Portugal v North Korea Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Monday, 21st June (Group G)

20th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Portugal

Portugal will again look to star player Cristiano Ronaldo to lift them out of their perceived troubles. Ronaldo himself though will have to watch his step, after he picked up a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity against the Ivory Coast, which an appeal failed to overturn. One more yellow for him and he would miss their third and final match of the group against Brazil. Well, first things first, and Portugal need to show much more craft and guile than they did when they played out one of dullest draws of the first round of group fixtures. They tied with the Ivory Coast 0-0, with neither side looking like they were really interested in pressing forward and taking the game by the horns. In such a vital match, where victory would have given either side a huge advantage in the group, neither wanted to go for it. A predictable goal less draw ensued, with very little in the way of goal mouth action. One thing which stood out about Portugal, is that they lacked a spark of inspiration, and their negative play even rubbed off on Cristiano Ronaldo, who faded from the game fairly quickly. He created the most exciting moment of the match when he crashed a wicked long range shot against the wood work.

Portugal had tough times at the start of European qualification, lacking goals and leaking them at the back. However, they turned that around, picking up some good results in the end, without ever looking too impressive or free flowing. They did show a lot of grit and determination though, qualities which many thought they would lack as they fought back to finish second in their group. Again they will need to show some of that fighting quality, especially if the Ivory Coast manage to get anything out of Brazil in their Group F match. The lack of creativity and poor final balls, will be worrying coach Carlos Queiroz as he will have seen how stubborn North Korea were against Brazil. Even though they have Ronaldo, Portugal look as if they are lacking true world class up front, and surprisingly Simao was left on the bench in favour of Dani, who failed to make any kind of impact. The situation is clear for Portugal. They need to win, and they also need to fire some goals in against North Korea, as this is the one group where goal difference could be a very thin line between reaching the second round or not.

Portugal World Cup Betting.
The Europeans do not look as if they have that many goals in them. They will need to show the same patience that Brazil did against the disciplined North Koreans and keep plugging away. When things weren’t going right for them against the Ivory Coast however, they sort of lost their shape and their way, and faded away from the game. They cannot afford to do that if they want to get through, and in a World Cup of upsets, is there just a hint of one here? A draw would be a remarkable result for North Korea, but you have to fancy Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo just to battle through and edge this one. Winning is the priority, even though a hatful of goals would serve them well. Back them to win, as that is their priority, and Ronaldo as anytime scorer is always worth a punt.

Portugal World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W0, D1, L0
GF/GA: 0/0
Cards: Y1, R0
Most Shots: Cristiano Ronaldo, 3
Top Scorer: N/A
Shots/On Goal: 7/2
Fouls Committed: 13
Total Passes: 543
Pass Completion: 79%

North Korea

North Korea were one of the nice surprises of the first round of group matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a surprising way. You could physically see how much respect that Brazil were paying them before, during and after the match, and the incredibly disciplined Asians stood up to the mighty South Americans very well for periods of the game. They were never threatening to win the game or anything, but they sure made Brazil work for the win. Brazil have a better work ethic than Portugal, so if the North Koreans can push Portugal deep into the second half at 0-0, then we will see the Portuguese getting very edgy and nervy. Quite how North Korea stuck to their game plan, formation and tactics against Brazil, and bagged themselves a consolation goal in the process, was a mystery, but actually a joy to watch. They really contributed to the game and the atmosphere through dare we say, almost military like precision and discipline.

North Korea World Cup Betting. They won’t be expected to get anything out of any of their group matches to be honest, but if they turn out another impressive defensive performance, then they will again be able to hold their heads high. Big underdogs, but they could frustrate and cause Portugal head aches for long periods of the match. Due to Portugal’s lack of impetus up front, bookmaker odds are actually being quite generous to the Asian nation.

North Korea World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W0, D0, L1
GF/GA: 1/2
Cards: Y0, R0
Most Shots: Jong Tae Se, 4
Top Scorer: Ji Yun Nam, 1
Shots/On Goal: 11/3
Fouls Committed: 10
Total Passes: 362
Pass Completion: 66%

Portugal v North Korean Betting Odds

Portugal to win: 4/11 at Bet365
Draw: 4/1 at BetFred
Korea DPR: 10/1 at SkyBet

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Thought you would see North Korea take a price of 7/5 (with Paddy Power) into a match against Portugal? Well, that’s what you can get, and no doubt punters will jump on that, just for the sheer enjoyment of seeing North Korea hold out for a draw. You can even stretch the above handicap out a little more and still find pretty decent value. This is backing the Koreans to hold out to lose by no more than one, but you’ll lose only half your stake if they lose by two.
North Korea +1.75 for 10/11 at Victor Chandler
 

 

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