Belgium v Scotland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 10, 2019
Heysel Stadium - UEFA European Championships Qualifier
Roberto Martinez's Belgium host Scotland in their final UEFA European Championships Qualifier in 2018-19, with the Red Devils looking for a fourth win.
Belgium won 4-0 in a friendly game at Hampden Park in 2018, with goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and two for Michy Batshuayi that day.
Scotland have not won in their last five meetings with Belgium, with their last victory coming way back in 1987.
Martinez has no injury concerns ahead of the visit of Steve Clarke's side, although he may opt to freshen up his starting XI, with Youri Tielemans and Batshuayi both potential starters in this clash.
Clarke could name the same starting XI that beat Cyprus at home last week, with a number of young players being given a chance to impress by the former Chelsea coach. The only real injury doubt is over Kilmarnock man Eoghan Brophy, who could be replaced by Jonny Russell or Oliver Burke.
Belgium v Scotland Preview and Predictions
Belgium eased past Kazakhstan in their first game of this international double header, with goals from Dries Mertens, Timothy Castagne and Lukaku securing a 3-0 win at home for Martinez's side, maintaining their 100% record in qualification so far. With all of his players available for this tie, Martinez should be able to keep their run going, despite Scotland's battling performance against Cyprus at Hampden, with one of the most potent attacking units in international football.
Scotland had to wait until the second half to get in front against a stubborn Cyprus side, thanks to a fine goal from captain Andrew Robertson, and showed resilience to come back and win 2-1, after falling behind late on in the game. Clarke is still finding his feet in the job, and he will have his eye firmly on battling Russia for second place in this group, with the Belgians seemingly to strong to be caught by either of their main rivals in Group I, with the big Russian tests to come in September and October.
Belgium should win this, but they will not have is easy against a well drilled Scottish side - and a Belgium to win but under 2.5 total goals scored bet comes in at a very interesting price of 21/10. Alongside some major talents in attack, Belgium also have a strong defensive record, with just one goal conceded in three qualifiers so far, and a clean sheet for the home side is available at 8/15.
Belgium to win 2-0 at 5/1
Martinez is under pressure to oversee a perfect qualification campaign and deliver at least a final place in next summer's European Championships, and he will need to navigate this tricky test well in order to keep the fans on side. Scotland will be happy with a performance, and anything more than a damaging defeat would be a bonus, as Clarke looks to reinvent them.
Eden Hazard to score anytime at 10/11
The new Real Madrid forward has been key for club and country towards the end of the season, with two key goals in the Europa League final in his last game for Chelsea and three goals in three qualifiers for Belgium so far. He will be on penalty and free kick for Martinez's side, giving him an extra edge in this market.