Scotland vs. Belgium - 9/9/19 European Championship - Qualification - Group I Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Belgium at Scotland

Monday, September 9, 2019 at 1:45 PM (Hampden Park )

Belgium: -1.50 (+115.00) / Scotland: 1.50 (-149.25) Click Here for the Latest Odds

Scotland is hosting Belgium in round 6 of Group I Euro Cup Qualifications.

Scotland has been struggling as of late and is in 4th place in the standings in this Group I. With 9 conceded goals Scotland is the second-worst team in this group just in front San Marino who conceded 24 goals in 5 matches. In their last game against Russia at home, Scotland had 46% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks and 78% of correct passes. Scotland was leading 1-0 after 10th minute but completely disappeared after that and at the end lost 1-2 which was a huge blow to their Qualifications expectations. Liverpool's Andrew Robertson and Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser are to best players on this Scotland's team with an average score of 7.27 and 7.63. Scotland has conceded 9 goals in their last 6 matches and the lack of consistency and focus on the defensive end is their biggest problem. Steve Clarke has become Scotland's head coach in May of this year and has won 1 game and lost 2 since then. Clarke is a solid coach who can make something of this team with time, but Scotland's problem is lack of quality in the defense and the attacking part of the team. I don't see Scotland qualifying to Euro Cup next year because they are 6 points away from second place, and I think that players, coaches and the whole country are realizing that. 

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Belgium is ranked and number 1 team in FIFA standings and the team that is playing some of the best soccer in the world, if not the best. Solid and compact on the defensive end with Alderweireld, Denayer, and Vertonghen, fast and strong in the midfield with De Bruyne and Witsel, and precise and focused on the attack with Hazard brothers, Lukaku, and Mertens. In their last game against San Marino, Belgium was dominant as expected with 82% of ball possession, 11 shots on goal, 12 corner kicks, and 89% of correct passes and with goals from Batshuayi, Mertens, Chadli Belgium has won 0-4. The result could have been a lot worse for San Marino if Belgians had more focus ad scored a few more of those chances they created. Belgium is first in this Group I with 15 points, 15 scored goals and only 1 conceded a goal. Even though Belgium's only competition in these qualifications is Russia, conceding only 1 goal in 5 matches is a fantastic success that will give Belgians a big confidence boost. Fast, short and precise passes, quick decision making on the defensive end and a killer goal scoring instinct in the offense is what makes this Belgium team the main favorite to win Euro Cup after they ended up third in last years World Cup. The main reason for this Belgium's rebirth is their coach Roberto Martinez who brought that Spanish calmness and winning mentality since he became coach back in 2016. In my opinion, Belgium is the best team in the world right now and the top favorite to win the Euro Cup next year. 

Belgium and Scotland played in June of this year and Belgium has won 3-0 at home. Some would say that this time will be different because Scotland is playing at home, but I don't see it. Belgium is a much better team and will stay further away from Russia with another nice win here.

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Goran’s Pick Belgium: -1.50 (+115.00)

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