World Cup 2014 Day 20 – The Albiceleste Arrival ?

World Cup 2014 Day 20 is upon us with the seventh and eighth games in the “last 16” round completing the “last 16 ” round and confirming the eight quarter finalists for the 2014 tournament. The ” last 16″ games played on Monday were a complete contrast – the France v Nigeria game won by Les Bleus after coach Didier Deschamps showed great tactical awareness by moving Benzema was a relatively straightforward win whilst the game later in the evening between Germany and Algeria proved to be much more exciting with the Germans finally winning through in extra time after a battling performance by Algeria.

So will today’s matches give us the excitement and entertainment that we enjoyed yesterday ?

The first match today will be played at 1700 BST in Sao Paolo between Argentina and Switzerland . Argentina have made a somewhat sluggish start to the 2014 tournament heavily relying so far on Lionel Messi to get them through the group stage so their fans will hope that this match will mark the Albiceleste arrival.

Argentina are missing forward Sergio Aguero with a thigh problem who will be replaced by PSG’s Ezequiel Lavezzi – so far Aguero has failed to show his Manchester City form in this tournament , some pundits feel that the introduction of Lavezzi will give Argentina a more balanced side and force them to rely less upon Messi.

The Switzerland side will hope that forward Xherdan Shaqiri can repeat his hat trick performance against Honduras in this game , his move from the right to a central role was a great move by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld but of course the quality of defenders in this game will be much higher with Argentina’s Pablo Zabaleta in fine form at the moment.

In today’s second “last 16” game Belgium take on USA in Salvador at 2100 BST in what many pundits think will be a straightforward win for Belgium however the Live Football Scores team are not entirely convinced of that assertion! . Belgium have some talented individuals but so far have yet to really “click” as a team , coach Marc Wilmots has used substitutes to great effect and take comfort from having a strong ,versatile squad.

However Belgium are going to need that strength and versatility in this game – defenders Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are doubtful starters for this game due to injury concerns and midfielder Steven Defour definitely  misses the game due to a one game suspension after being sent off against South Korea. If Kompany cannot play in this game he will be a great loss for Belgium , not only for his ability as a defender but mainly for his ability to organise and galvanise those around him in defence . Ask any Manchester City fan what happens when he doesn’t play in the heart of City’s defence !

The USA have strike Jozy Altidore back in contention after suffering a hamstring injury and will field a team against Belgium who will defend resolutely and look to catch them on the break. Coach Klinsmann has built a great team spirit in the USA team which means that they are difficult to break down and know how to persevere.

The Live Football Scores team think that Argentina should have a straightforward win against Switzerland but think that the second game between Belgium and USA is much harder to call , Belgium start as clear favourites but if they do not score early on then it could perhaps more extra time and penalties ?

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Enjoy the games and don’t forget to follow the World Cup 2014 live scores at the Live Football Scores site !