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Belgium v Scotland: In-form hosts to power past lacklustre visitors

| 16.10.2012

Belgium welcome Scotland to the Stade Roi Baudouin and appear certainties at 4/11 to overcome their visitors.

Marc Wilmots’ side have been in terrific recent form, with a 3-0 win in Serbia the latest in a sequence of undefeated World Cup qualifiers.

In contrast, travelling Scotland have yet to win a qualifying match, having followed up draws at home to Serbia and Macedonia with defeat away to Wales.

The 8/1 price regarding Scottish success here suggests that they will have to wait longer for their maiden victory in this qualifying campaign.

And even a draw looks unlikely for Craig Levein’s men, even though a stalemate may be enough to save the under-fire manager’s job.

Those feeling Scotland can take a point can back the draw at 7/2.

But a dominant home display looks the most likely emanating scenario here, and with Belgium conceding just once in their last three matches, they look good for a clean sheet at 4/5.

Even more tempting are the 11/10 odds regarding a Belgian triumph in which they don’t concede, an outcome that has resulted in two of their three qualifiers so far.

Belgium have been free-scoring of late also, notching ten times in their last five international matches leading up to this game.

Scotland have conceded on nine occasions in the same amount of fixtures, and thus betting on the amount of times Belgium score in the game could prove profitable.

At 6/5, two or three home goals looks a tempting proposition, whilst braver punters could take an interest in the 7/2 about four or more Belgian strikes.

In handicap markets meanwhile, Belgium appeal at 1/1 to victor giving up a goal start, and the 3/1 about the home side defying a two-goal disadvantage should also see support.

A number of Premier League stars will be on show for the hosts, and these players largely dominate the first scorer betting, with Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke 4/1 favourite.

Everton’s Kevin Mirallas is a 9/2 hope, with Chelsea magician Eden Hazard a lengthy 6/1.

Tottenham pair Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen are 8/1 and 20/1 respectively, whilst Arsenal central defender Thomas Vermaelen, always a threat from set-pieces, is big at 25/1 for the opener.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee