Kick-off: 1945, 10/09/2018
Stadium: Hampden Park
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
Scotland’s preparations for their Nations League Group C opener against Albania suffered a huge blow as they were thumped 4-0 by Belgium at Hampden Park.
Albania made a winning start to their campaign as they beat Israel 1-0 at home on Friday, with Taulant Xhaka netting a second-half winner.
There will be a positive response by Alex McLeish’s men and 4/5 for a home win is where we start our Scotland vs Albania predictions.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
McLeish has now lost four of his five games since returning for a second spell in charge of the national team, although the manner of the goals conceded would have disappointed him.
The ruthless Belgians took advantage of three mistakes by the hosts with Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi needing no second invitation, while Eden Hazard was also on target.
It was their heaviest home defeat since England triumphed 5-0 north of the border in 1973 and did little to boost morale ahead of the inaugural international tournament.
McLeish said: “It is a catalogue of errors but if anyone is going to take the blame it’s me for telling them they have to pass it. What we have done is encourage players to pass the ball.
“The guys have to learn fast. It is harsh lessons, big lessons for the young ones especially.”
A Look At Albania’s Betting Odds
Albania snapped a three-game losing streak with victory over Israel in their Nations League opener.
The Eagles participated in their first major tournament having finished second in qualifying for Euro 2016, beating Romania in their final group game after defeats to Switzerland and France.
Having frustrated the hosts and looking like picking up a surprise point, Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute before Dimitri Payet added a second six minutes into stoppage time.
Albania head to Glasgow with just two wins from their last seven games, which included a 1-0 home defeat to Italy in World Cup 2018 qualifying when they again stood firm for long periods.
With that in mind, the hosts may need to be patient so we’re getting on 13/5 for them to score between 60:01 and 75 minutes to round off our Scotland vs Albania betting tips.
SCOTLAND 0-4 Belgium
ALBANIA 1-0 Israel – Xhaka
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