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WC Qualifications (UEFA Group A) preview: Scotland vs. Belgium

Belgium
 

The European installment of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifications continues this September, with Scotland and Belgium playing as one of the three pairs to compete for the trophy in the Group A cluster. The event will take place on September 7 at the Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. This will be the second time the two countries compete for the 2014 WC qualifications (the last time was October last year at Belgium’s home court), in adherence to the home-away rule set for the tournament.

 

Scotland have to expand their limits

Scotland’s road to the FIFA finals has been a roller coaster ride. Currently placed in the 5th spot (out of six) in the Group A, the side need tremendous effort to regain their composure. Their recent matches were neither dismaying nor spectacular. Accumulating defeats from Wales 1-2 and Serbia 0-2 are complete disappointments. But a surprising win against Croatia 1-0 is a definite achievement to think over.

 

Belgium are in their prime

Between Belgium and Scotland, the former have the better form. Losing is almost non-existent in the team’s vocabulary, as almost all of their recent matches were soaring victories. Whether it is a friendly or a qualifier, the Belgian players prove that winning is a matter of determination and strategy. Their triumphs over Slovakia 2-1, Macedonia 2-1, the United States 4-2, and Serbia 2-1 were impressive feats worthy of solid plaudits.

 

Winning factors

The last time they competed for WC Qualifications resulted in Belgium winning the tourney 2-0. This time around, the same team is still seen to likely emerge as victors. The odds and statistics are just too honest to put Belgium in the champions’ zone, having been placed in the top rank of the current League table and possessing a 100 percent chance of dominating the match for an away tourney. Scotland, however, is a resilient belter and winning this match is not an absolute dead end. Their stunning win over high-flying Croatia in Zagreb last June completely surprised the audiences. The home team were dubbed as the clear favorites to blow the match to pieces, but the Scottish players shockingly upset the intimidating opponents.

 

Predicted winners: Belgium, by obvious reasons

 

Belgium: Image source: backpagefootball.com

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