Scotland v Belgium Preview

September 4, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit Required International World Cup Qualification action on Friday Night comes from Hampden Park in Glasgow and features Scotland playing host to group leaders Belgium.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Scotland v Belgium Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Friday 6th September 2013

A disappointing qualification performance for manager Gordon Strachan and his side as having only managed just one victory in the group so far from seven games played, Scotland can no longer qualify for the 2014 World Cup Finals next summer in Brazil.

However, their recent performance against arch rivals England in a recent friendly will have certainly restored confidence amongst the players as despite losing the game, they played exceptionally well and thoroughly deserved at least something from the game and if Gordon Strachan can get his players up for this game like he did that one, then Belgium could be in for a very difficult game on Friday night.

Belgium have secured they will at the very least be involved in a play-off having already accumulated an impressive 19pts from their seven games played and if they did manage to win this game then they would only need a point from their remaining two matches to guarantee their place on the plane to Brazil next summer for the Finals.

Scotland v Belgium Team News

Scotland Team News:

George Boyd, Graham Dorrans and James Morrison are all unavailable for manager Gordon Strachan as they receive treatment for respective injuries and goal keeper Allan McGregor is suspended which means David Marshall will get a chance to impress between the sticks.

Belgium Team News:

Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are both unavailable for the visitors as both players continue to receive treatment for respective injuries that have so far kept them out of the start of the new Premiership season for their clubs. Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen is available though and will be handed a place in the starting lineup along with PSV Eindhoven midfielder Zakaria Bakkali.

Scotland v Belgium Head to Head Statistics

16/10/12 WQE Belgium – Scotland
2 : 0
05/09/01 WQE Belgium – Scotland
2 : 0
24/03/01 WQE Scotland – Belgium
2 : 2
14/10/87 ECQ Scotland – Belgium 2 : 0
01/04/87 ECQ Belgium – Scotland 4 : 1

Who Has The Advantage?

Friday night’s game from Hampden Park in Glasgow will become the 12th meeting between the two nations over the years with Belgium having won seven times, Scotland having won twice and the remaining two games having finished all square.

Recent meetings show Belgium with a clear advantage having won three of the last five matches played. Scotland have managed just one victory during these games with the remaining game having finished all tied at 2-2.

Average Goals Per Game?

32 goals have graced the nets in the previous 11 games played before which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.90 which indicates this game on friday night could see a couple of goals scored.

Scotland v Belgium Recent Form

Scotland: W L L W L

Belgium: W W W W D

Belgium completely dominate the recent form statistics having won four of their previous five matches played and remaining unbeaten. Scotland have only managed two victories during their last five games played, losing the other three.

Scotland v Belgium Match Betting Odds Market.

Scotland are not given much chance of causing an upset in this game with the online bookmakers despite having home advantage as their current best price of 4/1 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets, No Deposit Required for New Customers) suggests.

The Draw has only happened twice before when these two nations have met over the years, but with Scotland having shown plenty of character in their recent friendly match against England, I can see manager Gordon Strachan being happy to settle for a draw against the current group leaders and at odds of 13/5 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) I can see a few shrewd punters having a nibble.

Belgium are definitely the side in better form heading into this game having won their last two games on the bounce and with players like Ibrahimovic leading the attack up front they will pose a real threat to the Irish defense on Friday night and odds of 8/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) also looks decent value here.

Scotland v Belgium Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Many punters will be on Belgium to continue their excellent form and win this game come Friday night in Glasgow, but having seen the performance Scotland gave against England in a recent friendly, I think Scotland could possibly get something from this game and with a packed out Hampden Park Stadium which is always a very difficult place for any side to go, Gordon Strachan’s side could be the value play here.

Belgium have pretty much secured their place at the World Cup Finals in Brazil next year and will probably be happy enough to return home with a point and this could become their un-doing in my opinion as if Scotland do turn up and show the fight and determination they put in against England then I can see Belgium getting a bit of a wake up call on Friday night.

The goal statistics suggest we should see at least a couple of goals scored in this one and this does look the sensible option here when looking for some value as I do expect both teams to get on the score-sheet during this game and the match possibly seeing a few goals go in on the night.

The Verdict

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