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Hazard & Co. to heap misery on Scots? Get Euro 2020 qualifying tips for June 10-11

Leigh Copson 10 Jun 2019
Eden Hazard (credit:Andrew Surma/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Euro 2020 qualifying predictions for matches taking place between Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11. Will the Republic of Ireland continue their solid run of form under Mick McCarthy, and can Steve Clarke replicate his exploits for Kilmarnock by master-minding a shock result for Scotland in Belgium? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar (Monday 19:45 BST)

The Republic of Ireland of enjoyed a successful start to life under Mick McCarthy and have already given themselves a serious shot at qualifying automatically for Euro 2020. McCarthy took the reins after a poor Nations League campaign that resulted in the departure of Martin O’Neill, and although the results will hardly send shockwaves through Europe they have now taken seven points from their first three qualifying fixtures. Slender wins in Gibraltar and at home to Georgia saw them take maximum points from their first two fixtures and although they were unable to make it three-out-of-three last Friday night, a 1-1 draw in Denmark is hardly a terrible result. And they almost snatched three points too, only for Kasper Schmeichel to deny James McClean late on. So as you can see, Ireland are certainly heading in the right direction at this time and there is no way I cannot back them to beat Gibraltar in their fourth qualifying outings. However, I am not expecting them to run up a cricket score though. The goals have hardly been flowing for the Irish over the past couple of years and Gibraltar continue to improve. The visitors have conceded more than four times in only one of their last 11 fixtures and they only gave up one when these two nations met in March. That makes backing Ireland to win a match that sees under 4.5 total goals a solid bet for this fixture.

Belarus v Northern Ireland (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

Northern Ireland’s flawless start to World Cup qualifying continued at the weekend as they won in Estonia, but Michael O’Neill’s men made hard work of it and needed goals from Conor Washington and Josh Magennis in the final 13 minutes to cancel out Konstantin Vassiljev’s opener. That was good enough for three points though and it simply has to be considered a huge win for Northern Ireland because they have much tougher tests to pass, namely the Netherlands and Germany, if they want to somehow automatically qualify for next summer’s European Championship. The presence of the Dutch and the Germans in this five-team group makes games like Tuesday’s trip to Belarus must-win encounters for O’Neill’s side and the good news is that the Belarusians have lost all three of their fixtures so far. Granted a couple of them were against the Netherlands and Germany, but those losses were sandwiched by a 2-1 defeat in Northern Ireland back in March so the visitors have already downed Belarus once in this qualifying campaign. Can they do the double though? The Belarusians had their chances in the weekend loss to Germany and the Northern Irish are hardly brilliant travellers – they have won only one of their last eight games on foreign soil. That makes me wary of backing the visitors here. However, they are a team in good form right now and confidence in the camp is high, so I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and back Northern Ireland for another very important victory.

Belgium v Scotland (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

The Steve Clarke Era began with a victory last Saturday night, but it was hardly vintage stuff from Scotland as they scraped past Cyprus. It was a largely dull and uninspiring performance before Champions League winner Andrew Robertson popped up with a superb opener, and even when they got ahead there were plenty of reasons for the Tartan Army to be nervous as their team looked shaky at the back. It came as no major surprise when the Cypriots took advantage of some dreadful defending on a corner to head in an equaliser late on, but having been pathetic in Kazakhstan and San Marino, Scotland finally showed some sort of mental strength as Oliver Burke pounced on the rebound after he had hit the post, calmly slotting in what proved to be the winner. The Scots had the points they needed and Clarke had enjoyed a successful debut, but does anybody really expect them to build on that with a positive showing against Belgium on Tuesday night? The Belgians made it three wins from three games as they cruised to victory over Kazakhstan at the weekend, and they have now won each of their three qualifying fixtures by at least two goals. They destroyed Scotland 4-0 when these two teams met in a friendly last September and it has now been 32 years since the Scots got the better of the Belgians – I see no reason why that form will change here. Belgium have won the last four meetings with Scotland without conceding a single goal and I thoroughly expect we will see more of the same in this latest encounter.

Hungary v Wales (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

A late fightback proved to be in vain as Wales suffered their first defeat of the qualifying campaign at the weekend. Some poor defending allowed Croatia to take a 2-0 lead inside the opening 50 minutes and although David Brooks was able to haul them back into the game 13 minutes from time, the goal did not prove to be the spark that inspired a completed fightback from the Welsh. Wales now find themselves three points behind the Croatians but perhaps more importantly, they are now three points behind their hosts on Tuesday night. Hungary have bounced back from the opening-night defeat to Slovakia by following up a shock home win over Croatia with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan and if they can make it three-in-a-row here they will seriously boost their bid for automatic qualification while putting a sizeable dent in Wales’ quest. So who will come out on top in this vital encounter? This is a tough one to call. Hungary have won four straight at home, including that superb win over the Croatians, and Wales are hardly fantastic travellers having won just twice on foreign soil in the last 18 months. However, they have Gareth Bale in the fold and in the blink of an eye he can be the difference between defeat and a draw and the difference between a draw and a win. For those reasons I am ignoring the Match Betting market and backing both teams to score – Wales continue to look naïve at the back at times while the Hungarians do not keep may clean sheets.

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