Belgium vs Scotland
Competition: Euro 2020 qualifiers
Date: 11 June 2019
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Belgium had an easy night on Saturday against Kazakhstan, beating them 3-0 in Brussels. The “Red Devils” were 2-0 up by the 14th minute, Romelu Lukaku added a third one early in the second half, and… that was it. After the game, Belgium’s coach, Roberto Martínez, admitted that his fears regarding Eden Hazard were not justified, after all. He said he was afraid that Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid, completed just before the game against Kazakhstan, would be a distraction for the former Chelsea star, but he looked good, doing his part in pushing the team to that easy 3-0 win. Belgium are on nine points from three matches in the group, they have scored eight goals, conceded just one, and generally have shown that they are the unquestionable favorite not just to qualify from this group, but to finish first.
Scotland suffered on Saturday but they still beat Cyprus in Glasgow, despite getting equalized 1-1 in the 87th minute. Right after that, Oliver Burke made it 2-1, a result that didn’t change until the final whistle. That was Steve Clarke’s debut as Scotland manager, and he couldn’t be more relieved after the game, telling reporters what he kept the most from those 90 minutes was his team’s reaction after getting equalized. Clarke admitted that there is a lot of work to be done, with hardly any time between that game and the trip to Belgium. As for Burke, Scotland’s golden scorer, he told reporters their manager asked them to play “freely”, something they are not… used to, and it will take some time getting used to. Scotland are on six points from three matches in the group, third in the table, but level on points with second-placed Russia.
Previous five matches:
Belgium vs Kazakhstan 3-0
Cyprus vs Belgium 0-2
Belgium vs Russia 3-1
Switzerland vs Belgium 5-2
Belgium vs Iceland 2-0
Scotland vs Cyprus 2-1
San Marino vs Scotland 0-2
Kazakhstan vs Scotland 3-0
Scotland vs Israel 3-2
Albania vs Scotland 0-4
Belgium are visiting San Marino in September. Scotland will be hosting Russia (both Euro 2020 qualifying matches).
Belgium vs Scotland: Head to head Stats
Belgium have hosted Scotland nine times in the past, they have won eight of those matches, while the Scots registered a 0-5 win back in 1951. Total goals, 20-10.
Belgium vs Scotland: Prediction
Scotland’s double chance pays super well, but I just don’t believe in their chances of producing a surprise in this match.
Belgium vs Scotland: Betting Tips
“Belgium and under 3.5 goals” is at 1.91.