One of the worst kept secrets in football is finally being mirrored in the betting markets.
Belgium are very well equipped to win the World Cup.
After being available at 100/1 at the end of the 2012 European Championships – a tournament they didn’t even qualify for – this talented side are now just 12/1 to lift the trophy in Brazil.
Italy (18/1), Holland (22/1), England (25/1) and France (40/1) are all now trailing in the wake of Belgium’s latest market move.
Bigger challenges await them than the one they faced in Scotland on Friday night but it was a performance sprinkled with skill, control and professionalism as they cantered to a 2-0 victory, which cemented their place at the top of Group A.
It was their seventh win from eight qualification games, conceding just two goals along the way.
As long as the Red Devils avoid defeat against either Croatia or Wales next month, they will qualify as group winners.
Many shrewd followers knew this Belgium football revolution was coming and undoubtedly have the 100/1 betting transaction to prove it.
In the last 12 months, this group of talented players, who collectively have generated transfer fees in excess of £200m, have matured from gifted individuals into a terrifyingly tough national team that has the ability to beat anyone.
Skipper Vincent Kompany marshalls the defence, alongside Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen, while in central midfield they have human battering ram Marouane Fellaini to rely on.
Then there is Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke and new Tottenham prospect Nacer Chadli, who all can cause substantial carnage in the final third.
We haven’t even mentioned Axel Witsel, who joined Zenit St Petersburg for £32.5m, Mousa Dembele, Simon Mignolet and Romelu Lukaku.
The depth of their squad is frightening and can rival, perhaps even surpass the options that favourites Brazil (13/4) and Germany (4/1) possess within their ranks.