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Belgium vs Scotland betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview & predictions

Belgium vs Scotland prediction: Belgium 4-0 Scotland

Steve Clarke’s reign as Scotland manager got off to a winning start.

Only just though.

He now takes his side to face one of the world’s best.

It would be some shock if Scotland left Brussels with anything.

Surely this’ll be a very comfortable home win, won’t it?

Scotland flag

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 31: The Scottish flag is seen during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final match between Dundee United and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on January 31, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Belgium vs Scotland: Who will win?

Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 in a friendly back in September and are 1/7 to win this one too.

Scotland are 18/1 to win and thereby pull off a monumental shock.

Even a draw would be an amazing result and that is 13/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 1/2.

Both teams to score no is also 1/2.

Belgium to win and over 2.5 goals is also 1/2.

Belgium to win and over 3.5 goals is 6/5.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 23: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates with teammate Eden Hazard after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at Spartak Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Romelu Lukaku now has 46 international goals to his name. He is 5/2 to score first and 7/10 to add to his tally.

Eden Hazard has already scored three times in this campaign. He is 3/1 to score first and 19/20 to make that four.

Oli Burke was Scotland’s hero on Saturday night. He is 20/1 to score first and 13/2 to score anytime.

Both Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku to score is 13/5.

Both Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to score is 4/1.

Both Youri Tielemans and Eden Hazard to score is 8/1.

Both Ryan Fraser and James Forrest to score is 125/1.

Belgium vs Scotland: Match preview

KAZAN, RUSSIA – JULY 06: Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium controls the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It’s all been too easy for Belgium in this qualifying group.

Goals from Youri Tielemans and a brace from Eden Hazard saw them dismiss Russia 3-1 on matchday one.

An ominous start as Russia are likely to be their nearest challengers in this group.

That result was followed by a 2-0 win in Nicosia over Cyprus; Hazard and Batshuayi on the scoresheet this time.

On Saturday, it was Kazakhstan’s turn to visit the King Baudouin Stadium.

This time it was Dries Mertens, Timothy Castagne and Romelu Lukaku who did the damage in a very comfortable 3-0 win.

It would not be at all surprising if Roberto Martínez’s side won all ten matches in Group I and they’ll certainly be confident of another victory here.

Can Scotland cause a huge upset?

Ryan Fraser

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Ryan Fraser of Scotland runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Scotland, their group stage campaign has certainly not been as easy.

They travelled to Astana on matchday one to take on Kazakhstan full of hope and optimism.

However, the home side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

The worst night in Scottish football history surely.

Just three days later, they were at Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle to face the 211th and lowest ranked FIFA nation, San Marino.

A goal in either half from Kenny McLean and Johnny Russell sealed a highly unconvincing 2-0 victory.

Those dreadful performances were the end for Alex McLeish who was sacked the following month.

On Saturday, the Steve Clarke era got underway at home to Cyprus.

It took them an hour to break down their stubborn opponents through Andy Robertson’s spectacular third international goal.

However, Ioannis Kousoulos somehow had a free header four yards out from a corner.

He equalised with just three minutes to go.

That certainly was not in the script.

However, just 138 seconds later, Oli Burke’s header hit the post but he was on hand to tap in the rebound.

2-1 Scotland is how it finished.

Despite Clarke’s best efforts, it could be via something McLeish achieved that Scotland make Euro 2020.

Back in the Autumn, his Scotland side won their UEFA Nations League group, above Israel and Albania.

That means, if Scotland fail to qualify directly from this group, they have a League C play-off to look forward to in March 2020.

With Russia as well as Belgium also in Group I, that seems like an inevitability.

Can Scotland cause a huge upset here?

It looks very very unlikely.

Belgium team news vs Scotland

Thorgan & Eden Hazard

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – NOVEMBER 15: Eden Hazard #10 and Thorgan Hazard #16 of Belgium in action during the UEFA Nations League A group two match between Belgium and Iceland at King Baudouin Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

This is a Belgium side full of superstars.

Eleven squad members played in the Premier League last season but it remains to be seen how many will be there next season.

Thibaut Courtois is the undisputed number one goalkeeper.

He will be looking to add to his 34 clean sheets from just 73 appearances.

At the back, Anderlecht’s new player manager Vincent Kompany started on Saturday but is unlikely to start this one too.

Thomas Vermaelen will come in to join Spurs duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back.

Timothy Castagne, who scored at the weekend, and Thorgan Hazard are likely to continue as the very forward thinking wing-backs.

That would mean Thomas Meunier and Dàlián Yīfāng’s Yannick Carrasco miss out.

In midfield, there’s no Mousa Dembélé anymore since he joined Guǎngzhōu R&F in January.

Axel Witsel is expected to continue alongside Kevin De Bruyne with Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker left on the bench.

Up front will be a trio who have 93 international goals between them.

Dries Mertens and Real Madrid bound Eden Hazard will be supporting Belgium’s record goalscorer of all time Romelu Lukaku.

Those three have also already scored five goals in three matches in this group and will be looking to increase that tally.

Liverpool’s Champions League hero Divock Origi will be on the bench.

This side should blow Scotland away.

Scotland team news vs Belgium

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 19: Scott McTominay looks on during a Scotland Training Session at Hampden Park on November 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Scotland, Steve Clarke is expected to make a few changes as he’ll look to stiffen up his side.

He surprised everyone with his choice of goalkeeper on Saturday.

However, David Marshall is expected to keep his place ahead of Scott Bain.

It’s likely to be the same back four featuring Charlie Mulgrew and led by captain Andy Robertson.

In midfield, Scott McTominay’s last six Scotland appearances have all been as a substitute.

However, he’s likely to start here as the more defensive of the midfielders.

That would see Kenny McLean drop out and Callum McGregor move forward.

As always ,the two danger men are the two wide men.

James Forrest scored 18 goals and provided 20 assists for Celtic this season and has been directly involved in six goals in his last four Scotland games.

Ryan Fraser meanwhile scored eight goals and provided 15 assists for Bournemouth this season and has been directly involved in five goals in his last three Scotland appearances.

Very impressive numbers from two top players.

However, they will do well to see much of the ball in this one.

Up front, Eamonn Brophy got very little service on his Scotland debut on Saturday.

Oli Burke’s late winner off the bench could see him come in.

Clarke will be hoping Burke’s pace and strength can cause Belgium one or two problems.

Will this Scotland team leave Brussels with anything?

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Scotland.

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Belgium

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Belgium

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Belgium.

Euro qualifier highlights: Belgium 3-1 Russia

Euro qualifier highlights: Cyprus 0-2 Belgium

Euro qualifier highlights: Belgium 3-0 Kazakhstan

Euro qualifier highlights: Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland

Euro qualifier highlights: San Marino 0-2 Scotland

Euro qualifier highlights: Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

The latest tweets from Belgium pre Scotland

The latest tweets from Scotland pre Belgium

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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