Argentina Vs Switzerland
Both these nations sailed through their respective qualifying rounds but have struggled to reproduce similar performances in Brazil. Switzerland have had an inconsistent World Cup so far. They got taken to the cleaners by France but recovered by hammering Honduras a few days later. I do feel however, that their World Cup adventure will end in Sao Paolo against Argentina.
The South Americans have won all their games in the group stages but that is not to say it was a comfortable ride. Take Lionel Messi out of their side and they would have struggled to get one victory, let alone three!
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of this game through injury but I actually feel that this will benefit La Albiceleste as Messi will see more of the ball. The little magician has scored in every game this World Cup and it’s frightening to think he hasn’t even hit top gear yet!
Belgium Vs USA
I was in Manaus for USA’s game against Portugal and they were extremely unlucky not to win that match after dominating throughout. Jurgen Klinsmann has done a terrific job in organising his side and getting the team to play to their strengths.
Of course Belgium have the stronger team on paper but if there is anything we have learnt this tournament it’s that the games are won on the pitch and not on paper! This will be the hardest test yet for the Red Devils and I think they may struggle to break down the Americans. That’s why I think this game will go to extra time and penalties, with Belgium edging it thanks to giant, that is, Thibaut Courtious.
Prediction 1-1 (Belgium to win on penalties)