Belgium have won their qualification group as was expected from them. They really haven’t have not faced a challenge along the way either. They took an easy win over second-placed Russia on the weekend and a win here will give them a 100% successful qualification campaign. Read our Belgium vs Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 16th, 2019 at 10:24 p.m.)
Nine wins from nine it has been for Belgium. 34 goals scored in those matches as well. They were red-hot favourites to win the group and they have done it with some aplomb. On Saturday they made a trip to Russia and took a 4-1 success there. That was just the second goal that the Belgium team have conceded in their nine qualification matches.
The Red Devils have scored at least three goals in each of their four home matches played so far. Belgium suffered just one defeat in their last sixteen games (W14 D1). This is most likely just going to be about how many goals they can put on the board. It was a 2-0 win which they took out in Cyprus in the first meeting. Romelu Lukaku is their top scorer with 7 goals in this campaign, with Eden Hazard on five.
Belgium have won all six previous meetings with Cyprus
Cyprus have yet to score a single goal against Belgium
Belgium have scored at least two goals in each of their last three against Cyprus
Belgium’s homes wins over Cyprus have been 4-0 and 5-0 successes
Cyprus are eliminated and cannot get to Euro 2020. They have earned a W3 D1 L5 record so far in this qualification campaign. On the weekend they lost 2-1 at home against Scotland but did more than enough in the game to have gotten a draw out of it. Cyprus are W2 L2 out on road in this campaign, with their only victory happening at San Marino.
Cyprus have lost four of their last seven competitive fixtures (W2 D1). They have won their last two out on the road in the group, their wins happening in back to back at San Marino and Kazkathan. That snapped a run of 10 away games without a win that they had been on (competitive and friendly)
It should be a walk in the park for Belgium, who are full of goals. Cyprus are not up to the quality to stop the Red Devils in their own backyard. Belgium may be able to push on and cover a -3.75 Asian Handicap with the firepower that they have.
18th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Belgium and Russia have both already done enough to qualify for Euro 2020. So while this is the top-billed match of the next round of action, there is nothing at stake now. After beating Russia in the first meeting handsomely, it’s unlikely that Russia will produce a big enough home win over the Red Devils to beat them in the head to head for the top spot. Read our Russia vs Belgium betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 12th, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.)
Russia holds a W7 L1 record in the group, the only defeat happening in their first encounter with Belgium. Russia lost 3-1. They have been matching Belgium for goal scoring pretty much throughout Group I. Russia are averaging over three goals per game so far and have only conceded four goals. Three of those, as mentioned, were against Belgium, so that’s six clean sheets in eight games from them.
Even if they can’t get the top spot, can they secure a good home win over Belgium? That would give them a nice moral victory if nothing else. Russia have won their last six European Championship home qualification matches not conceding a single goal in any of those fixtures. Three of their last six wins in such fixtures have been by a 1-0 scoreline. In all matches, competitive and friendly. Russia are W6 L1 in their last seven at home.
Belgium won the first group meeting 3-1
Russia are winless in six previous games against Belgium (D2 L4)
The last meeting in Russia ended in a 3-3 friendly draw in 2017
Russia are D1 L1 at home against Belgium
Belgium have just cruised through this campaign. They have barely had to break a sweat and they have scored at least two goals in each game played so far in Group I. In total they have tallied 30 goals in 8 games. Because it has been so easy from them, their defence has rarely been troubled, and the Red Devils have conceded one goal only in their eight qualification matches, that being in their home win over Russia.
Since the end of the 2018 World Cup, Belgium have posted a W13 D1 L1 record in fifteen international (competitive and friendly). They have star quality in abundance. Their top scorer in the group is Romelu Lukaku, however, it is Russia’s Artem Dzyuba who is the leading Group I goalscorer with a tally of 9. Belgium have had 13 different goal scorers in this qualification campaign, nine of which have scored at least two goals. The Red Devils have won their last six European Championship away qualifiers.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 12th, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.)
Russia couldn’t handle Belgium in the first meeting and while they get home soil advantage, and they are in good form, the away win still looks the best option. Belgium just have goals in them from all areas of the pitch and are just so difficult for opponents to get a grip on. Away win.
14th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Scotland had a bad night at the office on Friday, suffering a 2-1 loss at home against Russia. There were plenty of boos from the home fans for a really poor performance by the Scots at Hampden Park. Now comes an even tougher challenge there as Steve Clarke’s men have to try and contain Belgium who are perfect in the group so far. Read our Scotland v Belgium betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 7th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
Scotland took the lead against Russia on Friday night, John McGinn getting on the board as early as the 10th minute. So that really should have set Scotland up so well to compose themselves in a game which they really needed to win. It didn’t and they went on to produce a really sloppy performance, giving the ball away to gift Russia their goals. Scotland were just totally overrun in the second half.
So that setback at Hampden Park leaves Scotland on six points, which is six points behind second-placed Russia. That’s how deflating of a defeat it was for Scotland. It’s a lot of ground to make up and now they are going to have to find a way to get competitive against Belgium. That’s not going to be an easy thing. It is back to back defeats in the qualification group now for Scotland, the defeat against Russia coming after a 3-0 loss in Belgium in June.
The Scots have taken just the one clean sheet in their qualification campaign, which started with a shocking 3-0 loss out in Kazakhstan. They are current W3 L4 in their last seven home games (competitive and friendly), conceding at least two goals in five of those seven fixtures. Scotland’s home record in their last four European Championship home games is W1 D1 L2. Both teams have scored each of Scotland’s last five home qualifiers.
Belgium took a 3-0 win in the first group meeting
The Red Devils have won the last five meetings with Scotland to nil
Scotland’s record in the head to head with Belgium is W9 D2 L1
Scotland are W0 D2 L3 at home against Belgium
Belgium are making light work of this qualification group. Five games down, and five wins from the Red Devils. They have scored at least two goals in each of those five fixtures as well, so that could spell bad news for the Scots. In total, they are averaging exactly three goals per game in qualification Group I. Belgium have conceded just one goal. On Friday night, they eased to a 4-0 away win over minnows San Marino.
It is a four-match winning streak away from home in Europan Championship qualifiers that Belgium are currently on. They have lost just one of their last seven (which was at Wales in 2015). Last September Belgium paid a visit to Hampden Park for a friendly and produced a 4-0 win. They have three players, Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukakua and Eden Hazard as joint top scorers in this group with three each.
Another tough night could well be in store for Scotland here. There was little quality from them against Russia and Belgium are probably going to carry a lot more attacking threat than the Russians did. Russia to win to nil.
8th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Tough game coming up for Scotland as they take on Belgium. Scotland start in third place in the group, level on points with second-placed Russia, three being leaders Belgium. Steve Clarke got a win in his first game in charge on the weekend. A win in this one for the new boss would be absolutely massive. Read our Belgium v Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Red Devils have had an easy time of things at the start of Euro 2020 qualification. They have beaten Russia, Cyprus and Kazakhstan, scoring eight goals in the process. Belgium have scored at least two goals in each of their last five games now. On the weekend they played host to Kazakhstan and coasted to a 3-0 win and they will be expected to top Group I at a canter. Belgium have conceded just one goal in their three qualifiers so far. They have netted exactly three goals in both of their home games so far.
So it has all been pretty routine stuff from them. They are W7 D1 L1 in their last nine games. Their only loss there was that 5-2 defeat in Switzerland in their final Nations League group match, a result which cost them the group win. Belgium has three clean sheets in their last five games. They just have so much variety in depth and the goals just continue flow from different players. Forwards Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku were both on target on the weekend. Eden Hazard scored two of their three goals in their 3-1 home win over Russia earlier in the group.
Belgium took a 4-0 friendly win over Scotland in September last year
The Red Devils are on a four-match winning streak against Scotland
Scotland have failed to score in their last four against Belgium.
Belgium are W8 D2 L1 in the overall head to head against the Scots
Scotland gave Steve Clarke a win in his first game in charge. They left it late though, with Oliver Burke netting in the 89th minute to give Scotland a home 2-1 win over Cyprus. That was just two minutes after conceding to the visitors when it looked as if Scotland had thrown the points away. So that was a huge sigh of relief, but they are going to come under far greater pressure in this next qualifier. This starts a tough run of games for Scotland who face Belgium and Russia in their next four group fixtures
Scotland are W4 L1 in their last five games, so they have that going for them at least. It’s been a while since they played a top team though. Really since a 3-1 home defeat in a friendly against Portugal in October, they haven’t played anyone of note. So far on their travels in the group, they have lost 3-0 at Kazakhstan and have ground out a poor 2-0 win in San Marino. Overall the Scots are W2 L2 in their last four away games.
The Red Devils should pick up the victory in this. Scotland are not likely going to be able to match up to them at all. Belgium are just full of goals and the home win to nil is a strong proposition as Scotland may struggle to get much of the ball.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium start on home soil in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying. They are the favourites to get through with the group win so will they be able to ease themselves ahead of Russia early? These are the two favourites to gain an automatic qualification from the group. Scotland also go in Group I. Read our Belgium v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
Even though qualification for Euro 2020 hasn’t even started yet, Belgium are one of the front runners to lift the title next summer. It would frankly be a major upset if the Red Devils did not qualify from their group. The last time that Belgium faced up to Russia was back in 2017 when they met for a friendly and that game produced a thrilling 3-3 draw. Belgium are undefeated against Russia from their five previous meetings, the Red Devils winning three of those.
Belgium did have a bit of a slip in their Nations League campaign as they didn’t top their group. A crushing 5-2 away loss at Switzerland in the final round of matches, meant that Belgium finished second to the Swiss on head-to-head. Belgium did win two home games in the group against the Swiss and against Iceland. Actually, the away loss against Switzerland saw a six-match undefeated streak of form that Belgium were on, snapped. Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last seven fixtures.
Russia did not do too badly in the Nations League. They did bottle things a little bit in their final match as they made a trip to Sweden needing only a draw to top the group. Russia lost that game 2-0. Coupled with a friendly international defeat against Germany that is back-to-back losses which Russia have taken ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener.
Before that it though they were on a six-match undefeated streak of form (90 minutes) extending back into their brave World Cup 2018 campaign. This will be the first major qualification campaign since going for Euro 2016 when they did book an automatic qualification spot. As World Cup 2018 hosts they did have an impressive campaign before running out of steam in the quarter-finals. Russia have only scored in one of their last four games so they have gone off the boil a bit up front.
In competitive mode, Belgium should have more than enough to take down Russia in this challenge. The Russians will always be more of a threat on home soil, so looking at Belgium to win to nil appeals at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This is the A2 showdown in the Nations League and really it is advantage Belgium. The Red Devils have a three points advantage over the Swiss and only need to secure a point to guarantee top spot. Switzerland have to get a two-goal margin victory to get themselves through to the finals. But securing that against the current top-ranked side in the world isn’t going to be an easy thing.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 14th, 2018 at 11:56 p.m.)
The group victory is still there for Switzerland to have a run at. In order to win the group, they have to beat Belgium on Sunday. But it’s not that simple. They need either a 1-0 or a 2-1 victory to pull off the group win because of the head to head. Or they can simply win by a two-goal margin and that will do the job for them. Of course, beating Belgium is not an easy thing to pull off and the Swiss suffered a 2-1 reverse in Belgium earlier in the group. In their other group action, they took back to back wins over Iceland. Switzerland have scored nine goals in their three group games. Switzerland can’t be relegated so having nothing to lose. Over 2.5 goals is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).
The Swiss have picked up a record of W2 L4 in their last six games, surprisingly losing 1-0 against Qatar in a friendly on Wednesday. That leaves them with only the one clean sheet in their last five games, a 6-0 nations League home win over Iceland. Both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Since the March international break, Switzerland have scored in all but two of their fixtures and Haris Seferovic has scored in two of their three Nations League games. Can they throw enough at the visiting Red Devils to pull off what would be a shock win and move through to the semi-finals next year?
The two previous meetings have both ended in a 2-1 win for Belgium
The first was a 2016 friendly
The second was the Nations League encounter in early October
Belgium produced a comfortable home win over Iceland on Thursday night to make it three wins from three from them in their Nations League group. Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku sat out the game because of injury and he looks to be a doubt for this one as well. Lukaku scored four goals in Belgium’s first two Nations League games. Michy Batshuayi scored a brace to beat Iceland in midweek and is at 13/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Belgium are W4 D1 in their last five games and in that run of fixtures have produced at least two goals.
A Belgium 2-1 correct score is at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). There is a trend there as the two previous meetings between them have both gone to Belgium by a 2-1 scoreline. Since a loss against Spain in September 2016, Belgium have suffered just the one defeat, which was against France in the World Cup semi-finals this summer. They have scored seven unanswered goals in their last two away games. They have come up with seven goals in their three nations League matches, conceding just one. Belgium to win & both teams to score is at 7/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). They won’t be at full strength but will still be so hard to beat.
Switzerland have nothing to lose which is always a nice situation to be in. However, we cannot see them having enough to get the win that they need. Belgium are just so composed and so talented that we can only predict that the Red Devils are going to shut the door in the face of the Swiss by beating them. Away win.
17th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium can leave themselves three points clear of Switzerland in A2 of the Nations League with three points at home against Iceland on Thursday. Belgium’s final game is against Switzerland and that will be a showdown for the promotion spot on November 18th. As for Iceland, they already know that they are going to be playing down in League 2 next time around as they have already been relegated with no points after three games. Read our Belgium v Iceland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 15th, 2018 at 8.34 p.m.)
The Red Devils have collected a W3 D1 record in their last four games played. They were on a three-match winning streak before they were held to a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in their most recent fixture. Still, they are W4 D1 in their five games since losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final against France and that’s enviable form really. They have such tremendous scoring power and they have come up with at least two goals in all but one of their last five games. In each of their two previous games against Iceland, Belgium have scored exactly three goals. A Belgium 3-0 correct score option is at 11/2 with only the 2-0 result for them shorter at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm).
Romelu Lukaku has scored exactly two goals in each of his last two Nations League games. He was back in action for Manchester United on the weekend after injury problems. In three of their last five games, Belgium have managed to pick up a clean sheet and Belgium to win to nil is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm). Whatever the result in this one happens to be (in the unlikely event that Belgium don’t win) they would only need a point against Switzerland in their final game to win the group.
Belgium have faced Iceland twice before
Belgium won 3-1 at home in a 2014 friendly
Belgium won 3-0 away in the Nations League back in September
It has been a rough time for Iceland who have yet to pick up a single point their Nations League campaign. From their three games played so far, they have managed to produce just the one goal while they have conceded eleven. Needless to say, heading into their final match of the group, they have already been relegated which may give them a bit of a chance to regroup.
Things have certainly gone off the boil for them as they are without a win in their last eleven games, losing eight of those (D3). At least there has been the positive of them having scored in seven of their last ten fixtures (competitive and friendly). Still, this is such a tough away game for them, both teams NOT to score in this fixture is at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm).
In their last seven away games Iceland have produced a W2 D2 L3 record while each to their last five games have managed to get up and above the 2.5 goal line. Over 2.5 goals is 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 8:55 pm). They have nothing left to play for, they are out of form, have had selection problems aplenty, they are facing one of the best sides in the world and will probably be glad just to see the calendar year out.
It would be a shock if Belgium were to not win this game. They have been in such terrific form for such a long time now and they have incentive here as well, to give themselves a cushion before facing Switzerland. Belgium to win to nil has to fit the bill.
12th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This is one of the highlight fixtures of the midweek international friendly list. Belgium continued their march towards their Nations League group win over the weekend and now take on the Netherlands, who just posted a big 3-0 win over rivals Germany in competitive action. Read our Belgium v Netherlands betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 14th, 2018 at 5:28 p.m.)
Belgium collected a 2-1 home success over Switzerland on Friday as they left themselves in a good position to win their Nations League group. Belgium are in such as strong run of form at the moment and have strung together a four-match winning streak heading into this fixture. They have won eleven of their last twelve games (L1) and look so strong.
Even though they probably won’t be at full strength for this one, they are still reliable enough to bank on for goals. Belgium have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven and so over 2.5 goals is at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 9:53 pm). Belgium are W7 D2 in their last nine home fixtures. They are on a six-match scoring streak against the Dutch.
The Netherlands produced one of the big highlights of the weekends’ nations League action as they posted a 3-0 home win over Germany. That was such an important response that they produced after having lost against France in the group. The Netherlands are now W2 L1 in their last three games and that is W3 D2 L2 in their last seven played. It has been a difficult few years for the Oranje in missing major tournaments, but under Ronald Koeman, there are signs of better things.
They are W4 L1 in their last five home games (competitive and friendly) which is pretty good. The Netherlands have netted in each of their last six and have only failed to score in one of their last thirteen games. So both teams to score is well worth a punt at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 9:53 pm). Avoiding defeat would be another great step forward for them.
The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw the last time these two met which was a 2016 friendly. Belgium are undefeated in their last seven games against the Dutch but have come up with just the two wins and five drawn matches in that sequence. Both teams have scored in all but one of the last six meetings.
Belgium just have that extra class in their ranks at the moment and have more match-winners to call on. Most of the joy that the Netherlands have had recently had been on home soil as well. Home win.
15th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium got themselves an expected opening win against Iceland in their Nations League campaign and they will now take full control of the group if they can follow up with three points against the Swiss on Friday. Switzerland are in the same boat though having also beaten Iceland. A draw would keep them top of the pile on goal difference having gotten their toughest road game out of the way. Read our Belgium v Switzerland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.)
Belgium scored seven unanswered goals in the last international break, thumping Scotland 4-0 in a friendly before taking a 3-0 success over Iceland in the Nations League. Since the end of August last year, Belgium have suffered only the one defeat, which was in the World cup 2018 semi-final against France.
They have won 16 of their last 19 games (W2 L1) in a tremendous run of form. They are on a run of three clean sheets, but Switzerland pose a threat and both teams to score is worth a flutter at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.).
Eden Hazard has been in tremendous form for Chelsea this season in front of goal and he is at 5/4 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.). Romelu Lukaku is the outright odds-on favourite.
The only previous time that Belgium and Switzerland met was in a friendly back in May 2016 and Belgium came out on top in a 2-1 success thanks to a late winner from Kevin de Bruyne. This really does look like it could be a good open game with control of the group up for grabs.
There is nothing wrong with Switzerland’s form really. They hammered Iceland 6-0 in their opening Nations League fixture. They followed that up in the last international break with a 1-0 loss against England in a friendly, changing up their starting eleven from the previous game.
The loss against the Three Lions leaves Switzerland with only the two defeats in their last dozen games which is pretty good really (W6 D4) so have been shaping up well. They have scored at least two goals in three of their last five as well They have only failed to score in two of their last ten as well.
So that option of backing both teams to score does look good and the option of over 2.5 goals for this fixture is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.). It was six different players who got their goals against Iceland and their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market is Xherdan Shaqiri. He has that ability to pull something special out of the bag for them. Switzerland are W3 D1 L2 in their last six away games (competitive and friendly).
Belgium are just such a good side that they can expose the Swiss defence. There’s really nothing much wrong with Switzerland’s form, but they are just up against one of the best sides in the world. Home win but look at both teams to score.
9th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Belgium, who are one of the front-runners to win the Nations League, kick off their group stage campaign with a road to trip to Iceland. The Red Devils had a great warm up in hammering Scotland in a friendly. As for Iceland, they suffered a massive defeat against Switzerland on the weekend in their opening Nations League match. Read our Iceland v Belgium betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.)
Iceland suffered an absolute hammering at the hands of Switzerland over the weekend, going down 6-0. That was a brutal result, but they have a new head coach in place and were missing some key first-team players for the match. There’s no reason to expect them to be much stronger for this one and both teams not to score is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.) and a reasonable option given what we saw from them on the weekend.
Iceland are well out of form at the moment and have gone D2 L6 in their last eight games. So maybe all of the shine has gone off having raised their standards so much over the last couple of years. Their defence seems to be really creaking now and they have shipped at least two goals in seven of their last nine games. It may be worth looking over 2.5 goals at Paddy Power for 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).
Belgium were rampant against Scotland in producing a 4-0 success over the Scots at Hampden Park. Belgium are in fine form at the moment after their great run at the 2018 World Cup and they have lost just the one game since early September 2016, which was their World Cup semi-final tussle with France. So it is pretty unlikely that they are going to suffer a shock out on the road in this competitive Nations League fixture. Romelu Lukaku is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).
Belgium have plenty of scoring power in them and they have scored at least two goals in nine of their last twelve games. As we are not expecting much of a threat coming from Iceland in his game then that leads us to a reasonable correct score option of Belgium 3-0 for 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.). The Belgians did put three goals past Iceland in their only previous meeting and they will be relishing this game after seeing what Switzerland did to Iceland over the weekend.
The only previous meeting between Iceland and Belgium was an international friendly back in 2014. Belgium were comprehensive winners there, banking a 3-1 win with Romelu Lukaku getting on the scoresheet.
This should be an easy win for Belgium. They looked really good at the moment and Iceland, who are in a bit of a transition and not at full strength are likely to suffer again. Belgium to win to nil leads our Iceland v Belgium predictions.
10th September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting