Belgium vs. USA 2014: Final Predictions and World Cup Live Stream Info

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Belgium vs. USA 2014: Final Predictions and World Cup Live Stream Info
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It's crunch time for the USA and Belgium on Tuesday as the two sides go head to head in Salvador in a win-or-go-home encounter in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men have impressed so far, getting out of a tough group comprising Ghana, Germany and Portugal in which they were given little hope pre-tournament.

The much-hyped Belgians have yet to catch fire in Brazil but have ground out three victories from three group games against Algeria, Russia and South Korea.

Read on for full live-streaming information and predictions for Tuesday's key clash.

 

Date: Tuesday, July 1

Time: 9 p.m. BST, 4 p.m. ET

TV Info: BBC1 (UK), ESPN (US)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, ESPN Player

 

Super-sub Altidore

USA striker Jozy Altidore picked up a hamstring injury in the Americans' opening encounter against Ghana but is reportedly available to play against Belgium.

However, he is unlikely to be able to play a full 90 minutes and thus Klinsmann should—and probably will—keep Altidore on the bench so that the physical Sunderland player can make an impact from the bench late in the game, per Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl:

ESPN's Jeff Carlisle predicts that the USA will play five across the middle with star man Clint Dempsey playing as a lone striker in attack:

Certainly that approach would provide defensive strength and if the USA need a goal towards the end of the game, Altidore could provide a real threat if brought on fresh.

Belgium have yet to find their attacking rhythm thus far in the tournament and the USA's best bet if they want to claim victory is to frustrate the European side and hit them on the counter-attack, and Dempsey and Altidore could provide the crucial blow.

 

Belgium Need Quality to Shine Through

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On paper, Belgium should beat the USA. The likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu LukakuDaniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany and Thibaut Courtois are proven at the very highest level.

However, thus far they have not sparked into life, merely doing the minimum possible to take their victories.

In the USA they face a well organised, confident and inspired team who have a terrific leader in the shape of Klinsmann, per the Mirror's John Cross:

They must dictate the pace of the game against the USA and up their level of performance—they certainly have the quality to do so.

It is likely to be a very tight encounter on Tuesday with few goals—neither side has scored freely so far in Brazil. The USA can frustrate Belgium and if Marc Wilmots' side can't improve on their group performances, they could be going home.

Prediction: Belgium 0-1 USA 

 

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