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Scotland v Belgium Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

September 06, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Hampden Park - Euro 2020 Qualification

Scotland face a daunting task on Monday night as they host the mighty Belgium at Hampden Park in their fifth qualifying fixture for Euro 2020. The Red Devils are flying high at the top of Group I, with few expecting the home team to get a result here.

Past Meetings

Scotland did well against Belgium in Brussels back in June, holding on until injury time at the end of the first half before finally succumbing to a Romelu Lukaku goal. The former Manchester United striker added a second just before the hour, with Kevin De Bruyne adding a third in the 92nd minute. That was Belgium’s fifth win in a row against the Scots, after a 4-0 friendly victory at Hampden almost exactly a year ago.

Team News

Steve Clarke is expected to make few changes from the side that lost to Russia on Friday night, with Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson captaining the side. Oli McBurnie is expected to lead the line once again, with goalscorer against the Russians, Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, featuring alongside Manchester United’s Scott McTominay in midfield.

Belgium’s squad may be packed with global superstars, but their biggest of all, Eden Hazard, is out of this match due to injury. Lukaku will lead the line after a strong start to life in Serie A with Inter Milan, while former Everton manager Roberto Martinez can also call on the likes of De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Leicester City midfielder Your Tielemans.

Scotland v Belgium Preview and Predictions

Despite taking an early lead and only going down to a Stephen O’Donnell own goal, Scotland’s rebuilding process received a knock against Russia on Friday night - at the same time as Belgium were maintaining their 100% record in San Marino. The Red Devils have a great chance of winning all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualification fixtures, but do the Scots have any chance of putting a stop to that at the halfway stage of the section?

In truth, probably not. Belgium are a serious proposition and their group has gained a lot of experience playing together over recent years. They may be shorn of Hazard’s talents, but there are plenty of other players in the Red Devils squad who are capable of stepping up and hurting the hosts.

Scotland put in a dogged defensive display in the first meeting between these sides earlier in the summer, and they’ll have to do the same again here. With the backing of a raucous Hampden, there’s always the chance of an upset, but the betting odds for this game are a clear indication of how the bookmakers think it’s going to go.

The visitors are the heavy favourites for the win at 1/2, while Scotland are out at 6/1 despite their home advantage. A draw would be an excellent result for the Tartan Army to celebrate, and a real shot in the arm in the early months of Clarke’s reign. That’s priced at 10/3.

Recommended Bets

Belgium to win to nil at 10/11

The Red Devils have beaten the Scots five times in a row without conceding a single goal, making this an attractive be to enhance your odds on the away win.

Belgium to win and over 2.5 goals at 4/5

This bet would’ve paid out in the last two of those Belgian victories, and covers you in case Scotland manage to get themselves on the scoresheet, with the away team still running out winners.

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