With a young squad and a strong manager, the Red Devils have a good chance of progressing through the tournament. Marc Wilmots' men have been comfortable in their friendlies in the build-up to the finals, beating Luxembourg 5-1 before cruising past Sweden 2-0. This weekend they return to Brussels and face Tunisia, who won't be competing in Brazil this summer.
Belgium went through their World Cup qualification campaign unbeaten, winning eight of their 10 matches. However, since securing their place in Brazil, the Red Devils became sloppy in two friendly matches, losing to Colombia and Japan.
After those results Wilmots will be pleased his side have got back to winning ways at the right time as they gear up for their opening match against Algeria in Belo Horizonte. Paddy Power price them at 1/4 (1.25) to win against Tunisia.
The visitors come into this match having lost out to Cameroon in the African World Cup qualification play-offs. Georges Leekens' men were soundly beaten over two legs, losing 4-1 on aggregate.
Since then, the Tunisians have played a handful of friendlies, drawing with Colombia and beating Korea Republic. Paddy Power rate them at 11/1 (12.00) to shock Belgium, with the same firm pricing the draw at 9/2 (5.50).
Romelu Lukaku has been in inspired form for Belgium in the two friendly matches of late, bagging a hat-trick against Luxembourg before opening the scoring against Sweden.
The Chelsea striker is far too short to back to open the scoring with Paddy Power here, being priced at 5/2 (3.50). With the Likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin Mirallas in the side, it's tough to back a first goal-scorer price that short.
Instead, it's worth looking at the handicap market for a bet that stands out. Belgium will be keen to put on a show for their fans and leave for Brazil in high spirits. The -1 handicap at 4/5 (1.80) is worth backing with Paddy Power, with it landing in their two World Cup friendly preparation matches so far.
|Belgium to win -1 handicap for a 1pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
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