Scotland at Belgium
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 11, 2019, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
Stade Roi Baudouin
Belgium -700, Scotland +1800, Over 2.5 (-200), Under 2.5 (+150)
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Belgium is welcoming Scotland in round 4 of Euro Cup Qualifications.
Belgium is playing in great form and has lost only 1 of their last 10 matches and has scored 8 goals in their last 3 games while conceding only 1 goal. In their last game against Kazakhstan, Belgium was superb with 69% of ball possession, 12 shots on goal, 13 corner kicks, 7 big chances created and high 92% of correct passes. Belgium has won this match 3-0 with goals from Mertens, Castagne, and Lukaku. Belgium is probably the team that is playing the best soccer in Europe at the moment. High pace soccer with a lot of short and fast passes and high pressure when not in the possession of the ball which makes them extremely dangerous. Morale and confidence in Belgium’s team are on a really high level and their best player Eden Hazard has signed a deal with Real Madrid and now he can fully commit to Belgium and to the rest of this international break. Belgium is on the top of FIFA standings and if they keep playing the way they do, Belgium will stay on the top for a long time. There are no injuries in Belgium’s squad and coach Martinez is not expected to make any changes because everything worked great in their last match.
Scotland has lost only 1 of their last 5 games and is currently on third place in Group I of Euro Cup qualifications, behind Belgium and Russia. In their last game against Cyprus, Scotland was a much better team with 53% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks and 86% of correct passes. After Andrew Robertson scored a leading goal in the 61st minute, Scotland’s focus dropped and Cyprus was able to tie the game in the 87th minute. After that goal, Scotland showed determination and was able to score another goal in the 90th minute and win important 3 points in the fight for Euro Cup next year. Scotland is a solid team with some great players from EPL like Robertson and Fraser and is getting better with every game. Steve Clarke was signed as a head coach just a month ago and the progress is already visible comparing to the previous games. Scotland’s chemistry and morale are higher and players are happy with Clarke’s work. In this Group I, Belgium will probably win the top spot while Scotland and Russia will compete for second place that is leading to the Euro Cup.
Belgium has won all three of the most recent matches against Scotland without conceding a single goal. Both Belgium and Scotland are playing in great form but the quality is on Belgium’s side, by far. Belgium hasn’t lost any of their last 17 home games and I expect the same thing to happen in this game as well.