Scotland vs. Belgium: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2013

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 14: Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium lines up prior to the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Belgium takes on Scotland in 2014 World Cup qualifying action on Friday at Hampden Park, looking to remain in the lead in Europe's Group A.

Belgium has won six of its seven World Cup qualifying matches so far, while drawing with world No. 8 Croatia in November.

The world No. 10 has defeated Serbia (twice), FYR Macedonia (twice), Wales and Scotland.

Scotland is near the bottom of the Group A table, going 1-2-4 so far (five points). 

On the other hand, Scotland is coming off a 1-0 victory over Croatia at Stadion Maksimir in July. Robert Snodgrass was the hero in the win, scoring in the 26th minute.

Here's a preview of the action on Friday, complete with my prediction.

 

When: Friday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Hampden Park, Scotland

Live Stream: ESPN3

Odds (via Bovada): Belgium 2/3

 

Top Storyline: Will Scotland Build On Win vs. Croatia?

Most didn't see Scotland coming within reach of Croatia in July, let alone beating the favorite. 

Croatia held possession for 65 percent of the match while registering a whopping 19 shots, but only two shots were on goal, per ESPN FC.

Meanwhile, the Scots managed only five shots, but their sole shot on goal found net. 

If Scotland is to upset Belgium, the side will have to keep it low-scoring, as the world No. 50 doesn't have the offense to win a shootout against the Belgians.

Scotland has posted only four goals in seven matches so far, second-fewest in Group A. Belgium, on the other hand, has scored 13 goals, most in Group A.

 

Prediction: Belgium 2, Scotland 1

In Scotland, this match could get a little dicey for Belgium, but the Belgians are the superior squad, beating the teams they were supposed to beat in Group A play while only drawing with Croatia.

Scotland's win over Croatia has some thinking "upset" on Friday, but, the fact of the matter is, Scotland was lucky to come away with a victory over Croatia, given several missed chances by the Croatians.

Belgium won't fail to capitalize on its opportunities against the Scottish. 

 

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