Wednesday's World Cup Bet Builder Tips: Comfortable wins for Germany and Belgium predicted
- Day four at the World Cup on Wednesday features Germany and Belgium
- Germans should dominate against Japan
- Kevin De Bruyne backed to score for Belgium against Canada
Our daily Bet Builder column continues with selections from Wednesday's World Cup matches, including victories and familiar goalscorers for two of Europe's big guns, Germany and Belgium.
Germany should get up and running with win
Bet 1: Germany to win
Germany may not quite be the fearsome team of old but they should still have no problem swatting Japan aside in their Group E opener in Al Rayyan.
The Germans, who will also face Costa Rica and Spain in the pool, are heavy favourites at 5/12 to win the match and anything other than a victory for the four-time world champions would be a huge surprise.
Hansi Flick's side have not been in the best of form this year, winning just two of their last five games, but they are, of course, experienced World Cup regulars and are ranked 13 places above Wednesday's opponents in the FIFA rankings in 11th position.
Japan are competing at their seventh successive World Cup but are yet to progress past the last-16 stage and they perhaps tellingly lost 2-1 to Canada in a warm-up friendly last week which ended a five-game unbeaten run.
Bet 2: Over three goals in the game
Germany will want to put down a marker in their first game against weaker opposition to remind the other outright contenders that they must be taken seriously in Qatar, so racking up the goals will be one of their aims when they do go in front.
Flick's men have scored 10 goals in their last five matches and have only failed to find the back of the net in one of their last 16 outings all told so backing plenty of goals in this tie looks the way to go.
Bet 3: Over 10 corners in the match
Germany won nine corners in their most recent game against Oman in the build-up to Qatar — a match they won 1-0 — when the opposition managed just one corner kick.
With Die Manschafft expected to dominate possession, territory and create plenty of chances, there should be scope for the corner count to tick over into double figures.
De Bruyne dangerous for Belgium
Bet 1: Belgium to win
Like Germany, Belgium are widely expected to begin their Qatar campaign with a routine win over Canada, who have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Belgium should have far too much international knowhow for the inexperienced Canadians, who will be tactically astute and workmanlike but will be far inferior in terms of quality.
Bet 2: Over two goals in the match
The likelihood of there being over two goals in the game seems high with one of the outright favourites being pitched against one of the minnows.
Belgium have actually lost their last two matches, against Netherlands and a friendly to Egypt, but now the main event is under way they should dispose of Canada without too many issues, racking up a few goals in the process.
They are set to be without recognised first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku due to injury, but there is plenty more firepower elsewhere in the squad. Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carasco and Youri Tielemans — who has hit some eye-catching goals for Leicester recently, should provide the entertainment in the final third.
Bet 3: Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime
De Bruyne has impressed for Manchester City so far this season, scoring three goals and getting 10 assists in all competitions.
He may be more renowned for his defence-splitting passes but he also takes free-kicks and has 25 goals in 94 caps for Belgium so the 31-year-old seems a logical choice to get his name on the scoresheet to complete this Bet Builder.
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