Scotland-Belgium Betting Preview: Expect Strachan's men to draw a blank after Miller's retirement

The Tartan Army have shown signs of improvement recently, but our tipster expects the loss of their most reliable goalscorer to see them struggle
Scotland will be looking to build on their shock 1-0 away win over Croatia in their last World Cup qualifier when they welcome Belgium to Hampden Park on Friday.

Gordon Strachan’s men have no chance of making it to Brazil after picking up just five points from seven matches and are 4/1 (5.00) outsiders with William Hill to claim another impressive scalp against the Group A leaders.

The Red Devils are currently unbeaten in qualifying and are available at 3/4 (1.75) to pick up their seventh win in eight matches in this one.

The Tartan Army have been hampered by two draws and no wins in their three home qualifiers and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them settling for a point against their high-flying opponents.

Although unable to rescue the side’s already faltering qualification campaign since taking over in January, Strachan seems to gradually be moulding his team into a competitive unit and will have been encouraged by the win in Zagreb as well as their narrow friendly defeat by England at Wembley.

However, having lost goalscorers James Morrison and Kenny Miller to injury and retirement respectively since then, the former Celtic boss will be struggle to secure a positive result against a side pushing hard to extend their lead at the top of the table before next month’s potentially decisive visit to Croatia.

With their array of star players including Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke and Marouane Fellaini, the visitors are hardly the opponents to provide Scotland with their first home win of the campaign and a sixth consecutive competitive Belgian victory looks more than likely.

In fact, having won all three of their away games in Group A without conceding a goal, it is well worth backing the 8/5 (2.60) price on offer for Marc Wilmots’ men to repeat that feat against a side with just four goals to their name in seven qualifiers and who have just lost their most prolific striker.
Belgium to win to nil for a 2pt stake at 8/5 (2.60) with William Hill

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