Get football betting tips ahead of Group H winners Belgium taking on Group G runners-up USA in the second round of the World Cup in Salvador on Tuesday.
In a tough game to call it could be wise to back Belgium v USA to end as a draw after 90 minutes at best odds 5/2 with Bet365.
Belgium managed to top Group H, but did so in a rather laboured fashion, never beating a side by more than a 1 goal margin. 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. Despite the attacking talent of Eden Hazard, their strength has been in defence and the fact that they have conceded just one goal suggests they will be hard to break down. Belgium deserve to go into this game as favourites, but the fact that they aren't yet firing on all cylinders makes their match odds a little too short to get involved.
USA have done well 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. The Stars and Stripes then made Germany work extremely hard for a 1-0 win and Jurgen Klinsmann's determined squad will believe that they can upset the odds in this match. Chances will of course be at a premium against a solid Belgian defence, but the physicality of Jozy Altidore coupled with Clint Dempsey's penchant for popping up with important goals makes it difficult to entirely write off USA's chances.
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Marc Wilmots is sweating over the fitness of Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen, with the former likely to start even if he is not 100% fit. Anthony Vanden Borre will miss out through injury, while Steven Defour is suspended having been sent off against South Korea and Romelu Lukaku could yet be replaced by Divock Origi having failed to make his presence felt in Brazil.
Jurgen Klinsmann is confident that Jozy Altidore will be fit enough to return and spearhead the USA attack with Clint Dempsy likely to revert to a slightly deeper role. Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez are competing to start alongside Besler at the back, while Jermaine Jones could be dpeloyed on either flank to provide protection from Belgium's wingers.
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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