South Korea vs Greece Preview – World Cup Group B preview

The second game of Group B in the 2010 World Cup sees Asia against Europe with South Korea taking on Greece on Saturday 12th June at Port Elizabath Stadium around 9:30pm Melbourne time in Nelson Mandela Bay.

These two sides last met in the 2007 in a friendly where South Korea won by a goal.

Park Ji Sung scored 5 and Park Chu Young 4 in qualifying with South Korea managing 1.57 per game while Theofanis Gekas kicked 10 goals and Angelos Charisteas 4 for the Greeks at 1.75.

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When: Saturday June 12th
Time: 9;30pm AEST Melbourne time
Where: Port Elizabeth Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay
TV: Televised live on SBS

The last meeting between these two sides resulted in a 1-0 win to South Korea in a 2007 friendly.

Last time they met
06.02.07 Greece 0-1 South Korea Friendly

Recent History
06.02.07 Greece 0-1 South Korea Friendly
21.01.06 Greece 1-1 South Korea Friendly

Latest Form

South Korea(#47)
03.06.10 Lost Spain 1-0 Friendlies Away
30.05.10 Lost Belarus 1-0 Friendlies Away
24.05.10 WON Japan 0-2 Friendlies Away
16.05.10 WON Ecuador 2-0 Friendlies Home
03.03.10 WON Ivory Coast 0-2 Friendlies Away

South Korea has been Asia’s most successful World Cup team but they only qualified for this year’s tournament on on goal difference. In recent friendlies the Koreans have lost by solitary goals to Spain and Belarus after winning their three previous matches by two goals exactly in each game.

Greece (#13)
02.06.10 Lost Paraguay 0-2 Friendlies Home
25.05.10 Draw North Korea 2-2 Friendlies Home
03.03.10 Lost Senegal 0-2 Friendlies Home
18.11.09 WON Ukraine 0-1 World Cup Qualifier Away
14.11.09 Draw Ukraine 0-0 World Cup Qualifier Home

Greece qualified for the World Cup on away goals against the Ukraine in a play-off after they failed to qualify in 2006. Recent friendlies have done little to inspire Greece’s chances at this tournament and they have only scored 3 goals in their last five games.

South Korea vs Greece Preview

South Korea
Park Ji-Sung and Park Chu-Youngis are the keys for South Korea and who can foget their phenomenal run in 2002 when they knocked off Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way to a semi-final defeat to Germany in the final four.

In 2006 South Korea were eliminated at the group stage and they will be hoping for a repeat of 2002 this year.

Seungyoul Lee, Lee Chung-Yong, Park Ji-Sung and Chu-young Park all scored goals in recent warm up matches.

Greece
Theofanis Gekas was brilliant through qualifying for the Greece landing double figure goals while the talented Sotirios Kyrgiakosare will be heavily relied upon for the Greeks during the World Cup.

Greece were European Champions in 2004 but they have only qualified for the World Cup on two occasions in 1994 and 2010 and scoring goals has been a problem for Greece in this competition.

Kostas Katsouranis and Angelos Charisteas found the net in the friendly draw with North Korea.

Sportsbet odds for South Korea and Greece

South Korea 2.80
Draw 3.10
Greece 2.62

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Match Prediction

This game has all the makings of a low scoring draw as both sides are defensively sound but one would expect South Korea to go all out for the win here as this is a pivotal game for them with Nigeria and Argentina still to come. This is a must win game for the Koreans and we think this match will finish in a draw or perhaps a one goal win to South Korea.

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