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Euro 2024 Betting: Who Will Lead Belgium in Goals?

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
Euro 2024 Betting: Who Will Lead Belgium in Goals?

The 2024 European Championship kicks off in Germany next week, and the stage is set for a thrilling tournament.

FanDuel Sportsbook is offering several different ways to bet on the tourney, including who will be the top goal-scorer for certain teams.

Today, we're going to look at Belgium, who have the sixth-best odds to win the event (+1800), according to the Euro 2024 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Red Devils were drawn into Group E alongside Ukraine (22nd in FIFA's World Rankings), Romania (46th), and Slovakia (48th).

Here are the full odds in the market as well as a breakdown of the current favorites.

Euro 2024 Odds

Belgium Team Top Goalscorer
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
Romelu Lukaku-130
Kevin De Bruyne+500
Leandro Trossard+750
Jeremy Doku+850
Lois Openda+1300
Youri Tielemans+2900
Charles De Ketelaere+3500
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Romelu Lukaku (-130)

Already Belgium's all-time leading goal scorer by a wide margin, Romelu Lukaku is coming off a very efficient season for Roma, one that saw him score 20 goals from 13.8 expected goals -- per FBRef -- in Serie A and the Europa League combined.

Lukaku has been the striker for Belgium's golden generation for more than a decade now and has scored numerous times at big tournaments. In his World Cup debut in 2014, he scored in a 2-1 win against the United States in the Round of 16. He backed that up with two goals at Euro 2016 and four each at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020. At the 2022 World Cup, he was dealing with an injury and made just two appearances, recording zero goals.

He rebounded from the disappointment in a big way in qualifying for Euro 2024. In eight starts, he netted 14 goals, the most of any player in qualifying -- recording an absurd 2.13 goals/90. Belgium's group didn't include any other sides ranked in the top 24 in the World Rankings, but Lukaku scored six goals combined against Austria (25th) and Sweden (26th). He also took the team's only penalty, a role that certainly helps his goal-scoring outlook.

Lukaku is in good form for both club and country and has an excellent outlook heading to Germany.

Kevin De Bruyne (+500)

Like Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne is looking to rebound after a disappointing 2022 World Cup -- De Bruyne played the full 90 in each match but didn't record a goal or an assist in that tourney.

After missing the first half of this past club season with a hamstring injury, De Bruyne was back to his very best for Manchester City in the second half of the season. In 20 matches in the EPL and Champions League, he recorded six goals and 12 assists.

One of the best playmaking midfielders of all time, De Bruyne ranked in the 94th percentile this season in total shots versus other attacking mids/wingers and 99th percentile versus all midfielders.

While there is no doubting the substantial impact that De Bruyne has on the outcome of every game he plays, when he's suited up for Belgium, that impact has not included many goals at major tournaments. He has never scored more than a single goal in any of his appearances at major tournaments, which includes three World Cups and two Euros. In those same tournaments, he totaled eight assists.

De Bruyne is capable of leading Belgium in goals, but historically, he has opted to play the role of facilitator in these big events.

Leandro Trossard (+750)

Leandro Trossard is coming off the best goal-scoring season of his career. In a half-season with Arsenal in 2022, Trossard recorded one goal and 10 assists in 20 appearances. In 2023, he flipped the script, with 16 goals and two assists in the Premier League and Champions League combined. He was incredibly efficient, with his 16 goals coming from just 9.5 xG.

Since making his debut for Belgium in 2020, Trossard has been consistently involved but not always as a starter. In Euro 2020, he started one game -- as a wing-back. In the 2022 World Cup, he made three appearances with one start, averaging just 34.3 minutes per fixture. He started half of Belgium's eight qualifying games for Euro 2024 and scored twice.

Given his form for Arsenal, Trossard certainly deserves to start for Belgium in Germany -- but it isn't a guarantee. Jeremy Doku (+850 to lead Belgium in goals) will likely be a starter after an excellent season for Manchester City, and Johan Bakayoko (+8000) could challenge Trossard for minutes after Bakayoko totaled 12 goals from 8.7 xG in the Eredivisie.

If Trossard is given the opportunity, he can be productive in Germany. That said, in qualifying, Lukaku scored 14 of Belgium's 22 goals -- the next closest player had two. Outscoring Lukaku will be a tall task for Trossard and any other member of the Red Devils.


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