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Win or go home time!

Laurence Griffiths

I'm not going to pretend to know what the world soccer layout was before the world cup so I will leave the preview to the experts.

USA vs. Belgium, 2014 World Cup preview: USMNT at full strength, Red Devils aren't - SBNation.com
Belgium headed into the World Cup burdened with great expectation. Coach Marc Wilmots has a plethora of incredibly talented young players at his disposal, who may well collectively make up the greatest national side in the Red Devils' history. An underwhelming start in retrospect was perhaps inevitable; they'd have had to blow their group stage opponents off the continent to live up to the hype. But there's now no doubt, they're a flawed side, and one the United States could well beat on Tuesday.

However, if the USMNT are to stand a chance, they'll have to hope they're on a good day, as their performances have been more than a little erratic so far. They squeaked unconvincingly past Ghana in their opening fixture, before being unfortunate to miss out on a shock victory against Portugal in their second match. In their most recent fixture against Germany, they lost 1-0 and barely put up a fight. A repeat performance wold make life much easier for the Red Devils.

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Belgium have certainly looked flawed at the World Cup so far, but individually they're certainly a better side than the United States, and have looked pretty solid at the back so far this tournament. Unlike some of the other teams in the knockouts, they're not liable to leave much space for the USMNT to surge into on the counter-attack, and should eventually be able to break the American defense down. 1-0 Belgium