South Korea v Greece Best Odds, Tips and Predictions

11th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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Theofanis Gekas Looks To Break Greece World Cup Duck

Yep, this is Greece, the team that failed to score a single goal at the 2006 World Cup, the only European side to have not found the back of the net at the tournament. Ironically at the 2006 World Cup, they were in a group which contained Argentina and Nigeria, who they face again in 2010. But they start their campaign this time against relatively unknown opposition in South Korea, only having met twice before in International friendly matches. To be honest, this is one of those matches which offer some contrasting approaches to the game. Greece, as hinted at in the above stat, are not a team to come out an entertain the crowds and score a lot of goals. That is the perception of the Greeks, who did actually hit an average of two goals per game in their European group, and that was largely down to star striker Theo Gekas, who bagged ten of those goals on his own during a mightily impressive campaign. The Greeks finished behind Switzerland in the group, and only secured second spot on the final day. That threw them into a play-off situation against the Ukraine, who were hotly tipped to reach the World Cup finals. However, the Greeks gave the Ukrainians the real Greek treatment of playing tight, unexpansive football, and went and snatched themselves and away goal winner in the second leg. That is the big threat from Greece, squeezing the life out of the opposition and pouncing quickly on the counter punch. If Greece ever grab themselves an early goal, you can pretty much expect a nine men behind the ball for the rest of the match. The way to the first ever Greek World Cup goal will be through an aerial attack.

Another reason why you are not going to see too much football played at pace from Otto Rehhagel’s Greece, is that the nucleus of the team is a veteran one. The engine room and the heart of the Greek team, is 33 year old midfielder and captain Georgios Karagounis. Yes, Rehhagel miraculously led Greece victory at the 2004 European Championships, and the ethics of the team is still there. The other team can’t win if they can’t score. There is a degree of pressure on the Greeks going into the tournament, as the entire nation will sigh a breath of relief as soon as they net their first ever World Cup goal. Chances are that will come from 30 year old striker Theo Gekas. Interestingly Greece are the tallest side at the World Cup apparently, and the South Korean back line don’t quite measure up in the height department. The goal should come in this match, but it’s hard to see them winning. What the ambitions are for Greece is a little hard to judge, but a goal would certainly be the starting point, and then maybe a place in the second round? At first glance, they were given a relatively easy draw, it could have been a lot harder for them. But for a team who like to grind out results in an industrious manner, they will have to be at their efficient and mean best to get a result against their Asian opponents. They need a repeat showing of exactly how Uruguay frustrated France, but the funny thing is, bookmakers are favouring Greece over South Korea in World Cup odds.

National Hero Ji-Sung Park Captain of South Korea Destiny

South Korea came through the Asian qualification zone without losing a match, winning seven of their eight games. They will be a sprightly foe for Greece to try and neutralise, as shown in their build up work in a recent 1-0 loss against Spain, and a victory over the Ivory Coast. Greece, on the other hand, lost to Paraguay and Senegal in their build up, and could only draw with North Korea. Manchester United’s Ji-Sung Park is the star player in the South Korean side, and he is worshipped wherever he goes in his home nation. Their most famous export will bear a lot of weigh on his shoulder, but the 29 year old should not have too much to worry about. One thing that South Korea possess is passion, and they will bring that to the table along with speed and determination. Oh, they can also play some attractive football, and could well spark a serious challenge for one of the top two spots in the group. There is a lot at stake in what could well be a demonstration of Attack v Defence Group B match. Both sides will see this as one of their best opportunities to pick up points in the race for second place. Both would be expected to take points off Nigeria, and so that would leave a South Korea v Greece race to finish second behind Argentina.

That is how it is all expected to pan out of course. The first two games of the World Cup on Friday, showed just how cagey and nervy teams can be. This is likely to be the same, and if South Korea do manage to win this, it really will not come as much of a shock when you look over the stats below, and are a great tip to back in this group, and in their matches. Remember their fourth place finish in 2002? Remember them holding France to a draw in 2006? South Korea are still waiting on the fitness of striker Lee Dong-Gook, and it would be a bigger boost if he comes through. Out of the two teams, South Korea have the more experience, and should have more goals in them than Greece.

South Korea v Greece Betting Odds and Stats

Last 5 Matches
Greece 0, Paraguay 2
Greece 2, Korea DPR 2
Greece 0, Senegal 2
Ukraine 0, Greece 1
Greece 0, Ukraine 0

Spain 1, South Korea 0
South Korea 0, Belarus 1
Japan 0, South Korea 2
South Korea 2, Ivory Coast 0
South Korea 1, Latvia 0

Last 5 Match Goals
Greece: 3 For, 6 Against
South Korea: 5 For, 2 Against

Recent Form
Greece: P50, W25, D8, L17 with a 50.% win percentage
South Korea: P10, W6, D1, L3 with a 60.0% win percentage

World Cup Stats
Greece: P3, W0, D0, L3, GF0, GA10
South Korea: P24, W4, D7, L13, GF22, GA53

Last 10 Match Form

Greece to win: 7/4 at Ladbrokes
Draw: 21/10 at Bet365
South Korea to win: 2/1 at Boylesports

Asian Handicap Betting tip: Hard to pick out any fantastic odds anywhere for this match to be honest. You may as well just go for an outright. But the best thing that was spotted is odds of around 1/2 at Bet365 is a fair bet, as it gives you the best value on a safe bet of South Korea not losing.

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