By Thomas Strong
5th September 2018
- Friday 7th September
- Kick-off: 19:45
- Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow
- Live on Sky Sports Main Event
Friday’s international friendly sees two teams meet in preparation for their opening UEFA Nations League matches. Read on to find three of William Hill’s best Scotland vs Belgium predictions.
Scotland vs Belgium predictions: Scots must overcome goal-shyness to trouble prolific Red Devils
Alex McLeish’s men are betting at 5/1 outsiders for victory in the Scotland vs Belgium betting odds, with Roberto Martinez’s visitors tipped at just 1/2 to prevail, and the draw chalked up at a price of 17/5.
Scoring goals has been chief among the Tartan Army’s problems since failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, with just one strike mustered across their last five games, four of which ended in defeat.
To make matters worse, Matt Phillips, scorer of that solitary effort, is out injured. West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass will come in for the West Bromwich Albion man.
A lack of incisiveness in front of goal is not an accusation that can be levelled at the Red Devils, who’ve bagged 39 goals across 15 games during the last 12 months. If you predict the visitors to maintain this rich goalscoring form against the Scots, then a Belgium win and three or more goals in the match is currently betting at 5/4 odds.
There’s a cautious sense of optimism about the Scottish side going forward, with Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson captaining a youthful squad including Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, linked with Manchester United and Everton in the summer.
However, with a Belgium victory deemed the more likely outcome, the hosts may need to wait patiently for their first UEFA Nations League match, against Albania on Monday, for the green shoots to really begin poking through the topsoil.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Scotland 0-2 Belgium, Belgium 2-0 Scotland, Belgium 2-0 Scotland, Scotland 2-2 Belgium, Scotland 2-0 Belgium, Belgium 4-1 Scotland.
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Free betting tips: Scotland vs Belgium predictions
Prediction: Belgium (-1 goal) to beat Scotland @ 13/10 odds
As alluded to above, Scotland have found scoring a real struggle in recent outings, while Belgium have found it all too easy. As such, our Scotland vs Belgium predictions are all about finding a way to back Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and friends to win at an attractive price.
The absence of Manchester City’s midfield puppet master Kevin De Bruyne could well spare the hosts a real Hampden humbling, but the Red Devils should still possess enough individual quality to strike twice at the very least.
With goals so scarce for McLeish’s side, Belgium may need no more than a brace to give the Scots a one-goal head start and still land international friendly odds of 13/10.
Best Bet: Belgium/Belgium double result tipping @ 13/10
At an identical price to the first of our Scotland vs Belgium predictions above, backing the Red Devils to get their noses in front before half-time and keep them there until the final whistle doesn’t even require the visitors to win by two goals or more.
Scotland have been behind at the interval in four of their last five outings. including both of those played on home turf during that sequence. It’s for this reason we’ve chosen Belgium winning both halves as our best betting tip.
Betting Recommendation: Scotland to score – No @ EVS
The Scots’ recent lack of goals has already been outlined above and, as if that weren’t even enough to inspire an outburst of cartoonish eye-blinking disbelief over the odds on the hosts failing to find the net, there’s the visitors’ world class defenders and goalkeeper to factor in.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany and Thibaut Courtois are all in the world class bracket and should have little trouble silencing the Tartan Army and landing another of our Scotland vs Belgium predictions of a Belgium clean sheet.
Scotland vs Belgium stats – powered by Opta:
- Since losing his first game in charge of the Belgian national side against Spain (0-2), Roberto Martinez has lost just one of his last 26 games as manager (W20 D5), a 1-0 defeat to France in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
- Scotland have lost their last two home matches; they haven’t lost three in a row since November 2000 under manager Craig Brown – a run of defeats which they ended with a 2-2 draw against Belgium in March 2001.
- Belgium’s 2-0 win over Scotland in September 2013 is their only victory in their last four visits in all competitions (D2 L1). Indeed, the Red Devils have only won two of their eight away matches against the Scots (D3 L3).