Belgium Euro 2020 Team Guide and Betting Odds

Belgium Euro 2020

  • Belgium are one of the three favorites to win Euro 2020, along with France and England
  • Time is running out for the country’s ‘golden generation’ to get their hands on a trophy
  • Belgium have a hugely talented attack but there are doubts in defense and midfield

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Belgium were quarter-finalists at Euro 2016 and semi-finalists at the 2018 World Cup. They are now looking to take the next step at this summer’s European Championship, where the pressure is on Roberto Martinez’s side to go all the way.

Belgium’s squad is one of the most talented in the competition, and they have been handed a relatively favorable draw. Can the Red Devils win an international tournament for the first time in the history of the national team?

Euro 2020, Belgium: Selected Odds

Odds taken from Draftkings Sportsbook.

Euro 2020 Belgium Odds Odds
Winner +750
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Reach the Final +300
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Reach the Semi-Finals +130
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Reach the Quarter-Finals -200
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Romelu Lukaku to Finish as Top Scorer +700
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Kevin De Bruyne to Finish as Top Scorer +800
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Euro 2020: Belgium Tip

Back Belgium to reach the semi-finals and Romelu Lukaku to finish as top scorer. Martinez’s side should make it through to the last four at a minimum, but the strongest teams in the competition could exploit their defensive weakness.

Belgium should score plenty of goals, though, and Lukaku will be the chief beneficiary of the chances created by his supporting cast. The Inter Milan sharp-shooter could well beat Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski et al. to the Golden Boot.

How They Qualified

Belgium booked their spot at Euro 2020 in style, winning all 10 of their qualifying matches to top their group. Italy also amassed 30 points from a possible 30, but Belgium’s +37 goal difference (compared to the Italians’ +33) meant the Red Devils had the best qualifying record on the continent.

Martinez’s side scored 40 goals in two games each against Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, and San Marino. That too was better than any other team that entered the process and shows that Belgium’s Euro 2020 opponents will have some lethal firepower to contend with.

The Red Devils conceded just three times in those 10 matches, each of which was won by at least a two-goal margin. It was as comfortable a qualifying campaign as anyone could ask for.

European Championship Record

Belgium have never won the Euros before. They finished as runners-up in 1980, losing out to West Germany, and reached the semi-finals at Euro 1972.

They have only made the knockout stage of the competition once in the last 40 years, but that is a record that will surely change this time around.

Formation

Belgium will line up in a 3-4-3 formation at Euro 2020. That is the system Martinez has used for most of his tenure, and he will not deviate from it here.

It is an asymmetrical setup, with a more defensive wing-back on the right-hand side and a more attack-minded player at left wing-back. It would be possible to switch to a 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 from this shape, but Martinez will probably keep faith with what his team knows throughout the competition.

Strengths

As demonstrated by their qualifying record, Belgium have an incredibly gifted set of attacking players. Lukaku is coming into Euro 2020 on the back of the best season of his career, having fired Inter to the Serie A title with 24 goals in 36 games. He is already Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer and, as well as being lethal inside the penalty area, his physical presence outside the box helps Belgium to transition quickly from defense to attack.

Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens will play as inside-forwards. The former was one of the standout performers at the 2018 World Cup but has endured a torrid couple of years at Real Madrid due to injuries. Belgium will hope he is back to his best this summer.

Supporting the attack from a more central role will be Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City is arguably the most complete soccer player on the planet, and his driving runs, passing range and pinpoint crosses mean he could rack up plenty of assists.

Weaknesses

Belgium are sweating on the fitness of Axel Witsel, their holding midfielder. He tore his Achilles in January and, while he will probably get onto the pitch at Euro 2020, he might be short of match fitness. Without him, Belgium lack a top-class alternative at the base of midfield, and opponents could potentially exploit spaces between the lines.

A bigger concern is at the back. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were terrific center-backs in their day, and still are when asked to perform limited roles. However, they will be Belgium’s outside center-halves in a back three, and their ageing legs could be exploited with speedy darts into the channels by opposition forwards. The 34-year-old Vertonghen could be particularly vulnerable, especially as Thorgan Hazard is far from a defense-minded wing-back on the left.

Belgium arguably lacks a plan B upfront, beyond throwing on more attacking players. That attempt to overwhelm opponents can work at times – it did in the 3-2 comeback win against Japan at the 2018 World Cup – but more subtlety could be required against the stronger teams

Player to Watch

Kevin De Bruyne. The 29-year-old is at the peak of his powers and has the ability to grab a game by the scruff of its neck.

Currently nursing facial injuries sustained in the Champions League final, he should be operating at full capacity come to the knockout phase.

Manager

Roberto Martinez. An innovative coach who was one of the first managers to introduce the 3-4-3 system to the Premier League during his time in charge of Wigan Athletic, the Spaniard’s relentless positivity can rub some people up the wrong way.

He is a smart thinker, though, and will significantly enhance his credentials if he leads Belgium to glory at Euro 2020.

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