Japan V South Korea Betting: International Friendly

23rd May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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Japan V South Korea

International Friendly
Monday, 24th May – 11:15 GMT
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It’s an all Asian battle tomorrow, as two bitter foes clash ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa next month. Japan, whom suffered a bitter tasting 3-1 defeat to South Korea in the Asian Championships, not the European equivalent to the UEFA European Championships, back in February earlier this year. So revenge will be in order as the Japanese provide travellers South Korea with a hostile reception despite Monday’s encounter being a mere friendly.

 

Japan

It’s been a turbulent 2010 for Japan, whom after cruising through qualification and into the first African World Cup without too much fuss, have endured a frustrating build up ahead of the finals in June. Japan coach Takeshi Okada will demand a committed performance from his team tomorrow with Japan’s first World Cup clash with Cameroon on June 14th in mind. 2010 has, however, been somewhat of a year to forget thus far, although that can easily corrected with some hard work in South Africa in a few weeks time.

At the beginning of the year, Japan partook in the East Asian Championship were all they could muster was one win from three games, with that solitary success coming against a less than ordinary Hong Kong. The defeat of Hong Kong in February remains one of only two victories Japan have tasted this year, with the other coming in an Asian Cup Qualifier against Bahrain back in March, with Okada’s men finishing as 2-0 winners. It was, however, a little over a month ago that Japan endured one of their more embarrassing friendly losses when succumbing to a 3-0 defeat against a Serbia team consisting of mainly fringe players and no European stars. It was a defeat which may well have scarred some of the Japan players mentally but it’s a defeat they must and could get out of their system against South Korea tomorrow, aiding their South Africa transition in the process.

It was only last week that Japan coach Takeshi Okada made some audacious claims that Japan were targeting a semi-final finish, what would be Japan’s personal best in a World Cup should they defy the odds in South Africa next month. Okada made some bold claims and raised both the expectations levels back home as well as increasing the pressure levels within his own camp. On Monday, Japan will be put to the test against another Asian team heading to the finals next month, and after a troublesome 2010, it remains to be seen as to whether Japan will head to South Africa with some positive aurora.

 

South Korea

I’m sure a large number of you will remember the 2002 World Cup finals which were held in Korea and Japan, where South Korea embarked on a momentus journey into the semi-finals only to be refused final participation by the Golden Goal rule at the expense of Italy. A worldwide renowned Guus Hiddink was at the helm in 2002, Huh Jung-Moo grasped the opportunity to fill Hiddink’s huge shoes and began well, guding South Korea, or Korea Republic, to the 2010 finals in South Africa with an air of confidence, thus ensuring the country would participate in their seventh consecutive World Cup finals.

South Korea were remarkably clinical during qualifying, often winning their qualifiers by the odd goal, butit’s the sheer fact the country will be making their seventh successive appearance in the finals which will install a great deal of confidence and honour into the Korean team ahead of a big summer of football for the country. They started the year with a sour note however, finishing as the runners-up in the East Asian Championships, after losing to China in the final after earlier beating Japan 3-1. Jung-Moo didn’t allow his players to get down about their near miss however, as in South Korea’s next match they beat Les Elephants 2-0 out in Ivory Coast – South Korea’s most impressive pre-World Cup friendly result up till now although victory tomorrow might eclipse their Ivory Coast feat. A little over a week ago, on May 16th, South Korea despatched of Ecuador from South America in comfortable fashion, beating an improving Ecuador team 2-0 on home soil.

The Koreans have enjoyed the better football in 2010, while their two friendly victory’s in March and May will stand them in good stead ahead of this Japan tester, as well as raise the roof in regards to the confidence levels of the players. Jung-Moo will be looking for his third successive friendly success on Monday, a hat-trick of positive results, and victory against one of Korea’s biggest Asian rivals would ensure their pre-World Cup preparations remain on track, and possibly even ahead of schedule.

 

Match Odds:

Japan – 2.15 bWin
Draw – 3.30 Bet365
South Korea – 3.60 WilliamHill

 

Our Prediction: Draw (0-0)

Tomorrow’s all-Asian clash is expected to be tight and scrappy, with free-flowing football and exciting goalmouth action possibly at a premium. Neither of these two teams were especially prolific during their successful qualifying campaigns while both tend to play with an air of caution. A low scoring draw and both parties head back to camp happy.

Our Recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.60 Bet365




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