Belgium vs Scotland / EURO 2020 Qualifiers – Belgium is a strong favourite to win the first place in the Group I, while Scotland hopes to end up at the second place where its strongest competitor is Russia. The Belgians have so far justified the prediction as they occupy the first place and have won all three matches, while Scotland won two and lost one match but totally unexpectedly to an outsider. The two teams met the last time in September 2018 and then Belgium won the friendly by 4-0.
Belgium vs Scotland begins 11.06.2019 at 20:45 CET
After failure in the Nations League and shocking defeat by Switzerland 5-2 after lead of 2-0, the Belgians started the qualification for the European Championship in the best possible way. Three victories in first three rounds; where the most valuable was the first one against Russia. They won at home by 3-1 and there were minor problems but Hazard had resolved all dilemmas with two goals. The Belgians scored two goals early in away match with Cyprus and after that they routinely brought the match to its end, while on last Saturday they won Kazakhstan 3-0, again after scoring two goals early on. Kompany was a starter, just like de Bruyne who returned at his position in the midfield.
Probable lineups Belgium: Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen – Castagne, de Bruyne, Witsel, T. Hazard – Mertens, R. Lukaku, E. Hazard
Scotland has already replaced the manager during these qualifications because of the heavy defeat by Kazakhstan 3-0 in the first round. Alex McLeish led the team against San Marino and the Scots won 0-2, but then Steve Clarke took the helm. He debuted on last Saturday in match with Cyprus and Scotland again had big problems but nevertheless it won 2-1. Reservist Burke had scored in the finish of match a goal worth three points, although Scotland’s performances were not encouraging at all before this difficult away match. It is likely that the Scots will opt to play a bit more closed variant compared to match with Cyprus.
Probable lineups Scotland: Marshall – O'Donnell, Mulgrew, McKenna, Robertson – McLean, McGinn, McGregor – Burke, Forrest – Fraser
Belgium vs Scotland PICK
The Belgians did well in the qualifications and now they want to verify the first place with a new triumph. Scotland struggles, plays rather poorly and with such game definitely cannot expect much from this difficult away match.
Pick: Asian handicap -2 Belgium
Odds: 1.80 at bet365 (down to 1.70 can be played)
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