Belgium have had a brilliant start to the qualifying campaign and they will want to continue that against their opponents. The Red Devils will be motivated to land silverware this time around, after their third-place finish at the World Cup.
Scotland claimed a 2-1 victory over Cyprus in Clarke’s first game in charge that has allowed them back into the fight for a top two finish in this group. The question that begs is can their qualification hopes survive tonight’s clash with Belgium?
Belgium have won all but one of their last seven home fixtures in all competitions. They also have a better squad by all standards and backing a 0:1 Handicap Home Win promises value at odds of 1.40.
Over 2.5 Goals have landed in all but one of Scotland’s last five outings and the same has happened in three of Belgium’s last five games as well. There is good value in backing Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.42.
Belgium have a high scoring home record, but their defence is not unbreakable. With Scotland in good form going forward there is a good chance that they might get something out of this match. Backing Both Teams to Score looks good here at odds of 2.35.
The Red Devils are without Dedryck Boyata and Mousa Dembele ahead of this clash. Young defender Brandon Mechele could win his first cap in place of Boyata. The rest of the squad looks good and available for selection.
Steve Clarke is unlikely to make major changes ahead of this clash. Eamonn Brophy started up front against Cyprus but substitute Oliver Burke scored the winner in that game and could come into the starting line-up.
Possible line ups
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Castagne, De Bryune, Witsel, T.Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard.
Scotland: Marshall, O’Donnell, Mulgrew, McKenna, Robertson, McGinn, McLean, McGregor, Forrest, Brophy, Fraser.