Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Scotland play host to Belgium at their Hampden Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Monday’s program. The Scotts suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Russia at home ground on Friday evening and, as a result, they have slim chances of securing automatic qualification for the European Championship finals.
The Scotts are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Belgium and given the number of high-profile footballers in the away team, we predict that Kevin de Bruyne and Co. are going to pick up all three points from Monday’s football match. Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard remains in the recovery room, but the likes of Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku are likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. When the two sides met in Brussels earlier in the process Belgium recorded a 3-0 win over Scotland.
Highlighted Player (Liam Cooper):
Liam Cooper is a Scotland international, who was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England. Cooper was eligible to play for both England and Scotland, but he decided to represent the Scotts on the international stage.
The Leeds United defender, who is capable of playing at left and centre back, received his first ever call-up for Scotland on 10 March 2016 for a friendly match against Denmark, but he did not make his debut for the senior team back then. Liam Cooper began his career at Hull City and, after spending several seasons on loan at Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town he joined Chesterfield in 2013.
On 13 August, 2014, he signed a three-year deal with Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of individual honours, Liam Cooper was named Young Player of the Year for the 2007/2008 season (Hull City). It has to be noted that he won Football League Two with Chesterfield in the 2013/2014 season.
Highlighted Team (Belgium):
Present on the international stage since 1904, Belgium national team have had plenty of ups and downs in the past, finishing as runners up at the 1980 European Championship in Italy. The Red Devils also won the third place on home soil at the 1972 tournament, while they enjoyed some success at the World Cup finals as well.
Belgium qualified for 12 World Cup tournaments, reaching the semi-finals in 1986 and quarter-finals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. It is the generation that played in Brazil that is believed to be the most talented team since the one featuring Enzo Scifo, Michel Preud’homme and Franky van der Elst.
Playing their home games at King Baudouin Stadium, the Red Devils have impressed at the start of the 21st century, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne just some of the world-class players in the squad. Following some impressive results in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and international friendlies, Belgium climbed to number 1 position in the FIFA Rankings in November 2015.