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Belgium v USA betting preview

1/7/2014
Belgium and the USA meet in tonight's final Second Round match to confirm the Quarter Final lineup at the 2014 World Cup. It is the Europeans who are favourites with the bookmakers to make the last eight, best priced through odds comparison site easyodds.com at 21/20 to win in 90 minutes and just 1/2 to qualify.

Both nations have plenty of World Cup knockout experience with Belgium having progressed from the group stages in six of their last seven appearances at the tournament. The USA meanwhile have made the last 16 in three of their previous four finals.

Jurgen Klinsmann's American team qualified from Group G following victory against Ghana, a draw with Portugal and a narrow defeat to Germany, but easyodds.com highlights they are 10/3 outsiders to advance beyond tonight's match. Extra time and penalties have already been required in this first knockout stage and it's a best price 12/5 that this encounter is extended to 120 minutes.

Belgium have a 100% record at the tournament so far, winning all three of their group stages matches. Marc Wilmots' side have conceded just once so far and have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches. Another clean sheet here is best odds of 27/20 through Easyodds and Coral, while a win to nil is 11/5 with BetVictor.

Interestingly, all four of Belgium's goals so far at this tournament have been scored in the final 20 minutes of the match. The USA themselves have scored twice in the 80th minute or later. Easyodds.com has best odds of 5/6 through Bet365 on a goal being scored in this match in the 70th minute or later.

USA's 1-0 defeat to Germany last time out was the first time in six matches that they have failed to score exactly twice in a game. They also scored twice when they last met Belgium, in a 4-2 defeat in May of 2013. USA to score twice in this match is 3/1 with Coral.

Best price match odds:

Belgium - 21/20
USA - 10/3
Draw - 12/5

Article courtesy of easyodds.com
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