Belgium registered their first win in the FIFA U-17 World Cup thanks to the performances of their substitutes against Tajikstan, while the Americans find themselves in trouble after losing both their matches so far. The Diablotins will hope to carry on their good form with another win while the young Americans must prevail to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive.
For Bob Browaeys' young charges, a draw could still see them into the next round, but they will be eager to take all 3 points here. If they do win, and should Tunisia lose to Tajikistan in the match played at the same time in Suwon, all three sides will qualify with 6 points.
However that is exactly the scenario the Americans will want to avoid. Whilst they face elimination due to their 2 defeats, should they beat Belgium by 3 goals or more they could still qualify depending on the results in other groups. Even in the event they are eliminated, John Hackworth's young charges will want to end their campaign on a high.
Fortunately neither side have any players injured, but skipper Mykell Bates, Danny Wenzel, and Billy Schuller for the USA, and Belgium's Koen Hustinx and Laurens Spruyt all face suspensions in the Round of 16 should they pick up another yellow card.
This is the first contest between the two countries at youth level. The two nations met in the 1930 FIFA World Cup, with the USA seeing off the Europeans 3-0 on that occasion. They also met in friendlies in 1995 and 1998, which Belgium won 1-0 and 2-0 respectively.
"Against the USA, we will play in the same style as in the previous matches. I believe 4 points will be enough to qualify for the second round, but we will not be playing for the draw." Bob Browaeys, Belgium coach
"We are heading into this final game after looking at our strengths and weaknesses. The group has proved to be harder than we thought, but we cannot give up yet." John Hackworth, USA coach