iBet: Belgian Quality May Be Too Much For Spirited Scotland
World Cup Qualifier, Group A
Scotland v Belgium, kick off 8pm, Sky Sports 3
Back Belgium at 4/5 with Betfair
Despite being out of the qualification picture, Scotland have reacted in fine style to the appointment of Gordon Strachan as manager, picking up a fantastic win in Croatia and losing somewhat unluckily by the odd goal in a friendly against England. However, on a night when value looks quite hard to find in the international fixtures, I think they should be longer than 4/1 to beat Belgium and it could be worth backing against them.
Home advantage for the Scots should of course not be underestimated, but neither should this fine Belgium side that is packed with Premier League quality – think Benteke, Mignolet, Vertonghen, Fellaini, Hazard, Lukaku. Belgium are certain to qualify for the World Cup and are real dark horses for the tournament – indeed I have backed them at 25/1 (now 20/1).
They are cruising through Group A, having won six of their seven fixtures, including away wins in Serbia, Wales and Macedonia. In each of their away victories they have kept clean sheets, and indeed they have only shipped twice in their seven games so far in this group. You can lay Scotland at 4.5 to one with Betfair for tonight’s televised game, but Belgium have enough class to win the game and I will be backing them at 4/5 with the same firm.
I can’t see much value in England’s game but the Ireland V Sweden tie has the potential to be low scoring. With the teams level in Group C and both in with a serious shout of qualifying, it’s likely to be a cagey affair and it should not be forgotten that the reverse fixture finished 0-0. The draw at 17/10 with BetVictor is one way to go, or consider laying over 3.5 goals at 3.3 to one with Betfair.
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