Given that they succumbed to a penalty and a Gareth Bale wonder strike shortly after having what seemed like a perfectly good goal ruled out, Scotland can count themselves unlucky to have emerged empty-handed from Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Wales but Craig Levein’s charges can’t afford to dwell of their misfortune as they face a make or break trip to face a talented Belgium side.
The hosts’ line-up is peppered with Premier League stars, from Manchester City’s skipper Vincent Kompany to Chelsea’s £30 million man Eden Hazard and although influential Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is an absentee with a knee injury, Marc Wilmots’ men are strong favourites at 4/11 with Betfred.
A vital victory for Levein’s troops is as high as 10/1 via BetVictor and Skybet post 4/1 against a stalemate in Brussels, where BetVictor make the Scots 12/1 to keep the Belgian attack at bay to ensure it finishes goalless.
Belgium however, come into the clash on the back of an impressive 3-0 triumph in Serbia and with so much talent in their line-up, they’re hard to oppose, especially in front of their own supporters in the King Baudouin Stadium.
Wilmots’ side has conceded just once in their three Group A matches to date so Scotland won’t find it easy to get on the scoresheet. A victory ‘to nil’ for the home side then, at 11/10 via Ladbrokes, isn’t out of the question and more specifically, William Hill price Belgium at 11/2 to notch twice without reply, just as they did against the Welsh back in September.
Meanwhile, Wales’ victory over Scotland has given Chris Coleman’s men renewed hope of qualification but defeat in Croatia will quickly put paid to their dreams of getting to Brazil and the hosts are bankers at 1/3 (Ladbrokes) in Osijek.