Argentina v South Korea Odds, Tips and Stats

16th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

World Cup Betting on Argentina Clearer as Top Spot is in Sight

The two winners from the first round of matches in Group B go head to head, as the battle for top spot will take priority on Thursday. Picking up a second win for either team in this match, will pretty much ensure a place in the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The second matches for the participating teams at the World Cup, should see teams be a bit more attack minded, even though Argentina gave a good account of themselves in their opening victory over Nigeria. Yes, they only won the match 1-0, but it answered a lot of questions about what coach Maradona was going to be able to deliver in terms of formation and personnel. The scoreline should have flattered Argentina a lot more, as they had plenty of opportunities, but ran into Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama who was in inspired form at the back. Argentina showed a creative balance in their passing game, and star player Lionel Messi could have bagged himself a hat trick on any other day. After receiving a lot of criticism about not bringing his A-game to the National side, Messi seemed to have the ball at his feet for most of the match, as the Argentineans played quite an expansive system, and were deserving of more rewards. After worries about the unpredictability over Maradona’s coaching ability, Argentina looked pretty solid and stable, and the living World Cup legend makes only one change to the side for the South Korea match. Ex Manchester United and Chelsea star Juan Sebastian Veron drops to the bench, in place of Liverpool’s Maxi Rodriguez. This is actually a move of caution as Veron tweaked his calf in the second half against Nigeria, and the veteran midfielder will be rested.

Argentina World Cup Betting: So, Argentina will start as favourites for this one, as they are the side packed with the stars. Victory in the first match will have settled some nerves for them, and they should grow stronger through the tournament. Messi really stepped up to the plate, and there is every chance that he will open his World Cup account. Players don’t get mentioned as favourites for the Golden Boot for no reason, and Messi is up there on merit, and he is 4/5 at Stan James to be an Anytime Scorer. Packed with talent like Messi, Higuain and Milito, Argentina to win by 2 goals is not a bad shout priced at 10/3 at Bet365, while Argentina to win by one goal is also well priced at 5/2 with Coral. Should Argentina win? Yes, of course, and they should be the dominant force in terms of possession on the day. They missed so many chances that the law of averages should mean that they will be a little more accurate in beating the keeper this time out.

Argentina World Cup 2010 Stats:
Played: P1, W1, D0, L0
GF/GA: 1/0
Cards: Y1, R0
Most Shots: Lionel Messi, 8
Top Scorer: Gabriel Heinze, 1
Shots/On Goal: 20/7
Fouls Committed: 7
Total Passes: 597
Pass Completion: 75%
Last 5 Form: WWWWW

South Korea Mobility and Speed Pays Dividends

South Korea got their campaign off with their first ever World Cup win outside of their own territory. It was a comfortable 2-0 win over an un-ambitious Greece side, that earned coach Hun Jung-Moo and his squad the vital three points. That victory should put them in the driving seat to grab one of the top two spots in the Group. One interesting titbit of information, is that Hun Jung-Moo marked Maradona as a player at Mexico ‘86, when the Argentineans ran out 3-1 winners. Will history repeat itself as the two go up against each other as coaches at the World Cup on Thursday? South Korea looked sprightly, and full of attacking adventure in their opening fixture, ready to take their chances. They were actually one of the teams going into the World Cup which were carrying some great form, and they have hit the ground running. Their enthusiasm and creativity still remains one of the bright sparks in otherwise edgy opening fixtures for the nations. South Korea showed pace and that could be the weapon which will hurt Argentina. Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung was influential in midfield as expected, and the nation will again look to their hero to carry them forward. The likelihood is, that even if they get pressed back by the Argentinean passing game, the South Koreans will still be able to carry a bit threat of attack in breaking forward at speed. For Korea it is all about speed and mobility, which undid the Greeks, and which will cause a threat to the Argentinean back line. This is an intriguing match up, with a clear lead at the top of the group at stake. Both sides would probably be happy with a draw, but we should see a bit more of an open game here.

South Korea World Cup Betting: Their main man is Park Ji-Sung, so look for him to get plenty of the ball, and carry a large threat towards goal. He is decently priced around 9/1 at ExtraBet as an anytime scorer, but a better bet would be number ten, Park Chu-Young 5/1 at Ladbrokes in the same market, as he had the most shots on goal in the first match. Argentina are edging this one on fixed odds outright World Cup betting, but South Korea probably shouldn’t be discounted quite as easily. They will create chances. Will they take them?

South Korea World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W1, D0, L0
GF/GA: 2/0
Cards: 0/0
Most Shots: Park Ji-Chung, 6
Top Scorer: Lee Jung-Soo, Park Ji-Sung, 1
Shots/On Goal: 18/7
Fouls Committed: 14
Total Passes: 499
Pass Completion: 67%
Last 5 Form: WWLLW

Argentina v South Korea Match Odds
Argentina to win: 1/2 at Bet365
Draw: 7/2 at Boylesports
South Korea to win: 8/1 at Stan James

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: This could be a close game, with two open sides. Hopefully there are plenty of goals on show, with Argentina’s stars, and South Korea’s speed and mobility. Decent coverage on this one, is taking South Korea +1 at 13/10 with Paddy Power, as it offers defence coverage, backing South Korea for a plucky draw, and you’ll only lose if Argentina win by two clear goals.
 




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