Belgium vs USA: Betting Preview
Belgium won their group, which was one of the weaker ones, and while they have been tagged as a sleeper in the World Cup they have not looked overly impressive. Still, they are the betting favorite in the round of 16 facing a USA squad that finished second in the Group of Death.
Bovada has World Cup betting odds for this knockout stage encounter with Belgium posted at -111 the USA posted at +374 and a draw line of +255.
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While the USA lost their last group match 1-0 to Germany they played great defense in that match and kept the score low, which they needed to do to advance.
Belgium is one of only four countries that won all three of their group matches, but all wins came by a single goal.
The Belgium attack has been less than stellar so far in tournament play with striker Romelu Lukaku struggling to find scoring chances and playmaker Eden Hazard has been very inconsistent.
While the Belgium offense has not looked great their defense has, as GK Thibaut Courtouis has only conceded one goal and that came off a penalty in the first group match.
Midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones have been solid in this World Cup and have especially been solid in dropping back and helping on the defensive side of the pitch.
MF Michael Bradley has not been great in creating scoring chances and he and Clint Dempsey have to pace the attack, which has been mediocre, for the Americans.
The USA played solid defense against Germany, but could barely muster any offense. They will have their chances facing Belgium and they will capitalize. Belgium will fail to crack the USA defense and they will head home with a disappointing finish.