Scotland vs Belgium UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Euro 2020 Scotland vs Belgium
Scotland vs Belgium Euro 2020 qualifiers

The match is over.
Score: 0-4.

A tough one for the Scots, who are looking to get a few points on the board following an up and down start to this group, but they couldn’t have picked a harder game to try and follow up their game against Russia, with Belgium looking to secure their place at the next tournament.

Predictions

Most people will fancy Belgium for this game, some would argue very rightly so, but Scotland won’t go down without a fight and might spring a surprise.

Scotland have had a rocky start to their campaign, beating San Marino and Cyprus but losing to Kazakhstan and Belgium, but know that a win here – or even a draw – would be seen as a huge step in the right direction.

Belgium, on the other hand, are in a much, much healthier position and haven’t lost in the group as of yet, only conceding one goal in the process and scoring 11 out of four games.

Belgium beat Russia 3-1, Cyprus 2-0, Kazakhstan 3-0 and beat Scotland 3-0 in their last meeting at home in what was only Scotland manager Steve Clarke’s second game in charge.

Clarke and his squad will know that not much is expected of them from this game but they showed in the last meeting that if they cut out some errors and play as a tight unit, a draw could well be on the cards.

Nevertheless, Belgium will still be a favourites and while you could bet for a score draw if you’re feeling lucky and feeling like Scotland can get something, it’s smarter to go with a 3-1 away win.

Betting Tips

Belgium are favourites for this clash so going with the away win isn’t a shock, but a comprehensive win seems to be in order. Scotland will remain a tough side to beat and will play compact, but it won’t be enough to prevent Belgium from getting all three points,  and this is among the best online betting odds for this round of action. 888sport have 3-1 to the Red Devils at 12/1

These are large odds for something which is more likely than the bookies expect, clearly. Home advantage should give Scotland a big boost, especially considering who they’re up against, but Belgium pulling away in the second half after a tough 45 minutes with the Scots perhaps having a consolation goal at the end seems likely, with this bet rated at 19/5 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

Scotland and Belgium have played each other 19 times in the past and it hasn’t been good reading for the Scottish. They’ve lost 12 of those fixtures while only picking up four wins and only mustering up three draws in the process.

Stats

  • The first game came back in 1946 when the two played out a 2-2 draw, with the first game post World War Two going in favour of Belgium, who won 2-1.
  • The biggest margin of victory was a 5-0 win in Scotland’s favour in 1951 when they beat Belgium in Belgium courtesy of a hat trick from George Hamilton.
  • The last Scotland win was back in 1987 when goals from Ally McCoist and Paul McStay gave them a 2-0 win at Hampden Park.
  • Since that game, Scotland haven’t beaten Belgium in six games, a run that spans from 2001 to 2019 and have only scored twice, both of those goals coming in the same game back in 2001, both scored by Billy Dodds.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

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