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

Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:16 PM UTC

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

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?
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#000000"><iframe width="560" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=20684" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></span></p> <p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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 target="_blank" title="Group H Odds: Wide-Open Affair With Belgium in Driver's Seat" href="/picks/more-sports/group-h-odds-wide-open-affair-belgium-driver-s-seat/40250/">a wide open Group H</a>, that's for sure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">South Korea<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a target="_blank" title="This bettor points out Son Heung Min's speed" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/2904741-russia-v-south-korea-whats-deal.html#post22079081">Son Heung-Min</a> were farther forward.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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. <a target="_blank" title="Our early predictions for Korea focused on their inexperience" href="/picks/more-sports/world-cup-betting-inexperience-affect-south-korean-odds/38667/">Does South Korea have that killer instinct</a>?</span></p> <p><br /><b style="font-size:1em">Algeria<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Unable to protect their precious one-goal advantage, <a target="_blank" title="Here's an Algeria World Cup team preview video" href="/video/soccer-picks-team-algeria-preview-v-19640/">the Algerians</a> instead had to come to terms with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in their first match of the tournament.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a target="_blank" title="Our free pick for Belgium vs. Russia, another Group H match" href="/picks/more-sports/2014-world-cup-betting-belgium-vs-russia-picks-odds/40268/">the Belgians rallied for the win</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">World Cup Prediction<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a target="_blank" title="Be sure to visit the main soccer page for more World Cup betting advice" href="/picks/more-sports/">your soccer pick</a> be on the underdogs in this soccer betting situation.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Free Soccer Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">South Korea 1 Algeria 1</span></p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":252049, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]
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