Much-hyped Belgium get their World Cup campaign under way with what on paper looks like a match they should comfortably win, against Algeria.
The Belgians deserve their favourites tag, a glance at their squad list tells punters that much, but the Algerians will attempt to frustrate them and tend to be defensively resolute so it could be closer than the odds suggest.
Wilmots’s side might need to be patient then and a case can be made for a Belgium success on the back of an even first period, an outcome BetVictor chalk up at 17/5.
Alternatively, Betfred make the European side 6/4 to prevail ‘to nil’ against a team whose weakness is likely to be their attack and with the Algerians decent at the other end, a modest flutter on Ladbrokes’s 7/1 about a 1-0 Belgium triumph is a tempting option.
Punters wanting to cover a couple of results meanwhile, can tackle William Hill’s 5/2 for the Belgians to emerge victorious in a match containing fewer than 2.5 goals.
Belgium to win and under 2.5 goals in the game – 5/2 (William Hill)