2018 World Cup semi finalists Belgium are looking to better that performance and begin with a Group F encounter against Canada on Wednesday.
Belgium lost 2-0 eventual winners France in the semis before going on to beat England by the same score in the third place playoff.
Canada on the other hand are going into their first World Cup match in 36 years with their only previous finals appearance coming in 1986.
During that edition of the tournament, they lost all three games to France, Hungary and the then USSR without scoring a single goal.
They are hoping to better that performance as they prepare for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on home soil.
Belgium scored 16 goals at the last World Cup, topping the scoring charts and are tipped to score just as many during this year’s tournament.
Canada’s away form is poor as they won just 2 of their 7 matches on the road in qualifying, and lost away in Honduras in their last competitive fixture.
This marks the last edition of the tournament for Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ to win the trophy and there is lots of hope in Roberto Martinez’ side.
What time does Belgium vs Canada start?
The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.
Belgium vs Canada team news
Romelu Lukaku’s injury is the biggest concern and blow to the Belgians, meaning Michy Batshuayi is likely to start up front.
Timothy Castagne and Yannick Carrasco are battling for a place at right wing-back as Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertoghen solidify the defense.
Youri Tielemans and Kevin De Bruyne will be the key components of their midfield as Eden Hazard provides the creativity higher up the field.
Captain Atiba Hutchinson is set to win his 99th cap for Canada but star player Alphonso Davies is a doubt after suffering a hamstring injury.
Belgium vs Canada head to head
Belgium have faced Canada once before and they won that game.
Belgium vs Canada current form
There is nothing separating these sides in terms of form coming into this fixture, with 2 wins, 2 draws and a single loss under their belts.
Though, Belgium are currently on a two-match losing streak and need to start their tournament off on the front foot.
Belgium vs Canada prediction
Both sides do not lack goal-scoring prowess and both are expected to get a goal in this game but Belgium are tipped as favorites to bag all 3 points.