Marc Wilmots’ men came into the tournament as one of the dark horses to lift the trophy and, despite failing to hit top form in the group stages, Belgium cantered to the top of Group H with narrow victories over Algeria, Russia and South Korea.
For Team USA, they will be delighted just to reach the knockout stages after edging out Portugal and Ghana to the second qualification spot in Group G – but Jurgen Klinsmann’s men will be determined not to see their World Cup adventure halted in Salvador on Tuesday.
Belgium are chalked up as 4/9 (1.44) favourites with Paddy Power to book their place in the last eight of the competition while Marc Wilmots’ men can be backed at 10/11 (1.91) with the same firm to win inside 90 minutes against Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.
USA are available at 7/4 (2.75) with Paddy Power to qualify for the next round, with the same firm offering a chunky 100/30 (4.33) that USA are victorious inside 90 minutes. Paddy Power go 5/2 (3.50) that the tie is level at the end of normal time on Tuesday.
It is worth noting that should Tuesday’s tussle be settled by penalty kicks, Paddy Power will refund all first scorer, last scorer, correct score and scorecast singles placed before the action gets underway in Salvador.
Belgium have been solid, if unspectacular, throughout the tournament thus far, scoring just four goals and conceding only once and, therefore, it comes as little surprise that Paddy Power offer just 4/7 (1.57) that Tuesday’s encounter features fewer than three goals.
However, despite a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany in their last outing, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have proven already in the competition that they carry a potent goal threat, netting twice against both Ghana and Portugal in the group stages.
Team USA should not be underestimated here and they can be backed to push Belgium all the way in Salvador.
The 7/4 (2.75) quote from Paddy Power for Klinsmann’s men to reach the last eight carries plenty of appeal but it is the juicy even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for both teams to find the net that is the recommended play for punters ahead of Tuesday’s tussle.
|Both teams to score at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with Paddy Power|
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