2014 World Cup Betting: South Korea vs. Algeria Picks & Odds

Steven Suarez

Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:16 PM GMT

Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 4:16 PM GMT

It's essentially a must-win occasion for Algeria and South Korea in this Group H tussle. It's no surprise to see the Koreans listed as the soccer betting favorites, but you may be surprised by our final selection for Sunday's match. Who are we favoring with our sports picks?

Odds Overview
South Korea is the favorite, quoted at +125 to +135 to capture an all-important outright victory. Three points would go a long way in a wide open Group H, that's for sure.

Wanting to make a play on Algeria? They're attractively priced at +250, with a draw trading at a current valuation of +215 or so. 


South Korea
The Koreans were perhaps a little fortunate to end in a 1-1 draw against Russia in their opening match. After all, Igor Akinfeev gifted them their goal, letting the ball go through his hands in the 68 minute.

You've got to stay focused throughout when protecting a lead, and that's something South Korea was unable to do. They couldn't clean up the mess in front of goal and that allowed Russia to get a deserved equalizer.

Getting a point in the first match is hardly the end of the world for the Koreans. Advancing out of Group H is there for the taking and that means there's still a ton to play for.

South Korea opted for a standard 4-4-2 formation, with Lee Young, Kim Young-Gwon, Hong Jeong-Ho and Yun Suk-Young making up the defense and Ki Sung-Yeung, Han Kook-Young, Lee Chung-Young and Koo Ja-Cheol in midfield. Park Chu-Young and Son Heung-Min were farther forward.

Possession was relatively equal between the Koreans and Russians and that figures to happen again versus Algeria. This match is going to come down to which team is opportunistic with their chances in front of goal. Does South Korea have that killer instinct?


Algeria
Unable to protect their precious one-goal advantage, the Algerians instead had to come to terms with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in their first match of the tournament.

Sofiane Feghouli, largely considered Algeria's most dangerous player, converted from the penalty spot to give his country the deserved lead. Unfortunately for the Algerians, they couldn't hold firm in the back and they looked on helplessly as the Belgians rallied for the win.

It was surely a tough loss to take for Algeria, but at least they can take solace in the fact they played some quality football and gained the respect of many with the way they approached the match.

More of the same will be required against another legitimate opponent in South Korea. The Algerians went with a 4-3-3 against Belgium, with Bentaleb, Mostefa and Taider in the midfield three and Feghouli, Soudani and Mahrez further up.

Vahid Halilhodzic's tactics clearly worked for significant parts of last week's match and we'll be eager to see if we see a similar kind of setup versus the Koreans.


World Cup Prediction
Again we have to question whether or not South Korea really deserves to be favored in this sort of manner after what we would consider a rather lackluster showing against Russia.

Despite losing, Algeria looked very menacing going forward against a strong Belgium side and their speed and attacking flair is going to present a different kind of challenge for the Koreans.

The Algerians should not be taken lightly and we firmly believe they'll put on a good account of themselves in this Group H showdown. A draw will be our prediction, meaning you may want to consider having your soccer pick be on the underdogs in this soccer betting situation.

Free Soccer Pick: South Korea 1 Algeria 1

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