Belgium (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Alderweireld, Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Fellaini, Witsel, Mertens, Bruyne, Hazard, Origi Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen are both carrying a knock but could be risked due to the importance of the next match up. Belgium will be without Anthony Vanden Borre who is out through injury as Steven Defour will also miss out with a suspension from the previous match. Kevin De Bruyne should be picked to join the attacking trio, all playing in support of lone striker and Liverpool transfer target Divock Origi, who could be granted his first start ahead of misfiring Romelu Lukaku, with Origi 7/1 to score first with bet365. USA (4-4-1-1): Howard, Johnson, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley, Jones, Bradley, Beckerman, Zusi, Dempsey, Altidore Jozy Altidore could return to the starting line up after picking up an hamstring injury as Jurgen Klinsmann prepares to lead the USA to victory. Clint Dempsey should play a second striker to Altidore with Jermaine Jones providing some extra reinforcements to deal with Belgium’s pacey wingers. The United States have a clean bill of health and no suspensions, so the German manager should be selecting his best players for the job.
Belgium v USA to go to extra time tonight — banks of the irwell (@dickyrockshell) July 1, 2014
usa and belgium. hope usa will win. — enclah (@asmunirah) July 1, 2014
The two teams met in May of last year in what was a high scoring game. Belgium came out eventual winners over the United States with a 4-2 scoreline.
Belgium vs. USA: An Alternative Preview
Belgium have progressed from the group stage in six of their last seven appearances at the World Cup.
The US have qualified for the knockout stage in three of their previous four World Cups and are aiming to reach the Quarter Final for the first time since 2002.
Belgium and USA have met just once before in the World Cup, in what was for both their first World Cup game in 1930. The US ran out 3-0 winners in Montevideo.
Belgium have won each of their four games since that clash, keeping a clean sheet on three occasions.
In their last meeting in May 2013, the Rode Duivels won 4-2 in Cleveland. Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini both scored for Belgium, while Clint Dempsey and Geoff Cameron were on the score sheet for the US.
Belgium won all three of their group games at a World Cup for the first time. It was also the first time they had won three successive games in the competition.
Only Iran (30%) had a lower average possession figure in the group stage than Jurgen Klinsmann's side (39%).
The US managed just nine shots on target in their three group games. They are the only side to have qualified without reaching double figures in this regard.
The last six Belgian goals at World Cups have come in the closing 20 minutes of games.
USA have conceded in each of their last 16 World Cup games against European opposition.
Only three players (Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria) completed more dribbles than Eden Hazard in the group stage (13).
No player made more blocks than Daniel van Buyten in the group stage (5).