Belgium are becoming an increasingly popular nation in the realms of international football, and with good reason.
Their rise in stature is reflected by their 8/13 favouritism to triumph in Scotland, with the hosts rated as 17/4 shots to win and the draw priced at 14/5.
As a side packed with young talent, they don’t rely on one particular superstar to carry them through. Instead, they have assembled a collective that can rival England’s fabled, if unsuccessful, “Golden Generation”.
Most will be familiar with the majority of the waffle-loving number from their participation in the Premier League.
Vincent Kompany, although absent here, leads the side while Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and Christian Benteke provide attacking impetus.
The comparisons with Sven-Goran Eriksson’s talent-blessed England squad end once actual results are inspected, however, with the Belgians considerably more proficient than David Beckham, Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand’s mob at winning games.
Over their last 12 matches, the Belgians have only failed to win three times and have lost just once.
That run includes a 4-2 dispatching of Holland and a goalless draw with France in friendlies while their World Cup qualifying campaign has been a breeze thus far.
In seven games they have picked up three points six times, drawing the other, and have conceded just two goals.
It leaves Gordan Strachan, and his newly acquired Scotland squad, a rather tough task at Hampden Park.
The ex-Middlesbrough boss has overseen something of an improvement for the Scots since his January appointment but has still only won two of his five games in charge, losing all the others.
Their narrow 3-2 defeat to England in August pointed to that development but their upward curve will stall against the Belgians.
Their last two meetings with the world’s finest chocolate makers have ended in 2-0 defeat and given the visitors’ love of keeping clean sheets – they’ve kept five in their last seven competitive games – another two-zip reverse, at 23/4, looks likely.