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Belgium vs Canada odds and predictions: Who is the favourite?

Belgium take on Canada in their World Cup Group F opener on Wednesday 23 November.

Belgium's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne takes part in a training session at the Salwa Training Site in Salwa Beach, southwest of Doha, on November 22, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football match between Belgium and Canada. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

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Canada are at a World Cup for the first time in 36 years and will face a strong but aging Belgian side in Group F on Wednesday. Canada head coach John Herdman is likely to go with a defensive 4-4-2 that can swift to a 3-4-3 in attack.

Belgium have Kevin De Bruyne, one of the best players at the tournament. The Manchester City playmaker will be hoping to help his side advance to the latter stages of the World Cup. Alphonso Davies is the one to watch out for in the Canada team. The Bayern Munich man will feature in a more advanced position as Canada hope to hold their own in a tricky group featuring Croatia and Morocco. Lille forward Jonathan David could announce his name on the global stage in Qatar.

Belgium vs Canada: odds

Belgium are favourites to win at 8/15, according to Bet365, while Canada are 5/1 to take the three points in their group opener.

Belgium vs Canada: prediction

Belgium will be without striker Romelu Lukaku, who could be out for at least the first two group-stage matches with a hamstring injury. Alexis Saelemaekers is also out with a knee injury.

Davies fit for Canada

Alphonso Davies limped off with a hamstring injury on 5 November but is back in time for Canada’s first World Cup since 1986. Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau and defenders Scott Kennedy and Doneil Henry remain on the sidelines with injuries.

Prediction: Belgium 2-1 Canada