Belgium enters the 2022 World Cup with high expectations at No. 2 in the official FIFA rankings after winning bronze in the last tournament. Can they start with a big win over Canada? Find out with our Belgium-Canada World Cup picks.
Belgium boast a team of world-class talent and will kick off their campaign against a country that’s competing at its first World Cup since 1986.
Canada surprised many by topping CONCACAF in qualifying. They scored the most goals in the final round of qualification (23) and conceded the fewest (seven) in the federation. The Canadians won their last six home matches by an aggregate score of 16-2.
Belgium vs. Canada Game Info
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23,
2 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports, Telemundo
Location: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Weather: 73 degrees, 4% chance of precipitation, 4-mph winds
Belgium vs. Canada Picks
Belgium vs. Canada ATS Pick
Belgium -1 (+135) ★★★★★
You can get Belgium as two-goal favorites with PointsBet at +135. DraftKings Sportsbook has alternate spreads, such as Belgium -2.5 at +380, but a three-goal win with no potential of a push is a big ask at this tournament, regardless of how good your squad is.
Belgium winning by two seems like good value in this matchup. Since losing their final group game in 1994, Belgium are unbeaten in all 12 of their group-stage games at the FIFA World Cup, winning all of their last seven group matches in the competition.
The Red Devils boast a squad of stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, among others. They have the firepower and are also solid at the back, conceding just six goals in qualifying.
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Belgium vs. Canada O/U Pick
Over 2.5 (-135) ★★★★
Expect goals in this game. Most sportsbooks have the total at 2.5, with the price at -135. FanDuel Sportsbook has it at -136, so shop around to find good value.
Canada scored 11 goals in their last six games, including two against fellow World Cup contenders Japan earlier this month. Canadian striker Cyle Larin was the leading scorer in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying with six goals, while teammate Jonathan David tied for second with five.
Belgium were the top-scoring side at the last World Cup in 2018. They found the net 16 times on their way to a third-place finish. They scored seven goals in the group stage of Euro 2020, the second-most. They beat Portugal in the last 16 before being eliminated by Italy, the eventual champions, in the quarterfinals.
Belgium vs. Canada Prop Pick
De Bruyne anytime assist (+175) ★★★
This is another price to shop around for. FanDuel is offering this play at +110, which makes this price at PointsBet excellent value.
De Bruyne has been instrumental to Manchester City’s Premier League success. He’s the reigning Player of the Season in England and has been awarded the honor twice in past three years. De Bruyne also leads the Premier League in assists this season (nine).
De Bruyne and Hazard have collectively assisted 45% of Belgium’s goals at major international tournaments since the 2014 World Cup (18 of 40). They are also the top assist providers in such competitions among European players over that period (nine assists each).
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Belgium-Canada picks made 11/22/2022 at 6:51 a.m. ET