With Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Romeu Lukaku, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj in their ranks, Belgium are well equipped to give a good showing at the World Cup in Brazil and they should have well enough quality to see off Russia, South Korea and Algeria and win Group H.
Having qualified in style, Marc Wilmots’ side look good things to top the group ahead of Russia, while news.bwin.com/en/ is also predicting that Algeria, who have a poor record in the World Cup, are set for another difficult campaign.
Belgium-Russia straight forecast @ 6/5.
Belgium and Russia look like they have far too much for their opponents in Group H and with Wilmots’ men the in-form team with the strongest squad, it makes sense to put them ahead of Fabio Capello’s side in a straight forecast.
With considerable help from their Premier League contingent, Belgium won eight and drew two of their qualifying matches and will be hugely disappointed if their young and talented team fails to secure top spot.
Russia can ensure they make the last-16 by finishing second. Capello’s men topped a qualifying group that contained Portugal and have too much for a poor Algeria team and a Korea side that have won just five of their last 15 internationals, losing seven.
Algeria to finish bottom @ 11/20.
The odds are not the most tempting you’ll see posted, but Algeria look nailed on to finish bottom of Group H.
The Algerian squad is well short of the required quality to compete with their Group H rivals and the Desert Foxes have finished bottom of their group in their last two World Cup appearances.
Besides, their three opponents all have excellent group stage records: South Korea, the most likely team to finish bottom, haven’t done so in the 21st century, Belgium have not had that ignominy since 1954 and Russia have never once propped up a World Cup group.
Algeria to score under 1.5 goals @ 13/10.
We’ve just discussed the lack of quality in the Algerian ranks, and it is summed up by the fact their top scorer in qualifying, Islam Slimani, hasn’t scored in six internationals.
In South Africa four years ago, Algeria failed to score a single goal in what turned out to be a very ordinary group containing England, USA and Slovenia and are facing three sides who qualified with very good defensive records.
Belgium and Russia conceded just four and five goals respectively in qualifying and it is hard to envisage Algeria getting much joy in front if goal.