Nigeria v South Korea Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Tuesday, 22nd June (Group B)
Nigeria v South Korea Betting Odds
Nigeria will need to call upon their last resources of resilience to ignite any faint glimmer of hope of qualifying for the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They need to finish off a disappointing campaign so far with a convincing win against South Korea. They have been disappointing so far, and look a former shadow of themselves and the two defeats have left them floundering at the bottom of Group B. Their confidence will have been hurt even further after losing the lead against Greece in their second match, going on to lose 2-1, which pretty much ended their realistic hopes of qualifying. While they need a win to pick up their first three points, it is hard to see them getting it against a lively South Korean side. Nigeria, who disappointed at the African Cup of Nations, did not have a great build up to the World Cup, and they simply look as if they lack the quality to challenge. There is a chance that they, along with South Korea and Greece could all end up on three points in the group, but that would all start with a win for Nigeria. It would need to be a good one to, as they need to improve in the race of goal different.
Coach Lars Lagerback looks to be doing all he can with the current generation of Nigeria players, and he may finally call upon the services of Portsmouth’s striker Kanu, who has been left on the bench for the first two games. There is nothing left to lose for Nigeria, who may as well try and go out with a bang, and hope that Greece lose against Argentina (which is more than likely). This means you may see them openly attack a lot more, as nothing less than three points will suffice in this situation. They have played themselves into problems, and it looks as if they will have an uphill struggle in getting out of them. The quality does not appear to be there, even with such a respected coach at the helm. The task is made harder by the fact that South Korea will be tough opponents, as they need to be pushing hard for the three points that will ensure they cling onto second place as well.
Nigeria World Cup Betting: Well, they are going to have to go for it. Going down to ten men against Greece really blew their chances. Maybe they will put on a show now they are going for broke and the pressure really is off. They are not as good as side as South Korea however, and therefore, the best betting advice would be to look at Nigeria in a plus Asian Handicap to get something out of them. Even then, if they play an open game, South Korea have the speed to exploit them at the back.
Nigeria World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W0, D0, L2
Cards: Y2, R1
Most Shots: Three players, 4
Top Scorer: Kalu Uche, 1
Shots/On Goal: 21/5
Fouls Committed: 23
Total Passes: 742
Pass Completion: 67%
South Korea were dealt a hammer blow when they crumbled to a 4-1 defeat against Argentina. That will have put a dent in their confidence, one would think, but you would still fancy them to get through to the second round. They currently sit in second place in the group on three points, knowing that as long as they better Greece’s result against Nigeria, they will get through. They were the favourites to join Argentina in the second round from Group B, and the group is expected to play out that way. They may have to pick themselves up, but it shouldn’t be too hard, as they would have expected a tough game against Argentina, but will be a little disappointed in themselves that it was such as heavy defeat. Still, out of South Korea an Nigeria, the Africans will have been hurt more after blowing a lead against a team who were still looking for their first ever World Cup goal.
The slight advantage in the group is being held by South Korea, who could get through with just a draw against Nigeria, if Greece lose to Argentina as expected. They also have the better team than Nigeria, and carried some pretty good form into the World Cup with them. Manchester United’s Park Ji Sung will probably be very influential in this game, as the nation turns to him. The Captain of the national side, he is a hero in his home country, idolised by the South Koreans. South Korea play with good energy and pace, and it is enough to trouble sides, as shown in their comfortable 2-0 victory over Greece in their first match. They will simply brush themselves off after the Argentina result and move on. Coach Huh Jung Moo will have his players ready, and they have the verve to cause the Nigerians problems, who may find themselves mired in another frustrating match.
South Korea World Cup Betting: Worth backing them To Qualify from the group, as well as winning this match. They should have the legs and the energy over a demoralised Nigeria, although it may take until the second half for the game to really open up. South Korea won’t rest on their laurels and bank on Argentina beating Greece, as the Asian side should have enough confidence to go out and book their own destiny. Worth backing outright in this match, and probably even looking at a Draw No Bet if you want some coverage.
South Korea World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P2, W1, D0, L1
Cards: Y2, R0
Most Shots: Park Chu Young, 8
Top Scorer: Three players, 1
Shots/On Goal: 31/9
Fouls Committed: 33
Total Passes: 835
Pass Completion: 65%
Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Online bookmakers have this one as quite a close contest, and really don’t know which way to swing. Just like the standings in the group, South Korea have just a very slight overall advantage across the board in terms of World Cup odds for this one. Would edge South Korea just in this market as well.
South Korea 00.25 for 11/8 at Bet365
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