Tobias Gourlay’s in Brussels to see Fifa’s number-one team entertain the Elephants
Belgium v Ivory Coast
Thursday 19:45 (Live on Sky Sports Red Button)
In Portugal last night, fiesta turned into siesta as Spain and their hosts ground out a goalless draw. Tonight we’re hoping Belgium and Ivory Coast can make good on the promise of goals in their friendly in Brussels tonight.
A month ago today, Belgium won their most recent home international 5-1 against Iceland. Their previous home game was a Euro 2020 qualifier they won 6-1 against Cyprus. Going back to June 2018, the Belgians are W14-D1-L0 on home soil and duly start this game as odds-on favourites. However, there is a glimmer of hope for their visitors: the Red Devils have conceded at least once in just over half of those matches (8/15).
Since the start of 2018, Ivory Coast have played nine friendlies. The Elephants have scored in 8/9 of those matches, while managing just a single clean sheet – against a Liberia side that was not at the same level as this Belgian one. Seven of the nine matches delivered BTTS and that’s our bet for today.