Belgium the fans' favourites ahead of SWC 2018
Cape Town - Belgium's star-studded Soccer World Cup squad has
seen them attract the majority of the pre-tournament outright bets
, according to
"We've seen a flood of money coming for
Roberto Martinez's team." said BET.co.za marketing manager Brenton Chelin.
"Perhaps it has to do with the attractive
odds, or maybe any team that can afford to leave out Radja Nainggolan is being
taken seriously by our punters!" he added.
Martinez named Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne,
Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany and Thibaut Courtois in an impressive
line-up, despite the omission of Radja Nainggolan.
At 11/1, punters are finding them an
attractive betting prospect with 23% of the pre-tournament bets struck at
BET.co.za being placed on the underdogs.
Surprisingly, England have attracted the second
most bets (18%), followed by favourites Brazil (14%) and Argentina (13%).
The French team has attracted only 5% of the
betting - perhaps South Africans avoiding them while remembering their shambolic
performance in 2010 - and Spain (4%) are
another team that are cold in the betting markets.
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Belgium 23-man Soccer World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/ENG), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/GER)
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen (both Tottenham Hotspurs/ENG),
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic/SCO), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG),
Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielders: Leander Dendoncker
(Anderlecht), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang/CHN), Kevin De Bruyne
(Manchester City/ENG), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Mousa
Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester
United/ENG), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia
Monchengladbach/GER), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad/ESP), Youri Tielemans
(Monaco/FRA), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian/CHN)
Forwards: Dries Mertens (Napoli/ITA), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/ENG), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United/ENG)