Scotland vs Belgium Preview

September 8, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

Scotland will be aiming to get their task for Euro 2020 qualification back on track as they face Belgium at Hampden Park on Monday evening.

Their hopes of qualification were given a huge blow on Friday evening as they battled with Russia, only to fall to a 2-1 defeat on home soil. Meanwhile, Belgium look in excellent health to reach the tournament having notched five victories out of a maximum five throughout the qualifying campaign so far.

Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils are now the clear favourites to win the group with their recent 4-0 success against San Marino putting them three points clear of nearest challengers Russia at the top of the table. They can be backed at odds as narrow of 1/7 with Betfair to run out Group I victors. Elsewhere, the Tartan Army now sit fourth in the table following back-to-back defeats and are available at an eye-watering price of 500/1 to win the group.

If Steve Clarke’s troops indeed harbour any hopes of qualifying for the European Championships, they will need to go completely against the form book against the Red Devils. Scotland are without a win against Belgium since 1987 and have not managed to even find the net against their opponents since a 2-2 draw back in 2001. They are not fancied this time around either with a price of 7/1 with William Hill available for Scotland to take three points. Meanwhile, Belgium are as low as 2/5, with a draw at 7/2.

Considering Scotland’s recent record against the Red Devils, and Roberto Martinez’s men’s defensive solidarity in the qualifying campaign so far, having only conceded one goal so far, a clever bet could well be a win to nil for the visitors. That eventuality is currently available at 11/10.

One boost to Scotland’s qualification hopes however will be the absence of Belgium’s star man Eden Hazard. The Real Madrid man is missing from the squad due to a thigh injury. In his absence, Romelu Lukaku is the favourite to open the scoring at Hampden Park with odds of 10/3 with Paddy Power.

Wolverhampton Wanderers man Leander Dendoncker is ruled out for the trip to Scotland.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn scored his first international goal against Russia so will hope to take his good form into the clash with Belgium and is at 20/1 to net the opening strike this time around.

They also have plenty of Premier League talent to call on in the forms of Ryan Fraser, Andrew Robertson and Scott McTominay, who all could have an close eye kept on them throughout the match. Clarke has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the match in a boost to the Tartan Army’s qualification hopes.

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