Belgium - Colombia Betting Preview: Why you should not expect a high-scoring encounter

Though there may be some wonderful attacking players on display in a clash of the dark horses, Phil Kitromilides explains why he is backing under 2.5 goals in Brussels
A hugely anticipated friendly takes place in Brussels on Thursday evening between two of the most exciting sides set to contest next year's World Cup.

Belgium's qualifying campaign was nothing short of revelatory, with their exceptionally talented squad finishing top of their group, unbeaten and with the best defensive record after current world champions Spain.

Colombia, for their part, have seemingly resolved the problem that had dogged them for many years, namely finding someone to regularly score for them, with Los Cafeteros now blessed with an embarrassment of offensive riches.

In short, it should be a superb encounter with Betway pricing a home win at 9/10 (1.90) while Colombia can be backed at 14/5 (3.80).

Though it should be fascinating to see how these two sides fare against opposition of an equal international stature, this game will not necessarily be a high-scoring affair.

Both nations possess a fine set of forwards but their recent matches have been low-scoring and this is reflected in the price of 7/10 (1.70) for under 2.5 goals.

Belgium's aformentioned defensive prowess saw them concede just four goals in 10 qualifying matches for the World Cup, while Colombia have kept seven clean sheets over the last year.

It may see like a peculiar option to back a low-scoring match with players like Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku on display, yet this bet has proved to be a shrewd selection in games involving these two nations.

Under 2.5 goals has paid out in six of Colombia's last eight games and also in five of Belgium's previous eight fixtures. The price is not enormous but it is just about large enough to consider on its own, or alternatively as part of a multiple.

Under 2.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 7/10 (1.70) with Betway

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