive environment. In the 2018 World Cup, he finishes as the second goalscorer; now, he wants to reach the top. You can bet on Lukaku as the Euro 2020 Top Goalscorer at 8.00 (7/1) odds.
✔️Our prediction: The quality of the forwards and midfielders in the Belgium Euro 2020 team places it as a frontrunner. This year's competition, however, will be one of the toughest ever. The Red Devils pay 7.00 (6/1) for winning the competition, which we consider low. But in a combo bet of Belgium to win and Lukaku to be the top goalscorer, the odds skyrocket to 26.00 (25/1).
Belgium Euro 2020/2021 Lineup & Tactics
Our assessment of the Belgium Euro 2020 squad covers all the aspects you need to know before betting. We include call-ups, previous matches and the tactics that Roberto Martinez prefers to follow. Furthermore, the potential lineup is laid out in detail.
The manager of the Red Devils is one of the first who revealed his 26-man squad to the press. Martinez included all the big names, hence no surprise here. The midfield and forward lines contain world-class players and can make up for any defense’s shortfalls. The entire Belgium squad for Euro 2021 is the following:
|GK||Thibaut Courtois||29||84||0||Real Madrid|
|GK||Simon Mignolet||33||31||0||Club Brugge|
|DF||Toby Alderweireld||32||109||5||Tottenham Hotspur|
|DF||Dedryck Boyata||30||23||0||Hertha BSC|
|DF||Thomas Vermaelen||35||80||2||Vissel Kobe|
|MF||Yannick Carrasco||27||46||6||Atlético Madrid|
|MF||Timothy Castagne||25||14||2||Leicester City|
|MF||Nacer Chadli||31||64||8||İstanbul Başakşehir|
|MF||Thorgan Hazard||28||35||6||Borussia Dortmund|
|MF||Thomas Meunier||29||47||7||Borussia Dortmund|
|MF||Kevin De Bruyne||29||80||21||Manchester City|
|MF||Leander Dendoncker||26||17||0||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|MF||Dennis Praet||27||11||1||Leicester City|
|MF||Youri Tielemans||24||39||4||Leicester City|
|MF||Hans Vanaken||28||10||2||Club Brugge|
|MF||Axel Witsel||32||110||10||Borussia Dortmund|
|FW||Eden Hazard||30||107||32||Real Madrid|
|FW||Leandro Trossard||26||7||2||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|FW||Michy Batshuayi||27||33||22||Crystal Palace|
|FW||Christian Benteke||30||39||16||Crystal Palace|
|FW||Romelu Lukaku||28||93||60||Inter Milan|
The Key Players & Tactics
Belgium in Euro 2021 is a star-studded squad, especially in midfielders and forwards. You could question the defending skills, but Thibaut Courtois will act as a wall under the goalpost. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will fend off enemy attacks in defense, the only line that seems vulnerable. Kevin De Bruyne and Youri Tielemans will set up the plays of the Euro 2020 Belgium team. The main objective will be to help Romelu Lukaku score as many goals as possible.
In the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, Roberto Martinez opted for a 3-4-2-1 formation. He followed the same tactics in the 2018 World Cup, so we are confident that he will not change them in Euro 2021. Due to injuries, he mixed things up in the midfield, but other lines had the same players in all matches. Aside from the draw vs. the Czech Republic, the Red Devils trounced Wales and thrashed Belarus. The good news is that so far, no injured players are ruled out.
The Probable Lineup
In a 3-4-2-1 formation, Martinez has every position clear in the Belgium squad for Euro 2020. Thibaut Courtois is the goalkeeper, with Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Denayer as the three center-backs. Youri Tielemans and Axel Witsel will act as central midfielders, supporting the wingers, Thomas Meunier and Thorgan Hazard. Flanking and assisting the attack, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard will be a constant threat to the opponent’s defenses. And on top, Romelu Lukaku will do what he specializes in, score goals. Should help from the bench is needed, Jeremy Doku, Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens are top-quality solutions.
Since his appointment as Belgium’s national head coach, Roberto Martinez goes from one highlight to another. The third place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia is the landmark until the next one. Under Martinez’s guidance, the Red Devils have risen to the No.1 place in FIFA ranking since September 2018. After having a moderately successful career as a footballer, Martinez switched to coaching in 2007. Being Everton’s manager for three years was enough for the Belgian football federation to appoint him in 2016. In 54 matches as Belgium’s head coach, he has 42 wins, eight draws and four losses. In Euro 2021, he hopes to improve his record and add the first major trophy to his collection.
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