Brazil V North Korea Preview: Tuesday, 15th June (Group G)

13th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

 

Brazil V North Korea

Kick-off: Tuesday, 15th June – 19:30 GMT
Stadium: Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Group G

 

Brazil

Brazil need no introduction other than the five-time winners of the competition are on the prowl for a sixth FIFA World Cup title and if any country is to make history by becoming the first nation to win a FIFA World Cup in the African continent, it is to be Brazil, one of just two countries to this day to have won the competition outside of their own continent, with Argentina being the other. However, Brazil have done so on three occasions and are arguably the best suited team heading to South Africa, as well as being one of the more equipped and the small matter that they are the best international footballing nation of all time.

The last time Brazil won a FIFA World Cup was back in 2002 and even that will seem an age for a nation which treats World Cup finals like the norm. Four years ago at the 2006 finals in Germany, Brazil endured their poorest campaign since 1990 when they exited the competition at the quarter-finals. To most, a quarter-final appearance would be considered a huge success but Brazil they expect nothing less than to be contesting final after final. So much so that their disappointing stay in Germany ended a streak of three successive appearances in the final of a World Cup. It’s an outstanding achievement but for Brazil it’s nothing less than they expect.

At the Brazilian helm we have a man who won the FIFA World Cup as a player back in 1994 in Dunga, whose decision to sacrifice flair for all round solitary has been met with scepticism and a heap load of criticism back home. Although why anyone expected anything less from a man who spent his entire career trying to ensure the Brazil rearguard, an area of the field which has always been a weakness if you like, was well protected. So much so that Dunga has reinforced his defence by opting for two holding midfielders in Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo, a move which hasn’t gone down well with many of the natives. Accompanied by the dismissals of Adriano and Ronaldinho and some say Dunga is tarnishing the reputation of Brazilian football even though the likes of Robinho and Kaka are still at the forefront in the Brazil starting eleven

The ‘Samba Kings’ sailed through their warm up games against Zimbabwe and Tanzania in some style, recording 3-0 and 5-1 wins respectively. Of course their opponents were less than average but some of the football that was played from the Brazil team was breathtaking, so how anyone can claim Brazil have lost some of their technical roots is beyond me. Robinho appears to have his smile back after a torrid time over in England, Kaka is the man pulling all the strings in midfield and Luis Fabiano, while he hasn’t been scoring goals for fun of late, has found the net with ease in recent years and should find the goal once again against North Korea.

All the talk beforehand was how well organised and resolute Brazil are in defence under Dunga but the Brazilians have the opportunity here to express themselves in an attacking sense against a team which will look to defend for the most part and play on the counter.

 

North Korea

North Korea will partake in their first World Cup since 1966, that famous year when England last lifted the trophy aloft. Since then, there has been a number of did not enters and withdrawals, as well as a couple of failures, but they had their superior goal difference to thank for their berth into the South Africa World Cup as the ousted Saudi Arabia and Iran in Asian qualifying.

All the talk beforehand was of North Korea’s attempt to sneak another forward in the disguise of a goalkeeper. FIFA quickly stubbed out their sneaky ploy by declaring that all goalkeepers must honour their keeping duties and are not permitted to play outfield. While the underhand tactic was thwarted by those upstairs, Korea sent out an early signal of intent that they meant business in South Africa and that in no small part are they going to take to the field and roll over.

It is extremely difficult to find any sort of case for North Korea, whose best option is to stick ten men behind the ball and pray Brazil have a rare off-day in front of goal. That seems a huge ask, an almost impossible scenario, so the Koreans need to somehow conjure a few meaningful attacks during the course of the game in order to halt Brazil’s forward momentum. One man, arguably the one man, capable of lifting North Korea and producing some magic is forward Jong Tae-Se. The Kawasaki Frontale player stood out like a sore thumb during pre-World Cup internationals, scoring twice again the Greek’s in an unbelievable solo display from Tae-Se. He’s a player with absolutely no fear and will at least have an attempt from distance if given the time and space to eye up the goal.

Apart from Tae-Se, who has been dubbed as the ‘People’s Wayne Rooney’, North Korea look toothless. The vast majority of their squad, all bar three players in fact, play their football in the North Korean leagues while none whatsoever has proven so far that they’re good enough for Europe. That doesn’t bode at all well and after watching them against Nigeria just before the finals when losing 3-1, it wasn’t hard to see why. If North Korea concede early then we fear the worst.

 

Match Odds:

Brazil – 1.11 SkyBet
Draw – 11.00 Bodog
North Korea – 34.00 VCbet

 

Our Prediction: Brazil to WIN – 1.11 SkyBet

If Dunga’s Brazil don’t land the spoils in this contest it would be the biggest upset in the history of the World Cup. Even a draw would reverberate around South Africa, but that won’t happen and while no team is ever a certainty to come through, there really shouldn’t be any doubt about Brazil overhauling a talentless North Korea. Like we said earlier, this game provides the Brazil forwards with an ample opportunity to bolster their international records with a few goals if they assert themselves right from kick-off.

There are several among the Brazil team which arrive in South Africa off the back of poor domestic campaigns looking to show their worth on the international stage. While it may only be North Korea, an impressive display from the likes of Kaka, Robinho, Elano and Fabiano would rekindle their hopes and aspirations heading into next seasons domestic campaigns.

Our Recommended Bet: Robinho & Kaka Both to Score – 4.50 SkyBet




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