Table-toppers Belgium will travel to Hampden Park to face Scotland in the UEFA EURO qualifiers on Monday.
After five games of the qualifying campaign, Belgium have a perfect record. They have won all three, scoring 15 goals in the process. In that time they have conceded just one goal themselves. Denis Cheryshev scored that goal in the first game for Russia, but Eden Hazard scored a brace to hand his side a 3-1 win. Hazard was on the score-sheet in the next game as well when Belgium beat Cyprus 2-0. His teammates have carried the goal-scoring burden as well.
Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi have both scored thrice in the campaign so far. Belgium’s last game was against San Marino when they won 4-0. Batshuayi scored twice then, while Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli added the other goals. Hazard did not feature against San Marino as he is recovering from an injury. Roberto Martinez gave starts to Divock Origi and Adnan Janujaz in the attack. Romelu Lukaku was on the bench, but he did not make an appearance.
Martinez has persisted with the 3-4-3 system that has served Belgium so well recently. Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Meunier have retained their places at wing-back for Belgium. The Red Devils finished third at the FIFA World Cup in 2018 with the same core of players. The same squad will make the charge for EURO 2020, and qualification seems like a certainty now. Belgium are eight points of clear of Kazakhstan in third place going into the sixth round of fixtures.
As for Scotland, their qualification hopes are far from secure. After five games they are fourth in the group. Only the top two qualify for the tournament, and they are six points below Russia who are in second place. With just five games to go, they need to pick up points fast to bridge that gap. Scotland have picked up just two wins so far.Embed from Getty Images
Their first game was against Kazakhstan which they lost 3-0. Scotland got their first win when they beat San Marino 2-0. Those three points were followed by another win, a 2-1 result against Cyprus. However, their last two games have ended in defeat. Belgium and Russia have beaten them, which leaves them in a bad place. Scotland took the lead against Russia last week through John McGinn, but could not hold on for the three points.
Scotland have a good record at home in the qualifiers as their last five games have produced over 2.5 goals. Despite scoring many, they have failed to pick up many results. Their previous meeting against Belgium ended in a 3-0 defeat.
Scotland vs Belgium Prediction
Belgium will be the favorites to pick up another win when they visit Hampden Park. Their talent should be too much for Scotland, even though the home side will put up a fair fight. The total goals should be over 2.5 in the game and both sides should score.