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

Richard O'Hagan

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:42 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 6:42 PM GMT

The group stages of Brazil 2014 come to an end with the final matches in Group H and, in truth, they deserved a better finale than this match up between two of the most disappointing sides in the tournament.

There was a lot of money riding on Belgium going into this tournament after their performances in the past couple of years. Whilst we don’t often blow our own trumpets here, we urged caution, picking them as a team on a downswing, and this is exactly the form that they have shown.

They laboured past Algeria in their opening game, going behind, and then needing a major tactical rethink to come out ahead (indeed, they only won because their opponents became overconfident and gave away a breakaway goal) and didn’t look any better in edging past Russia in their second game.

Their place in the second round is already assured, but scarcely deserved.

South Korea, meanwhile, seem to have reverted to being the shambles that they were in qualifying. Tactically bereft, they found themselves 3-0 to Algeria by half time in their last game. Their defence looks shakier than a wobble board, their midfield is almost non-existent and yet they could still qualify for round two with a big win in this game.

That’s an outcome that the market finds unlikely, with Belgium priced at a best of 1.87 with Boylesport and the Koreans as long as 5.25 at Bet365.

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The market isn’t predicting a goal feast, either, with under 2.5 currently trading at a best of 1.85 with Betway. However, with the Korean defence being so shoddy, the over 2.5 option at 2.05 with BetVictor is definitely worth considering.

Another option is to look at the half time/full time market, where you can get 2.9 (again at BetVictor) on Belgium both leading at the half and at full time. That is probably the best value World Cup bet out there on a Belgium win.

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