2014 World Cup Betting: Belgium vs. USA Picks & Odds

Friday, June 27, 2014 8:17 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 8:17 PM UTC

After surviving through the Group of Death, the Americans are playing with house money as they enter the knockout stages of the World Cup. Up first is Belgium in the Round of 16, with oddsmakers favoring the Europeans to advance on to the quarters.
<p style="text-align:center"><span><iframe frameborder="0" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20804" height="330" width="560"></iframe></span></p> <p><br /><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">At practically every sportsbook we've checked, Belgium is favored in the -110 to -120 range. The USA is available for action at +375, though there's still a lot of time for the lines to shift, with kickoff set for Tuesday at 4:00 PM EST.</span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">Belgium<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">It was widely expected that Belgium would finish at the summit of <a target="_blank" title="Let's revisit the expectations set by Group H" href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-2014-group-h-future-betting-odds/37170/">a watered down Group H</a> and they did just that.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">In the group stages, the Belgians won all three matches, topping Algeria (2-1), Russia (1-0) and South Korea (1-0) to grab the full allotment of nine points.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">As you can tell, Belgium has looked strong defensively, which is no surprise with Vincent Kompany in the heart of the back-line. He's been joined by Daniel Van Buyten, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Lombaerts and Anthony Vanden Borre as defenders who have already contributed in the World Cup so far.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">We haven't exactly seen dominating attacking displays out of Belgium though, which they'll hope to change against the Americans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">There's no doubt the quality is there. This team's so stacked that they just handed the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Adnan Januzaj their first starts of the tournament in the final group stage match against the Koreans. You have to figure Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel, just to name a few, will return to the starting XI on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">USA<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Not many gave the Americans a chance of advancing out of <a target="_blank" title="Look back at the best value bets for Group G" href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-picks-best-value-bets-group-g/39979/">a tough Group G,</a> but a great opening win over Ghana (2-1) and a strong performance against Portugal (2-2) was all Jurgen Klinsmann's men needed to secure advancement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">To wrap up their group stage campaign, the USA competed hard in a 1-0 loss to a clearly superior Germany outfit. They had a few legitimate chances, but for the most part it was all one-way traffic for the Germans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">After doing enough to advance, <a target="_blank" title="Do you like USA's chances? Join the chatter in the SBR Forum" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/">the Americans will fancy their chances as one of the biggest underdogs</a> remaining in the competition.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">We saw a couple personnel changes against Germany, with Klinsmann replacing Geoff Cameron with Omar Gonzalez and then opting to start Brad Davis over Alejandro Bedoya. Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones did well as the holding midfielders, but the attacking four, including Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, were very quiet in the loss.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">You'll have to keep tracking Jozy Altidore to find out his status. He hasn't played since straining his hamstring against Ghana and there's an outside chance he'll be available for Belgium. The Americans could certainly use his hold-up play up front against an imposing defensive front.</span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">World Cup Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">If we go strictly by talent, it's no contest. The Belgians have an incredible amount of young talent, starting in the back with Courtois and extending all over the pitch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">However, we've learned not to discount unity and pure grit in this World Cup and that's something the Americans have shown a large amount of so far. They're working extremely hard for one another and the results have paid off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">We think there's a chance Belgium is over-valued as a <a target="_blank" title="Inform yourself and form an opinion on World Cup betting" href="/picks/more-sports/">World Cup betting pick</a>, as we weren't overly impressed with their showings in the group stages. They were fortunate to have one of the easier draws in the tournament. With that said, we'll take a small chance on the underdogs, who have already dealt with some of the best competition in the world.<br /></span><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Belgium 1 USA 2</span></p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":304906, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]
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