Belgium v USA

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    • Second Round: Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 - 21:00
    • Venue: Salvador
    • TV Channel: BBC1

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    Tournament dark horses Belgium continue their 2014 World Cup campaign with a last 16 clash against USA with both sides hoping to progress to the last 8 in Brazil.

    Belgium go into the Second Round match in Salvador as favourites at top price 21/20 with Betvictor, but this is by no means a gimme and plenty of punters will be happy to side with the Stars and Stripes, especially with Betfred quoting best odds 10/3.

    The Red Devils haven't yet found their best form, but still managed to top Group H with 9 points and only 1 goal conceded. Marc Wilmots' side had to come from behind to beat Algeria 2-1 in their opening match before snatching a 1-0 win at the death against Russia and also leaving it late to win 1-0 against South Korea. Worryingly for USA, the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are yet to hit top gear although the former has provided two assists and the feeling is that it won't be long until either of the Premier League stars find the back of the net in Brazil.

    USA beat the odds to get out of the 'group of death' as runners-up behind Germany and have really grown into the competition. They left it late to snatch a 2-1 win against Ghana after the African side cancelled out Clint Dempsey's early goal and were unlucky to be pegged back to 2-2 at the death against Portugal. Jurgen Klinsmann's side then performed with great merit despite being edged 1-0 by Germany and may well fancy their chances of giving Belgium a game.

    Eden Hazard has the ability to be a game changer for Belgium and will be eager to open his account, those fancying the Chelsea man to score first can get a great price of 8/1 with William Hill. USA's key player is Clint Dempsey and he'll be hoping to add to his World Cup tally by feeding off Jozy Altidore's knock downs. Having already opened the scoring for his country once in the tournament, Bet365's odds of 8/1 on Dempsey to score first look reasonable, although he will have to work hard to breach Belgium's defence.

    2014 World Cup Matches
    Belgium W W W       USA W D L

    2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
    Fellaini –  1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Mertens – 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Origi - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Vertonghen - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)

    Dempsey – 2 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)
    Brooks - 1 (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
    Jones - 1 (0 Penalties, 1 First Goalscorer)

    2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
    Hazard - 2
    De Bruyne - 1

    Zusi - 2
    Jones - 1

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