Uruguay v South Korea Preview: Odds & Betting Tips – Saturday, 26th June
Uruguay v South Korea Betting Odds
Port Elizabeth Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth
Kick Off: 15:00 GMT
World Cup Second Round: With the South American nations doing so well at the World Cup, Uruguay, who won Group A without conceding a goal, look strong contenders to push on through to 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals. After looking a strong side in all aspects of their game in Group A, they will fancy their chances of progressing as they face Group B runner’s-up South Korea in their second round match. Uruguay’s victory in their final group match, a 1-0 win over Mexico, ensured that they finished first in the group, which meant that they avoid Argentina. They have landed themselves the much easier reward of taking on the unpredictable South Koreans instead. That is the importance of winning your group, and Uruguay will start this match as strong favourites. After putting in a solid defensive effort against France in their first match of South Africa 2010, Uruguay have grown in confidence, pushing three forwards up front, led by two times European top scorer, Diego Forlan. The former Manchester United striker has bagged himself two goals along the way, and he could well be in the running for Golden Boot if Uruguay progress. He has the benefit of playing alongside youngster Luis Suarez and form a dangerous partnership when they have just two up front. This is the versatility of Uruguay, who were the last team to qualify for South Africa 2010, but were the first side to win their group and put their names in the second round.
They look as if they have what it takes to go far, as they look a strong all round team. They really get stuck in in the midfield area, and that disrupts other teams well. They are also good tactically as they can attack quickly or sit back and soak up pressure. Knowing that they can rely on the goal scoring instincts of Forlan and Suarez, they look a comfortable and confident side which can carve out plenty of openings in match when needed to. Coach Oscar Tabarez has to take a lot of credit for the development of Uruguay as a team, as they work together and fight hard. They negated the pace of Mexico quite well, completely taking the sting out of the main weapon that the Central American’s had. They will again face quite a speedy team as they take on South Korea, but with Korea only picking up one win, and shipping a lot of goals in the progress, the tighter unit of the Uruguayans already look strong favourites. The Uruguayans netted four times in the three group matches, with Forlan leading the way with two, and are ranking well up there on the list of teams having the most attempts at goal. While there were concerns over their temperament, they have conceded very few fouls in the tournament, far less than England, but their passing success rate and passing count have not been high at all. This means they are composed in what they are doing, which is letting the opponents have the ball, and then breaking quickly, so that makes them a threat. They just hinted at being a dark horse, simply because they had a relatively easy group, and by winning it and landing a good second round draw against South Korea, they should be kept an eye on.
Coach Huh Jung-Moo is not settling for anything. He is demanding and expecting that his team reach the semi finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is only the second time in eight World Cup appearances that South Korea have made it to the second round, and with a mixed bag of results in their group, there is an air of unpredictability about them which makes them quite a dangerous side. After opening their campaign with quite a comfortable victory over the defensive Greeks, the South Koreans were on the bruising end of a 4-1 result against Argentina. In their last match, just holding onto second place by goal difference, Korea found themselves in a tougher battle than they expected against Nigeria, which played out to a 2-2 draw. The South Koreans are wobbly at the back, but at the same time know where the opposition goal lies. The coach will need to tighten them up at the back somehow if they are to get past Uruguay, as the South Americans have the technical ability to expose any kind of weaknesses back there. With Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung running things for South Korea, they are quite an entertaining side to watch, one way or the other.
It is unlikely that they will have the overall solid game to beat Uruguay, but they will be adventurous in attack and they need to be. But they also need to be aware of the counter attacking threat which Uruguay possess, and that means South Korea will need to step up their concentration levels, not only in defence, but in the midfield area as well, doing a better job of keeping hold of the ball. South Korea, who came into the tournament in pretty sharp form, have found the back of the net 5 times in their three matches so far, but at the same time they have conceded six. Compare that to Uruguay’s three clean sheets and you can see the way this second round match is expected to go. The Koreans have been enterprising enough to be third in the chart of attempts on goal, with 47 efforts. However, one of their downfalls has been in ball retention as they have completed only 68% of their passes, which actually is a bit higher than Uruguay, but the South American play a much stronger game at the back and then break forward. Expect lots of energy from South Korea, and they should create chances. Their best chance of success will probably be in their adventure in attacking.
World Cup Second Round Betting Tip: Diego Forlan Anytime Scorer – 6/4 at Paddy Power
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