Belgium battle the United States Men’s National Football Team for the final ticket to the World Cup quarter finals with the weight of the bookmaker firmly behind them.
De Rode Duivels are available to back at 19/20 against the Stars and Stripes who don the underdog mask at 29/10, with the draw a 12/5 alternative.
Given both the underwhelming performances of Marc Wilmots’ men in their ascension to the top of Group H and the plucky nature of USA’s escape from a difficult Group G, one could be forgiven for not having a clear vision of who is going to prevail here.
There’s no need for all that head-scratching though, dear reader, for we’ve got a space in the bwinbetting-mobile and we’re heading to Trend City, where there are ample pointers for punting on the final last-16 fixture to be discovered.
Unlike the unnamed settlement in the 1985 chart buster penned by Starship, the foundations of Trend City are not made of the easily-shifted rock ‘n’ roll, but the far more dependable facts and stats – here are just a few we’ve dug up ahead of this one:
USA to score exactly two goals @ 17/4
Only once has superstopper Thibaut Courtois’ net been rustled this tournament, but that total is in grave danger of doubling based on the fact that the good, old US of A have hit the back of the net exactly twice in eight of their last ten outings.
Belgium were breached at least twice in three of their five pre-World Cup kick-abouts so they’re not entirely immune to a backline leak.
Either team to win by one goal @ 5/4
One goal has separated the sides in five of the last six matches that saw Belgium prevail, which is also true of each of the USA’s last three successes.
More goals to be scored in the second half @ 6/5
World Cup games involving de Rode Duivels tend to produce fireworks at the death, with each of their last six strikes in the competition coming inside the final 20 minutes.
The USA haven’t been averse to a late goal in Brazil either – half of the eight strikes in matches which Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have participated in after the 80-minute threshold.