World Cup 2018 - SOUTH KOREA I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis
South Korea goes into Group F at the 2018 World Cup as a dangerous underdog, facing teams from Germany, Mexico and Sweden in their first three matches. In all likelihood, during the World Cup in Russia they will be battling it out with the latter two teams in a bid to move on to the round-of-16. We will share with you our opinion about the most promising bets involving South Korea in this tournament. We will also provide you with the most important information about the South Korean 2018 World Cup squad and how they performed during qualifying.
Content on this page
- World Cup tips and prognosis
- Our Top 3 Betting Tips for South Korea
- Roster analysis
- Qualification and form check
- Previous final round participations
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- 18.06.2018 | 13:00 | South Korea - Sweden
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- 23.06.2018 | 16:00 | South Korea - Mexico
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- 27.06.2018 | 15:00 | South Korea - Germany
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What South Korea bets do we recommend for the 2018 World Cup?
The 2018 World Cup begins for South Korea with its most important matches in the entire tournament. This Asian team kicks off against Sweden, in a match in which they will be clear underdogs. A bet on the South Koreans winning this match is currently being quoted odds of 3.80 by Bwin. The fact that this particular bookmaker deems them to be an absolute underdog in Group F is also reflected in the odds of 4.25 they are offering for them to win their second group match.
However, if you prefer risky bets, you should certainly consider betting on the success of the men under Tae-Yong Shin. The odds offered by bwin are excellent, especially when compared with those from British bookmaker betvictor, which, with regards to the potential of a Korean victory over Sweden, are currently 3.50. So, if you are planning to bet on individual matches involving South Korea at the 2018 World Cup, you should certainly consider turning to Bwin. In terms of betting, the team from Asia represents a particularly big challenge, since we cannot assume that they will make it beyond the round-of-16 at the World Cup in Russia. Why? Because, they would in all probability be awaited in that round by record World Cup winner Brazil, which assumes that the Koreans were able to take second place in Group F.
If this should occur and you have beted accordingly, you will receive excellent odds at 1xbet of 5.30. The odds for South Korea finishing third in the group are 3.40, while those for them finishing in last place are still quite high, with 1xbet willing to spit out 1.95. If you bet on the Asians being eliminated, you will be quoted odds of 3.3. This is why we recommend betting on them finishing third or fourth in their group, coupled with one on them making it into the next round and on them being eliminated. If you combine all of these betting opportunities, regardless of the outcome you can look forward to a return on your investment at 1xbet. Here, too, we should draw a comparison with other bookies on the market. At 888sport, if you bet on South Korea finishing second in their group behind Germany at the 2018 World Cup, you will be quoted excellent odds of 5.00.
In South Korea’s group phase, we also see the opportunity to bet on the number of points they earn. Here, the likes of interwetten offer the opportunity to bet on South Korea accumulating more/less than 2.5 points at the 2018 World Cup. Both bets are receiving odds of 1.85. You should certainly also keep an eye open for opportunities to bet on the best team from the Asian continent, since their toughest competition in this regard will come from Japan and Iran, who will be competing in groups that feature Poland, Colombia and Senegal on the one hand, and Morocco, Spain and Portugal on the other. In both instances, those two teams have a difficult task ahead of them.
Our Top 3 Betting Tips for South Korea
- To finish Group F ranked 3rd
- To gain under 2.5 points in the group stage
- In the match against Germany: Under 2.5 goals overall
What roster will the South Koreans be fielding at the 2018 World Cup?
Generally, selections for the 2018 World Cup will be announced just a few weeks before the start of the tournament. This also holds true, of course, for the South Korean World Cup squad. However, we would like to take a closer look at a few of their regular starters, key players, their system as well as their potential strengths and weaknesses. We begin our analysis of the South Korean squad with the goal-keeper position: Here, we see – especially in comparison to all of their other group opponents at the World Cup – that Korea is at a clear disadvantage.
This is shown, as previously mentioned, in the goals-against which they conceded during qualifying. Seung-Gyu Kim played in all 10 qualifying matches. We also see a problem in the fact that, in recent years, many players on the Korean squad have left the top European leagues and returned either to Korea or the Asian region. Examples of this include ex-Dortmund player Ju-ho Park and ex-Hoffenheimer Jin-sun Kim. Likewise, in their defensive ranks we see no great hopes for the Korean roster.
Last but not least, their inferior physical capabilities will likely play a role against teams such as Sweden and Germany, but also Mexico. If we look for a showpiece on the South Korean team, it is undoubtedly at midfield, which is strongly tailored to a single player, namely Tottenham star Heung-Min Son. His counterpart on the wing might well be Chung-Yong Lee (Crystal Palace), yet another veteran of English soccer, while the midfield will be secured by his teammate Sung-Yong Ki. The decisive passes will hopefully come from Ja-Cheol Koo of FC Augsburg.
Important: all of the aforementioned players are very flexible in how they can be deployed, able to change positions at a moment’s notice, which makes South Korea’s play difficult to predict. In general, the offense on this Asian team lives from the technical proficiency and dynamism of individual players. However, there really isn’t a top-flight player to be seen. Hee-Chan Wang of RB Salzburg was a big hope for the Koreans, but he has been constantly plagued by injury. The team’s lack of a true top-quality attacker was clearly visible during qualifying if we look at total individual goal tallies: not a single player was able to score more than two goals in 10 matches. In this regard, the best players were the aforementioned Sung-Yong Ki and Ja-Cheol Koo, each successfully hitting the back of the net twice.
How did South Korea perform during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup?
South Korea’s performance during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup was not outstanding, though quite confident. In the end, in Group A they did manage to earn 15 points from 10 matches, taking second place behind Iran. That said, after those 10 matches they were a hefty 7 points back of the group winner. During their qualifying matches, we noticed particular problems on the defensive end. They gave up a total of 10 goals-against, with only bottom-feeder Qatar performing worse amongst participants in all the World Cup qualifying groups.
In contrast, South Korea fielded the best offense and was able to celebrate 11 goals, but even as a goal-scoring threat they were unable to establish a significant advantage over their competition from Iran and Syria. They certainly performed well at the beginning of the World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia, celebrating clear victories against Lebanon (1:0) and Kuwait (3:0). This was followed by a 3:2 success against China. But as the results show, as soon as the strength of the opponents improved, they had a harder time of it: against Syria (0:0) and Iran (0:1). In the end, South Korea relied upon the points it had been able to earn at the beginning of qualifying. In fact, in their final 5 encounters they were only able to manage a single win, in a key match against Syria (1:0), with that team ultimately finishing the qualifying phase just two points behind South Korea.
Particularly notable: In the first matches, they had a strong defensive performance, which then declined significantly, with stability in Korean play only returning towards the end of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, not conceding a single goal against Iran (0:0) or Uzbekistan (0:0). The fact is: Against each of its opponents in Group A of World Cup qualifying, South Korea was able to capture at least one point. However, it is also a fact that they chalked up all of their wins in front of a home crowd, an advantage they will not have at the World Cup in Russia, which certainly does not speak in favor of South Korea. That is also the case when we view their results in international friendlies played during the qualifying period for Russia 2018. This included a clear 1:6 defeat against former world champion Spain.
Also against Russia (2:4) and Serbia (1:1), they did not manage to pull out one victory. This particular piece of information is important, from our perspective, above all because, as we have mentioned, South Korea will be going up against Germany and Sweden during the group phase of the 2018 World Cup, with both of those teams at least as good as the teams from Spain and World Cup host Russia.
How has South Korea performed at big tournaments prior to the 2018 World Cup in Russia?
South Korea’s World Cup history first began in Switzerland in 1954. Until 1948, the country was still part of Japan and not entitled to field their own team. In 1966, they withdrew from World Cup qualifying, since FIFA only wanted to grant the Asian Football Association a single slot in the finals. In 1986 in Mexico, they were eliminated in the preliminary round as the last in their group, while at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, they did not manage to earn a single point. However: Since the World Cup in Mexico, the Koreans have participated in all of the World Cup finals. And we should not forget their home World Cup in 2002, when they sensationally made it into the semifinals and ultimately fell just short of taking third-place in the consolation match against Turkey.
In 2006, just as in 2014, they were eliminated in the preliminary round, while they did manage to make it into the knockout phase of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, before being eliminated in the round-of-16 by Uruguay. In our opinion, reaching this round is the most we can expect of the South Korean team at the World Cup in Russia. However, there is no doubt that they are one of the best teams in Asia currently, as reflected in their showing in the most recent Asian championships which took place in 2015, when they finished as runners-up. In that same year, South Korea was also able to celebrate after it won the title of East Asian Champion.
*All odds: status 14.02.2018