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

Scotland vs Belgium prediction: Scotland 0-4 Belgium

A miserable night for Scotland to continue a miserable campaign.

On Friday night, they suffered yet another loss in European qualifying so look out of the running in this competition.

This is a very daunting test so can Scotland beat a higher ranked nation in qualifying for the first time since 2013?

It seems very unlikely.


Highlights of Belgium 3-0 Scotland

Highlights of Scotland 1-2 Russia

Scotland vs Belgium: Who will win?

Scotland are huge underdogs at 13/2 to claim the win.

Belgium meanwhile are 4/9 to keep up their 100% start to qualification.

Even a draw would be a major surprise and that is 16/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 10/11.

Belgium to win and over 2.5 goals is 5/4.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – NOVEMBER 14: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium reacts during the international friendly match between Belgium and Japan held at Jan Breydel Stadium on November 14, 2017 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

James Forrest scored five Scotland goals during the UEFA Nations League. The Celtic man is 14/1 to break the deadlock and 5/1 to score anytime.

Ryan Fraser has been in great from of Bournemouth since the start of last season. He is also 14/1 to score first and is 11/2 to add to his one international goal.

Romelu Lukaku is Belgium’s top scorer of all time. He is 14/5 to score first and 21/10 to add to his 48 international goals.

Dries Mertens got his 18th international goal against San Marino on Friday. He is 11/2 to score first and 9/4 to net anytime.

Both Fraser and Oliver McBurnie to score is 60/1.

Both Mertens and Lukaku to score is 15/2.

Both Kevin De Bruyne and Lukaku to score is also 15/2.

Both Thomas Meunier and Youri Tielemans to score is 45/1.

Scotland vs Belgium: Match preview

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)

Scotland’s hopes of finishing in the top two of this group are almost over.

The Tartan Army hosted Russia on Friday in a game they simply had to win.

They went into that game having won their last five competitive home matches; they last enjoyed a longer run between August 1995 and October 1998 when they won ten in a row.

Despite being rank outsiders, they started really brightly and deservedly took the lead after just 11 minutes.

Ryan Fraser’s cross was spilled by the goalkeeper and turned in by John McGinn.

The ideal start.

But, they could not maintain that level of performance.

Just on half time, Russia equalised and it had been coming.

Then, after 59 minutes, a low cross across the box was deflected into his own net off Stephen O’Donnell.

Scotland had no answer in the remaining half an hour and were condemned to a 2-1 home defeat.

That leaves them six points adrift of a qualification place at the mid-way point of this campaign.

This is because, back when Alex McLeish was in charge in March, his side were embarrassingly beaten 3-0 in Kazakhstan before just about beating San Marino 2-0 in Serravalle.

Steve Clarke’s reign then began with a narrow 2-1 home win over Cyprus before losing 3-0 in Belgium.

Scotland will surely not qualify through this group but will get a second chance via the UEFA Nations League.

As it stands, they would face Bulgaria at home in the UEFA Nations League C play-off semi-final with a potential final against either Serbia or Norway in March.

For this reason, it’s important for them to prepare well for, potentially, two huge games so can they upset the world’s number one team?

Another big Belgium win?

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)

As for Belgium, it has all been too easy for them in this group so far.

Back in March, they beat Russia 3-1 at home; Eden Hazard getting a brace.

That was followed by a 2-0 win in Cyprus, Hazard amongst the goals again.

June saw two back-to-back 3-0 home victories, first over Kazakhstan and then over Scotland.

Then, on Friday night, they travelled to face San Marino.

That was the 211th and bottom side in the world taking on the side at the very top of the FIFA World Rankings.

Amazingly, it was 0-0 until the 43rd minute but then, Belgium were awarded a spot-kick which was cooly dispatched by Michy Batshuayi.

In the second half, Dries Mertens, Nacer Chadli and Batshuayi again got on the scoresheet to secure a 4-0 win.

That all means the Red Devils have won all five matches, scoring 15 goals and letting in just one.

In fact, in Belgium’s last 35 qualifiers they’ve won 29, drawn five and lost only one (that was in Cardiff).

This should be another emphatic victory for Roberto Martínez’s men on the road to Euro 2020, a competition their fans will be expecting them to go all the way in.

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)

Scotland are certainly not at full strength with a few key players missing.

It’s been all change in goal in recent month.

All in the last year, Allan McGregor has retired from international duty, Scott Bain has fractured his thumb and Craig Gordon has lost his place at Celtic so is not in the squad.

That all means David Marshall, who joined Wigan from Hull in the summer, will continue in goal.

In defence, centre-backs John Souttar, Scott McKenna and Grant Hanley are all injured.

Thus, Charlie Mulgrew will continue to be partnered by Liam Cooper; the latter made his international debut on Friday.

Stephen O’Donnell will start at right-back essentially because there is no one else and, with Kieran Tierney out, captain Andy Robertson will be the left-back.

In contrast to the defence, Scotland can boast a plethora of exciting midfield options.

The three who are expected to get the nod once more are Scott McTominay, John McGinn and Callum McGregor.

That would mean that all of Ryan Christie, Kenny McLean, Ryan Jack and Stuart Armstrong are left out.

Out-wide, the deadly duo who scored six goals between them in November 2018 will be hoping to be dangerous once more.

James Forrest has 24 goals and 25 assists for Celtic since the start of last season.

Ryan Fraser meanwhile has notched up 8 goals and 16 assists for Bournemouth down south in the same time frame.

Up front, there is no Leigh Griffiths or Oli Burke.

Oli McBurnie, who recently scored his first Premier League goal, is likely to lead the line in search of his first international goal.

Steven Naismith wasn’t even on the bench on Friday due to lack of fitness but could be a substitute in this one.

Can this Scotland side secure a massive victory at Hampden?

Belgium team news vs Scotland

Nacer Chadli

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA – JULY 02: Nacer Chadli of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with team mates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As for Belgium, they too are missing some famous names but Roberto Martínez will still be able to name a frightening side.

Thibaut Courtois is firmly established as the number one goalkeeper and will win his 76th cap.

Ahead of him will be a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will be a part of the back three.

Jason Denayer will get the nod alongside them ahead of Thomas Vermaelen who now plays his club football in Japan for Vissel Kōbe.

In midfield Axel Witsel is injured and Mousa Dembélé has been left out after moving to Guǎngzhōu R&F in January.

That means Youri Tielemans and Kevin De Bruyne are likely to play together again in midfield.

Leander Dendoncker and Dennis Praet are the other options but will not be needed in a game Belgium will dominate.

Out-wide, Yannick Carrasco of Dàlián Yīfāng is expected to keep his place ahead of Nacer Chadli with Thomas Meunier on the right.

Further forward there will be changes.

Adnan Januzaj will keep his place.

But, Divock Origi and Michy Batshuayi will drop out for Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku.

Both Hazards, Eden and Thorgan, are injured.

This side should blow Scotland away, just as they did in Brussels in June.

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Belgium

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Belgium

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Belgium.

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Scotland.

Highlights of Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland

Highlights of San Marino 0-2 Scotland

Highlights of Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

Highlights of Belgium 3-1 Russia

Highlights of Cyprus 0-2 Belgium

Highlights of Belgium 3-0 Kazakhstan

The latest tweets from Scotland pre Belgium

The latest tweets from Belgium pre Scotland

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

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