The Red Devils have climbed up into the top five of the FIFA rankings and their impressive form has prompted a cut in the Belgium World Cup 2018 odds.
After reaching the quarter-finals of Brazil 2014 and Euro 2016, it is no longer possible to use the term ‘dark horses’ when discussing Belgium World Cup 2018 betting tips.
Belgium cruised through a weak group in Brazil four years ago, winning all three games, and saw off the USA in the last 16, before being edged out 1-0 by eventual runners-up Argentina.
On the back of that, they were strongly fancied for Euro 2016 and powered into the quarter-finals with a 4-0 drubbing of Hungary.
However, everything fell apart in a 3-1 loss to Wales and the Red Devils will be keen to avoid any such meltdowns this summer.
They were certainly consistent in qualifying, dropping only two points in 10 games, with 43 goals scored and just six conceded.
Most Belgium World Cup 2018 predictions will have them beating Panama and Tunisia before a Group G decider versus England.
At least matching their 1986 semi-final appearance will then be the overall aim.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Roberto Martinez took charge of a star-studded squad packed full of proven performers when succeeding Marc Wilmots a couple of years ago.
Mercurial Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and Manchester City midfield dynamo Kevin De Bruyne will be at the height of their powers in Russia this summer.
Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United has also allowed the powerful forward to gain experience of featuring in high-profile fixtures.
Napoli striker Dries Mertens could prove the perfect partner up front, as he possesses the guile and grace to snap up any offloads.
Some may suggest the defence is ageing, but Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld are all still great athletes when fully fit.
In behind them, Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois compares favourably with any other goalkeeper at the tournament to continue the strong spine throughout this side.
Rank (world): 5
WC participations: 12
Best effort: Semi-finals in 1986
Road to Russia
BEL 4-0 Cyprus
Bosnia 3-4 BEL
Greece 1-2 BEL
BEL 9-0 Gibraltar
Estonia 0-2 BEL
BEL 1-1 Greece
BEL 8-1 Estonia
Gibraltar 0-6 BEL
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
Vincent Kompany (D)
Jan Vertonghen (D)
Thomas Vermaelen (D)
Toby Alderweireld (D)
Eden Hazard (M)
Kevin De Bruyne (M)
Romelu Lukaku (F)
Dries Mertens (F)
Roberto Martinez – SPA