09 Sep PLZ SOCCER PUNDITS PREDICTIONS: SCOTLAND V BELGIUM
SCOTLAND 0 BELGIUM 2
I think we will get battered by Belgium whether Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard makes it or not in the starting eleven.
If we play at our best and Belgium have an off day, then Belgium will still win!
SCOTLAND 0 BELGIUM 2
Even if Eden Hazard or his brother don’t make the clash at Hampden, Belgium have a string of other world class performers lined up.
A Monday night at the national stadium doesn’t exactly inspire the nation and it could effect the turn out, which will also be affected by the result against Russia.
I can see the Belgians, who we can’t forget are ranked Number one, getting at least a couple of goals against the home side.
That’s why I think the Scots will be lucky to get out of this one with their dignity in tact and just a few goals conceded in a 2-0 defeat.
SCOTLAND 0 BELGIUM 1
I think Eden Hazard pulling out through injury is a massive boost for Scotland and that Belgium side won’t be the same without him.
The ex-Chelsea man is easily one of the top five players in the world at the moment and I think this could make the difference at Hampden.
Steve Clarke will make Scotland difficult to beat, just as he did with his Kilmarnock side against Celtic and Rangers last season. I can see a narrow win for the Belgians.
SCOTLAND 0 BELGIUM 3
Belgium are simply outstanding. They have power, pace and precision in attack, subtlety and strength in midfield and a defence that is experienced and assured.
They have genuine hopes of winning the tournament. We have fragile hopes of qualifying for the tournament.
That, in essence, is the difference. This is a damage limitation exercise
SCOTLAND O BELGIUM 2
Give the wealth of riches available to Belgium it is so difficult to see just where Scotland would and could eek out a result.
It would be nice to be shown up as talking nonsense in this regard but the portents for Scotland against a team at the top of the world rankings just do not auger well.
Steve Clarke’s remit will be in making Scotland tough to beat and hard to breakdown but, as we have seen already, it is difficult to sustain that over the course of 90 minutes.
Going into the game on the back of a positive performance on Friday night would have helped but regardless of the circumstances it is a monumental ask to get something from this one.
SCOTLAND 1 BELGIUM 2
Belgium are one of the best teams in the world and even without Eden Hazard they are irresistible going forward.
With Kevin De Bruyne they have the best midfielder in the world and he should dominate the game but Steve Clarke will expect this and I think he will adapt his plan accordingly.
A defeat but a decent performance would be accepted by the Tartan Army and I think a low scoring win for the visitors is on (a little bit optimistic).