Belgium vs Scotland go head to head in a Group I Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday 11th June at Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels. Scotland snatched a last-gasp victory against Cyprus in Steve Clarke’s first game in charge, but they know this will be much tougher.
Roberto Martinez’s side are ranked number one in the world, and have easily dispatched of both Russia and Kazakhstan at this ground so far. Can Scotland keep things tight in the Belgian capital? You can see our betting tips and predictions below.
Kick Off Time: 7:45pm
Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Competition: Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Venue: Stade Roi Baudoauin (Brussels)
As expected, the Red Devils are sitting pretty at the top of Group I and have conceded just a single goal in their first three Euro 2020 qualifiers. Roberto Martinez has a wealth of talent to call upon, and he can afford to shuffle his pack for this home fixture with Scotland. Despite being linked with the Barcelona job, Martinez is continuing to get a tune out of his seat, and they were fairly clinical against Kazakhstan at the weekend. They could have probably scored more, but they settled for three, and they could play a similar game here. Scotland got off to a winning start for Steve Clarke, although it looked like they might blow it. Scotland’s away form is not particularly impressive, although they do tend to squeeze past the minnows. They’ve lost six of their last nine fixtures against sides who haven’t been drawn from the lowest ranked section, and they could be in for a long evening in Brussels. Clarke’s sides tend to be set up fairly rigidly, and they will aim to keep it compact for long periods of time here. Belgium have enough quality in their side to eventually wear them down, and they will be expected to win this comfortably.
Following his transfer to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard is highly likely to start this game, as he collects his 102nd cap for Belgium. Romelu Lukaku should also feature for the Red Devils. Dries Mertens should also be rewarded for his goal against Kazakhstan with another chance to impress from the start. Hazard is a subject of a Paddy Power beat the drop question tonight.
With a perfect record so far, Martinez does have the luxury of being able to rotate here, and the likes of Michy Batshauyi, Divock Origi and Youri Tielemans will all be pushing for starts.
Oliver Burke’s timely intervention from the bench may just have done enough to earn him a start in his game. Stuart Armstrong and Scott McTominay will also be hoping to be included in Clarke’s starting XI.
Eammon Brophy got his first start at the weekend, and will be hoping to pick up his second cap on Tuesday night. Fellow newcomers Greg Taylor and Liam Kelly will be hoping to follow in his footsteps.
Despite playing a lot of football in recent weeks, Andy Robertson will continue as captain.
Belgium have so many players who are capable of getting on the scoresheet, with Romelu Lukaku the shortest price of the lot.
However, it is better to look at some of the bigger odds for our Belgium vs Scotland predictions, and Dries Mertens could continue his good recent run of form here. The Napoli winger-turned-striker has been in excellent form, and has netted in each of his last six games for club and country.
He should be able to test the Scottish defence, and could potentially continue his fine goalscoring streak here.
Dries Mertens is 13/8 to score anytime in this fixture with Betway, and he looks a decent bet in this contest.
Scotland know that they face a tough task against the side who sit atop the FIFA Rankings. Belgium are very impressive going forward, and they will have the majority of the play in this clash.
Their last four competitive home games have ended – 2-1, 2-0. 3-1 and 3-0, so they aren’t blowing sides away, but they are getting the job done in a professional manner.
Scotland won’t completely fold, and the arrival of Steve Clarke should make them tougher to beat. His Kilmarnock side were difficult to score against, and he’ll know the importance of damage limitation here. Scotland’s first three qualifiers have ended 3-0, 0-2 and 2-1, and backing another 2-3 goals in this game looks to be the sensible option.
2-3 Goals Exactly is the best bet for tonight’s Belgium vs Scotland betting tips, as it lands frequently for each of these two sides in competitive fixtures. It is priced at 11/10 with Bet365.
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