World Cup Betting: Inexperience to Affect South Korean Odds

Richard O'Hagan

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:29 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 7:29 PM GMT

South Korea's lack of experience is one of the biggest factors weighing against their chances to move on to the Round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup. Can they come together and pull it off?

 

South Korea reached the second round in the 2010 Finals and are the most successful Asian side, having been to the Finals more times than anyone else and having qualified for the eighth successive time this time around. However, it is arguable that they have failed to build upon reaching the semi-finals as co-hosts in 2002 and remain an unpredictable quantity at this stage.

Qualifying for them was blighted by inconsistent selection, leading to defeat against Lebanon leaving their qualification hopes by a thread and the sacking of coach Cho Kwang-Rae. Things have stabilised under new leader Hong Myung-Bo but they still lack the experience of playing together as a team that some other sides have.

Drawn into Group H, they will need to take points from both Belgium and Russia if they are to progress. With both of those sides already looking much stronger than the Koreans, the best bet here is to back them to go out at the group stage, with the best price being 1.55 with 888.com. Indeed, their only real hope of progressing could be if Russia are kicked out of the tournament for political reasons and replaced by a weaker side, but that really is a long shot.

Their best chance of points comes against the fourth team in the group, Algeria. But the Algerians can be tough to break down and it should be a close game. For that reason, back them to pick up both three and one point in the group stage, at 4.5 with Stan James and 7.0 with 888.com respectively.

With the makeup of the side so volatile, picking a likely top goalscorer is going to be tricky, so on this occasion do back the favourite, Park Chu-Young, at odds of 6.0 with BetVictor.

Finally, note that, officially, South Korea are competing as Korea Republic and will appear as such with a lot of bookmakers.

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