Poland v Colombia Betting Tips & Preview
Both sides can't afford to lose as they look to get up and running in Group H.
Poland v Colombia – Monday 04:00, SBS OPTUS SPORT
These two were the initial favourites to qualify from their group but having each lost their opening encounters, they’re in a right old scrap if they’re to make it as far as the knockout rounds this summer. That defeat to Senegal was however just Poland’s second in 19 competitive matches, but though they’ve been excellent in qualification, a record of W2-D6-L4 since Euro 2008 leaves a lot to be desired at major tournaments. Colombia have won just twice in their last 10 competitive outings though, drawing half of these, and with two evenly matched teams the stalemate carries the best value in the match outcome market.
With both sides requiring a win to get back on track, there should be chances in this game and in fact, Poland have seen at least three goals in each of their last 11 competitive outings since the start of qualification, while over half these games saw four goals or more. With key defender Kamil Glik unlikely to be fully fit just yet Poland certainly have defensive concerns, but Carlos Sanchez’s suspension after his early bath against Japan has left an important hole at the base of Colombia’s midfield. As such, both sides are likely to view attack as the best form of defence, making Over 2.5 Goals a likely prospect.
Robert Lewandowski was snuffed out of the game against Senegal, but while some credit has to go to the African side for how they managed to keep him quiet, questions also have to be asked of the service he received and the Bayern front man can expect better this time around. The captain has 21 goals in 16 games, as he netted at least once in 13 of these, while grabbing the first goal here would leave him with the opening strike in four of his last five.