Kick-off: 1945, 07/09/2018
Stadium: Hampden Park
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
Scotland take on Belgium in an international friendly at the national stadium as they prepare for Monday’s Nations League opener against Albania.
Alex McLeish has overseen one win and three defeats since taking over while Belgium finished third at the World Cup in Russia.
Despite the absence of the injured Kevin de Bruyne, we are plumping for the visitors to come out on top at 53/100 for our first Scotland vs Belgium prediction.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
McLeish was “relishing the challenge of leading us to a major tournament” after being appointed Scotland manager for a second time in February.
It is more than 20 years since Scotland’s last appearance at the 1998 World Cup in France.
With Hampden Park set to host matches at Euro 2020, McLeish is determined to give the country the best chance of progressing.
Although he has picked up just one win in four matches since returning to the helm, a number of youngsters have been blooded into the team.
But a familiar face has been drafted back into the squad in Hearts forward Steven Naismith, who netted a hat-trick against St Mirren on Saturday.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
Belgium’s hopes of World Cup glory came to an end with a 1-0 loss to eventual winners France in the semi-finals.
After overcoming Panama and Tunisia in their opening games, the Red Devils topped Group G by beating England 1-0 in Kaliningrad.
Roberto Martinez’s side then had to come from 2-0 down to see off Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 before knocking out Brazil 2-1 in the last eight.
But Samuel Umtiti’s solitary effort was enough for Les Bleus as the likes of De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku endured more tournament pain.
They did, though, claim another win over England in the third/fourth-placed play-off to secure their country’s best finish at a World Cup.
Belgium have won their last three meetings with Scotland 2-0 so let’s round off our Scotland vs Belgium tips by going for that correct score again at 6/1.
Mexico 1-0 SCOTLAND
BELGIUM 2-0 England – Meunier, Hazard
Head-to-head: Scotland 2-0 Belgium, Scotland 2-2 Belgium, Belgium 2-0 Scotland, Belgium 2-0 Scotland, Scotland 0-2 Belgium
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