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Scotland vs Belgium: Rough night in store for McLeish's men

Scotland vs Belgium Match Preview and Predictions

Scotland take on Belgium in an international friendly on Friday night in preparation for Monday's Nations League opener against Albania.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Friday 7th September

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Hampden Park

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson will captain the side for the first time after Scott Brown stood down from the role in February

Belgium are playing their first match since beating England 2-0 to seal third place at the World Cup and are using the game as a warm-up for Tuesday's Nations League clash in Iceland.

Scotland vs Belgium Betting Tips

Here are our three best bets for Friday's friendly:

The lowdown

Alex McLeish starts his fifth match as Scotland coach looking to improve on a record of three defeats in four and just one goal scored which came in a 1-0 win against Hungary.

Defeats to Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico suggest that Scotland will struggle against a team now ranked second in the world behind France.

Feature match previews

If you're interested in tips on this weekend's internationals, check out more in-depth previews below:

Roberto Martinez has named a strong Belgium squad as expected, while McLeish has lost a couple of players through injury, so the first of our Scotland vs Belgium predictions is for Scotland not to score at 9/10.

The Scots have failed to find the net in four of their last five games and against one of the best sides in the world, we expect that run to continue.

First goalscorer

Eden Hazard made a slow start in the Premier League following his World Cup exploits but he is starting to pick up a head of steam and is the next of our Scotland vs Belgium betting tips to open the scoring at 9/2.

Hazard has found the net in his last two games for Chelsea and broke the deadlock at Newcastle.

Anytime goalscorer

With so many of Belgium's players at around 3/1 or lower, it might be worth taking a chance on Jan Vertonghen.

The defender broke the deadlock against Newcastle on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and scored Belgium's first goal against Japan at the World Cup, so 11/1 in the anytime market looks good value.

Where the game will be won and lost

Belgium were the most prolific team at the World Cup with 16 goals and they are expected to be on the front foot at Hampden Park.

The Red Devils have a wealth of attacking talent in their squad and despite the absence of injured midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, they should be too strong on Friday night so the next of our free football tips is for Belgium to be leading at half-time and full-time at 13/10.

Martinez's side were ahead at the break and full-time in three of their seven World Cup matches, including the wins against Brazil and England.

Finally, we're going for Belgium to win 2-0 at 11/2 which has been the outcome in the last three meetings between the teams.

Team news

McLeish is without Matt Phillips, Tom Cairney, Jack Hendry and Oli McBurnie, so Steven Naismith, Ryan Jack and Robert Snodgrass have been drafted in.

Belgium are missing De Bruyne and Adnan Januzaj are out injured. Atalanta's Timothy Castagne, Club Brugge's Hans Vanaken, Gent midfielder Birger Verstraete and Genk forward Leandro Trossard have been called up

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football