Despite taking an early lead at Hampden Park on Friday, Scotland could only slump to a 2-1 defeat against Russia and have seen their EURO 2020 hopes all but in tatters.
Now suffering back-to-back defeat against Russia and Belgium in their last two Group I appearances, Monday’s hosts now sit six points adrift of securing a top-two finish come November.
While the mood in Scotland’s camp might be at a low, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has seen his side continue to shine during qualifying and are unsurprisingly a huge favourite to land top spot.
Putting four past San Marino last time out, the Red Devils have won each of their opening five Group I outings and are the only side to boast a 100% start.
You will be interested to know Belgium have won each of their previous five meetings against the Tartan Army and have recorded clean sheets in all of those victories. A similar result can be found at 5/4 with SkyBet.
Scotland crumble at a crucial stage
Although many had tipped Russia’s trip to Glasgow as a must-win on Friday night, Head Coach Steve Clarke could only see his side suffer a 2-1 defeat and appear to have once again missed out on a spot at a major tournament.
Dropping behind Kazakhstan in the Group I standings and now sat six points adrift of Russia entering the business end of the campaign, Scotland are currently priced as high as 14/1 with Bet365 to secure a surprise top-two finish.
A huge part of the hosts continued issues has been down to some glaring defensive struggles, shipping five in their last two, including a 3-0 hammering against Belgium back in March, only Group I whipping boys San Marino hold a worse record.
Elsewhere, still unable to call upon Norwich defender Grant Hanley, Leeds skipper Liam Cooper is expected to once again partner Charlie Mulgrew at the heart of Scotland’s defence after making his debut against Russia on Friday.
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Belgium’s stars continue to shine
Putting four past San Marino over the weekend, Head Coach Roberto Martinez has seen his side continue to build off of their Bronze medal finish out in Russia 15 months ago.
Only one of five nations to secure a 100% run during qualifying, the Red Devils already hold a three-point buffer at the top of Group I and are already pencilled in at 1/12 with Bet365 to clinch top spot come November.
One man to watch on Monday could be Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi.
Deputizing for Romelu Lukaku at the point off Belgium’s attack, the 25-year-old bagged a brace against San Marino over the weekend and can be found at 7/5 with Betfair to extend that run in Glasgow.
While the likes of Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne might spearhead Belgium’s glittering squad, the former Wigan boss will be unable to call upon a handful of his biggest names.
Latest Real Madrid galactico Eden Hazard has had to withdraw from the Red Devils’ squad and will join his brother and Borussia Dortmund winger Thorgan on the sidelines.