Belgium v Scotland betting preview
Belgium have scored 8 goals and conceded just once in their perfect Euro 2020 qualifying campaign so farBelgium are already racing through this European Championship campaign with three straight victories. They opened their account last March beating 3-1 Russia at home and 2-0 Cyprus away, then Eden Hazard & co. secured a routine 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan last Friday. A perfect start means they sit top of Group I on nine points, with Russia and Scotland locked on six.
As to direct encounters, the Red Devils have won the last four meetings between the two teams without conceding. They eased past Scotland this past September in a friendly at Hampden Park as they ran out 4-0 winners, with goals coming from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi (2).
Roberto Martinez must decide whether to recall right wing-back Thomas Meunier or stick with Timothy Castagne. The back trio will be formed by top Premier League defenders such as Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Kompany while Thorgan Hazard should start as wing-back on the left side. Kevin De Brune and Axel Witsel will play in the middle of the park, supporting the likes of Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard upfront. Divock Origi, who scored in the Champions League final, may settle for a place on the Belgian bench.
Scotland have lost four of their last six matches on the roadScotland kept their slim hopes of automatic qualification alive with a dramatic 2-1 win over Cyprus on Saturday night, courtesy of a late goal scored by Oliver Burke. That was Steve Clarke's first game as manager. As a result, the Scots now have six points after three matches, having beaten San Marino 2-0 after a terrible 3-0 loss in Kazakhstan in the first qualifier. Already assured of a berth in the Euro 2020 play-offs due to their results in the UEFA Nations League, the Tartan Army would rather book their place automatically by climbing above either Belgium or Russia to finish in the top two of the Qualifying Group I table.
Steve Clarke is able to select from the same group of players that showed great resilience in the win against Cyprus. Fellow substitutes Scott McTominay and Stuart Armstrong are in contention to feature from the off as central and offensive midfielder respectively while Oliver Burke should lead the line, replacing Eamonn Brophy. Callum McGregor and John McGinn are likely to start in midfield, while captain Andy Robertson will be joined by Charlie Mulgrew, Scott McKenna, and Stephen O'Donnell at the back. The likes of Kieran Tierney, John Fleck, Oli McBurnie, Callum Paterson, Steven Fletcher and Steven Naismith are unavailable due to injuries.
Belgium v Scotland Starting Lineups Belgium 3-4-3): Courtois; Kompany, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Castagne, T. Hazard, De Bruyne, Witsel; E. Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku
Scotland (4-3-3): Marshall; O'Donnell, Mulgrew, McKenna, Robertson; McGregor, McTominay, McGinn; Forrest, Burke, Fraser
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