Belgium v United States Preview

June 30, 2014 | By

Winner.com - £50 Free Bets 2014 World Cup Last 16 action Tuesday Night comes from the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador and features Belgium versus United States.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BBC1 High Definition with a scheduled 21:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Belgium v United States Preview, World Cup, Last 16, Tuesday 1st July 2014

Belgium head into this game in good form as they have won all three of their group matches to top the group. In their first game they played Algeria where they found themselves 1-0 down in the first half. On came Manchester United player Fellaini, who equalised to make it 1-1, then on came Dries Mertens to score the winner win a fine effort into the roof of the net.

In the second game it was a little more boring, however Belgium overcame the challenge of Russia to win 1-0 late on. Last game for Belgium who at this point were already through to the knockout stages, however this didn’t effect their performance as they ran out 1-0 winners against a resilient South Korea side who went crashing out.

USA manager and players will be absolutely delighted to qualify for the last sixteen as they finished second behind group winners Germany. USA beat Ghana in their first game then managed to get a draw against a disappointing Portugal team. The Americans lost in their last game 1-0 to Germany but still progressed.

Belgium Team News:

Belgium will be without their captain and main defender Vicent Kompany who is struggling with an injury. Other centre back Thomas Vermalen is also out injured so Van Buyten will once again play in the back four. Lukaku should play as a lone striker, however young forward Origi may feel he is the one in form.

United States Team News:

USA will go into this with pretty much a fully fit squad to choose from, however they do have one injury, as Sunderland forward Altidore is unlikely to feature in the game, however this is certain so check the team news a few hours before the game.

Belgium v United States Head to Head Statistics:

Over the years their has only ever been five meetings between these two clubs and it’s the Europeans who have the bragging rights, as they have won four of the five games and lost just the once, which was way back in the 1930 World Cup, which was played in Uruguay.

30/05/13 FRI United States – Belgium 2 : 4
06/09/11 FRI Belgium – United States 1 : 0
24/02/98 FRI Belgium – United States 2 : 0
21/04/95 FRI Belgium – United States 1 : 0
13/07/30 WOC USA – Belgium 3 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the five games played between the two clubs over the 90 odd years when they first met there has been a total of 13 goals scored, which generates us an average goals per game ratio of 2.60. Looking above we should see between two and three goals score on Tuesday night’s game.

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Belgium v United States Recent Form (Left to Right)

Belgium: W W W W W

United States: W W W D L

As we can see above it’s Belgium who are ahead on the recent form stats, as they have won all of their previous five games. USA on the other hand haven’t had it as easy, as they have won three from their previous five, drew once and lost once.

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Belgium v United States Match Betting Odds Market

Belgium go into this game as favourites to win the match, however I believe their should be no favourites, as I see it too close to call. Both teams done well in qualifying as well. The price for Belgium to win Currently stands at 21/20 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw has as massive chance of coming in so its no surprise the odds are short for this encounter. I will most probably be backing the draw in one of my tips as it has a decent chance of happening on tuesday night and at a current best price of 5/2 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) it does look value.

United States will know that they will be the underdogs before this game starts, however this wont faze the manager or the players and I believe there could be an upset on the cards and the bookies best price is 7/2 with Coral (Deposit £5 & Receive £50 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Belgium v United States Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Belgium were massive underdogs before they came into this tournament with the bookmakers but with the fans and the neutrals they were everybody’s outside chance of making it into the later stages of the competition.

Now they find themselves in the last sixteen, which in its self is a good achievement, but if they are going to progress any further they need to beat a very hard working USA team.

It’s a completely different story for the USA because no one would have given them a chance to make it out of the so called group of death, which consisted of three other good teams (Ghana,Portual and Germany). I believe this game will be a very tight affair with either team snatching it by one goal or it ending in a draw.

I would say it will definitely see under 2.5 goals scored in the match and first goal scorer I would say would probably be Romelu Lukaku.

Onto some predictions for the game and my Banker is going to the match to finish in a Draw as I feel that there is very little between these two teams. My saver is a little harder but I have chosen to go for a correct score bet of 0-0 as with both sides no doubt being very cautious in this match, I doubt we will see much in the way of goals in this one.

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