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World Cup 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions for Day 20

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Alejandro Sabella of Argentina during a press conference at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 30, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014

Lionel Messi will be back on show at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Day 20 as his Argentina side look to claim a quarter-final spot when they play Switzerland in the last 16.

As well as that match in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, Salvador plays host to the final encounter of the first knockout round when the USA take on Belgium.

The victors of these two encounters will go on to play each other in the last eight and take one step closer to World Cup glory.

Read on for full predictions for both games on Day 20 as well as live streaming and television information.

World Cup 2014: Day 20 Schedule
Time (BST/ET)FixturesTV InfoLive StreamPrediction
5 p.m./NoonArgentina vs. SwitzerlandBBC1/ESPNBBC iPlayer/ESPN Player3-2
9 p.m./4 p.m.Belgium vs. USABBC1/ESPNBBC iPlayer/ESPN Player0-1
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Argentina vs. Switzerland

VESPASIANO, BRAZIL - JUNE 28:  Angel Di Maria of Argentina during a training session at Cidade do Galo on June 28, 2014 in Vespasiano, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Messi has certainly been the star man for Argentina so far—bagging four goals in three games—but without him, they would be struggling.

The last-16 game against the Swiss is the moment when other top players like Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain need to step up to the plate and provide some support for the Barcelona maestro.

While Messi is good enough to effectively win the game by himself, he cannot have a stormer in every match and he needs backing up, per football writer Rafael Hernandez:

Because of Argentina's attacking threat, Switzerland will look to be defensive. However, their back line has been suspect so far—they conceded five against France—and if Messi et al can breach it early, the game could really open up.

In Xherdan Shaqiri and Josip Drmic to name but two, Switzerland are not without attacking threat, per WhoScored.com:

It could be a high-scoring game in Sao Paulo, but Argentina should just edge the encounter as they have greater quality in their side.

Prediction: 3-2

 

Belgium vs. USA

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 17:  Eden Hazard of Belgium controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Belgium and Algeria at Estadio Mineirao on June 17, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images
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The USA will be high on confidence ahead of the game against Belgium, having made it through such a tough group.

The Americans have already arguably overperformed in Brazil, but they are perfect proof that a good team spirit can make a side better than the sum of their parts.

That is not to say that Jurgen Klinsmann's side do not have quality players—Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard are top class—and their defensive play has thus far been impressive, per ESPN's Andrew Lewellen:

But the most important weapon they have at their disposal is their unity and drive to perform above their collective ability.

This could be enough to overcome a Belgium team who have, conversely, arguably underperformed despite winning all three of their group games—but only very narrowly.

Eden Hazard is the key attacking threat for the Belgians, and he needs to be at his best if he is to inspire his team to victory and a place in the last eight—and he says he is ready, per Goal:

However, the US look to have the team to cause a significant upset in Salvador on Tuesday and book themselves a place in the quarter-finals.

Prediction: 0-1 

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