Match: Scotland vs Belgium
Competition: Euro 2020 qualifier
Date: Monday September 9, 2019
Kick-off time: 9:45 EAT
Stadium: Hampden Park
Scotland are facing the toughest test in international football as they take on Belgium on Monday night. Roberto Martinez’s side made the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, losing to champions France, and have cemented themselves as the number one side in FIFA’s rankings.
Kieran Tierney has not played for his country since last October, Matt Ritchie and Scott McKenna will also miss out after picking up injuries at their respective clubs. Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson is back in action after missing the reverse fixture against Belgium in June with a hamstring problem.
Roberto Martinez will have to cope with a number of high-profile absences from his squad for this game. Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan, have both been ruled out, while Vincent Kompany and Axel Witsel also missed out on selection due to fitness issues.
|Scotland||Marshall; O’Donnell, Cooper, Mulgrew, Robertson; McGregor, McTominay, Christie; Forrest, Fraser, McBurnie.|
|Belgium||Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vermaelen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Dendoncker, Tielemans, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku.|
Scotland have beaten Belgium just twice in the 14 competitive matches between the two teams. The last of those victories came back in 1987, meaning that Scotland will be aiming to bring to an end a 32 year wait for a win against Belgium.
Belgium have won the last four competitive meetings, with the latest of those coming as recently as June. Romelu Lukaku scored twice, with Kevin De Bruyne adding a late third to round off a comfortable 3-0 win.
Scotland lost 3-0 to Kazakhstan, and their hopes of reaching the finals next year were dealt a blow on Friday when they lost 2-1 at home to Russia.
Belgium have won all of their group games to date and have only conceded once in the group, and picked up a resounding 4-0 win against European minnows San Marino on Friday.
Belgium is missing some key players and Scotland are hopeful to pull off a shock result after Friday’s dreadful showing against Russia.
Belgium could also be planning on maintaining their perfect start to qualifying in the process.
Brave Scots will resist excellent Belgians?🧱
️️️Our prediction: 0:1 🇧🇪
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