Scotland face one of the toughest tests in international football when they take on Belgium on Monday night
Time: 20:45 CET
Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Scotland Team News
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Fitness issues with Matt Ritchie, Kieran Tierney, and Scott McKenna meant that Steve Clark missed out on a few superstars for this international break. Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson will be a prominent presence in Scotland’s back-four.
However, John McGinn has impressed in central midfield after opening the scoring in Scotland’s match against Russia. He is set to feature alongside Callum McGregor and Scott McTominay.
Ryan Fraser, Oliver McBurnie, and Robert Snodgrass(in place of James Forrest) could form the Tartan Army’s attack against Belgium. Steve Clark has no absentees from Russia game.
Scotland predicted line-up: Marshall; O’Donnell, Cooper, Mulgrew, Robertson; McGregor, McTominay, Christie; Forrest, Fraser, McBurnie.
Belgium Team News
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Belgium travel to face Scotland on Monday in the hope that they can extend their advantage at the top of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group I.
Against San Marino, Roberto Martinez chalked out a comparatively weaker attack with Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens starting the game on the bench. With Eden Hazard absent from the national squad due to muscle injury, Liverpool’s Divock Origi is set to retain his spot for a trip to Hampden Park. Adnan Januzaj could lose his place to Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
Midfield will remain same with Kevin De Bruyne shouldering creative responsibilities. The defence could see Jason Denayer, Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen start for the second successive game.
With Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel, and Vincent Kompany not making the Red Devils squad due to injuries, there are no additional suspension or injury headaches for coach Roberto Martinez.
Belgium predicted lineup: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vermaelen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Dendoncker, Tielemans, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku.
- Scotland have beaten Belgium just twice in 14 competitive matches between the two teams
- 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
Belgium will be far more relaxed about their chances considering they have a recent win over this opponent. The Scots should be wary of the Belgian threat on the counter – the pace of Mertens, Lukaku, and Ferreira-Carrasco can be devastating.
Prediction: Scotland 0 – 3 Belgium
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