SALVADOR, Brazil (SportingAlert.com) — Live streaming, TV channels and team news for today’s FIFA World Cup round of 16 clash between the United States and Belgium at the Arena Fonte Nova, in Salvador.
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And as we all expected, forward Jozy Altidore does not start for USA today, despite his recent return to training from hamstring a strain.
This mean’s that Clint Dempsey will continue to lead the attack for the Americans, who finished second to Germany during the group stage of the tournament.
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also decided to keep faith in most of the players that played the last game, with Brad Davis making way for Alejandro Bedoya in the midfield and defender Geoff Cameron replacing midfielder Kyle Beckerman.
Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi all start again though.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku does not start for Belgium, as super-sub Divock Origi gets the nod ahead of the Chelsea forward, who has been off form since the start of the World Cup.
Eden Hazard, who is prime to shine today, Marouane Fellaini, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne all start in midfield.
However, the biggest boost for Belgium for this game is the fact that leading center-back and captain Vincent Kompany has come through a fitness test and will start alongside Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Daniel van Buyten in the back line.
Belgium will be looking to keep the trend that has seen all the previous seven 2014 World Cup group winners winning their games in the round of 16 thus far.
The USA is the only team left that can spoil this 100-percent trend and the well organized Klinsmann side will be confident of taking care of business.
The winner of this clash will meet Argentina, who beat Switzerland 1-0 in the earlier game in Sao Paulo.