The Round of 16 is coming to an end. Belgium will face United States today at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Belgium is one of the underdogs in this tournament but they will try to continue the winning streak after winning all 3 matches at group stages. Meanwhile USA will try go on the next stage , as their manager said that their aim is to win the World Cup.
Belgium has not shown a beautiful and entertainment football , but they won all the matches so far. They did a comeback vs Algeria at the opening match thanks to Fellaini and Mertens goals. They luckily beat Russia , with a late goal of Origi and same happened vs South Korea with a late goal of Jan Vertonghen.
Anyway Belgium will try to face USA besides having to many injuries problems.The Belgium Captain Kompany and Arsenal defender Vermaelen are in doubts since they got minor injuries.Also Ciman and Vanden Borre are not able to play since they injured, meanwhile Defour is suspended for the red card he got vs South Korea.
Another doubt for Belgium is wich attacker is going to start from the first minute. Lukaku has not impressed so far so he may be replaced by Origi who scored the winning goal vs Russia.
Possible Line up for Belgium :
4-2-3-1 : Courtois, Vertonghen, Kompany, Van Buyten, Anderweilerd, Witsel, Fellaini, Hazard, De Bruyne, Mertens, Origi.
The presence of USA at knock out stage is a surprise. Everybody considered Germany and Portugal to be at the top of the group , but USA did it. They sent Portugal home and beating Ghana at the opening game 2-1 , drawing with Portugal 2-2 and losing to Germany 1-0.
Anyway finally some good news for USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Jozy Altidore is fit for this game and he is expected to start from the first minute. It seems that Dempsey will play alongside him at the same line at attack after Klinsmann returning a 4-4-2. USa got no injuries or suspension problems for tonight.
Possible Line up for USA :
4-4-2 : Howard, Johnson, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley, Zusi, Bradley, Beckerman, Jones, Dempsey, Altidore.
USA is one of the team with lower average possession. Only 39%.
This is the 6th time Belgium progress to the Knock Out stage of World Cup.
All goals for Belgium was made in the last 20minutes of the game.
Last time Belgium and USA faced each other was in 2012 , where Belgium won 4-2.
Prediction : Belgium win.