Belgium will face USA in the last match of the Round of 16 in the ongoing FIFA World Cup. The match will be played at the Mangabeira stadium in Salvador de Bahia on Tuesday, July 1.
It was a great run that took Belgium through to the Round of 16 in the group stage, which saw the Red Devils win all three games. The USA on the other hand, had to make it into the second round the hard way.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA team drew 2-2 against Portugal and defeated Ghana 2-1 to qualify as the second best from Group G with four points before they were beaten by Germany in their final game in the round.
The Belgians had come from behind to win their Group H opener against Algeria 2-1 while a couple of 1-0 wins over Russia and then South Korea saw Marc Wilmots’ men qualify as group leaders. Given the results and the fact that Belgium had entered the competition as one of the dark horses this World Cup, it’s no surprise that they are overwhelming favourites to win this Round of 16 fixture against the USA bet365 offering odds of 1/1 on the possibility.
Wilmots has a group of excellent defenders playing for him currently which is exhibited from the fact that the Belgians managed clean sheets in their matches against Russia and South Korea.
Although neither of the two teams possessed much threat in attack, the likes of Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen must be given credit for the manner in which the team has defended.
Senior pro Daniel Van Buyten has also been outstanding alongside the Manchester City skipper, who made the Premier League Team of the Year last season following some terrific displays as City were crowned Premier League champions in England.
Belgium also have a fantastic group of attacking midfielders which includes Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens, and Kevin Mirallas who have turned in some good performances for the national team so far. They also have some great options from the bench as Marouane Fellaini and Divock Origi has shown in the group stages while Romelu Lukaku is a proven striker in English football.
Lukaku is 6/1 to open the scoring this game while Eden Hazard is second favourite with odds of 8/1 on Coral.
USA have arguably the fittest side among the 32 that were competing at the World Cup in Brazil. The problem with this team is that they tend to concede as many goals as their attackers can conjure. Clint Dempsey is clearly their best bet in front of goal which is also demonstrated by the fact that BetVictor have him at 19/2 to open the score on the evening – the most popular bet in this particular market by a country-mile.
Jermaine Jones has also looked good in front of goal and in his overall game as he continues to play a major role for his side. Jones caused the Germans more than one problem in their last Group G game. The side ideally need to be compact defensively and try to attack on the break against the Belgians to have a good chance.
However, the fact that their opponents play a deep line of defence will not help their cause. Creating chances is something that this USA team need to improve upon if they harbour any hopes of making the quarter-finals.
Belgium to win 1-0 (6/1 at Ladbrokes) and 2-0 (9/1 at BetVictor) are the ones that warrant attention as far as the market for the correct scores is concerned.
Belgium to win: 21/20 (BetVictor)
Winning margin, 1 goal: 9/10 (Betway)