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)
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:
US Soccer says Jozy Altidore is available for USA-Belgium. I'd still be surprised if he starts.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 30, 2014
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:
I hear everyone's concerns re: Dempsey needing help + possn concerns. I just don't see Klinsmann veering away from def solidity of 4-5-1.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) June 30, 2014
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
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:
Attending USA and Belgium press conferences. What an inspiration Klinsmann is. I felt inspired listening. He gets the best from his players— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) June 30, 2014
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