Kick-off: 1945, 11/06/2019
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Steve Clarke enjoyed a thrilling win in his first match as Scotland boss, but the honeymoon period may soon be over, as they visit Belgium on Tuesday.
The Red Devils have rattled off three straight Euro 2020 Group I wins, scoring eight times and conceding only once, plus they crushed the Scots 4-0 in a friendly last September.
We’re taking 23/20 for Roberto Martinez’s men to win by more than two clear goals for our initial Belgium vs Scotland prediction.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
Belgium appear keen to set up another crack at securing a first major piece of silverware with their ‘golden generation’, having finished third at last year’s World Cup.
They began this campaign by beating Russia 3-1 and Cyprus 2-0, before easing to a 3-0 triumph over Kazakhstan at this venue on Saturday.
Dries Mertens, Timothy Castagne and Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku were on target in that routine victory.
Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany featured in a powerful line-up, along with new Real Madrid playmaker Eden Hazard.
Scotland midfielder John McGinn admitted: “They have dangers all over the park. I am sure Belgium are still number one in the world, so we need to respect them.
“They are top players but you want to test yourself against the best. If we want to get to the finals of a major tournament, we are going to have to take points off a team like Belgium.”
Those are brave words, but we still like 21/4 for a 3-0 home win from the Belgium vs Scotland odds.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Clarke hailed his Scotland players for showing plenty of spirit in a 2-1 Hampden win over Cyprus, which put them level with Russia on six points from three games.
Liverpool ace Andy Robertson hit the top corner from 25 yards just after the hour mark to break the deadlock, only for Ioannis Kousoulos to nod in an equaliser on 87 minutes.
However, there was still time for Oliver Burke to pounce on the rebound after his own header had hit the post.
“It was a game that came with a lot of pressure,” said Clarke. “We didn’t speak about it much beforehand, but we knew if we didn’t take maximum points, the group was almost beyond us.
“So I think we should credit the players and maybe not look too much at one or two little mistakes that we can improve on.”
That was a narrow win against a youthful Cyprus side, though, and Scotland are yet to look convincing in this campaign, having lost 3-0 in Kazakhstan before an uninspiring 2-0 victory in San Marino.
The visitors may keep it tight for a while, but 21/10 for them to trail 1-0 at the break is added to our Belgium vs Scotland betting tips.
BELGIUM 3-0 Kazakhstan – Mertens, Castagne, Lukaku
SCOTLAND 2-1 Cyprus – Robertson, Burke
Head-to-head: Scotland 0-4 Belgium, Scotland 0-2 Belgium, Belgium 2-0 Scotland
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