Portugal vs North Korea preview – Group G

world cup match previewsPortugal will face North Korea in their second round Group G match of the 2010 World Cup on Monday 21st June at 9:30pm Melbourne time at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

Portugal last played North Korea in the 1966 World Cup where they scored a 5-3 victory in the Quarter-Finals at Goodison Park in Liverpool after being down by 3 goals at one stage in the game.

Portugal had a 0-0 draw with the Ivory Coast in their opening match while North Korea performed very well to go down 2-1 at the hands on Brazil

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When: Monday 21st June
Time: 9:30pm AEST Midnight Melbourne time
Where: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Televised live on SBS

Last time they met
23-07-66 World Cup Portugal 5-3 North Korea (Korea DPR)

Recent History
23-07-66 World Cup Portugal 5-3 North Korea (Korea DPR)

Portugal and North Korea World Cup form

Portugal 0-0 Ivory Coast

WCI Rating: 6.0
1st half: 3.0
2nd half: 3.0

Defensively they were superb and continually thwarted the Africans forays forward but they avoided the physical contest at all costs and were pushed off the ball quite easily by the Ivory Coast.

North Korea
North Korea 1-2 Brazil
55m Maicon (Br)
72m Elano (Br)
88m Yun-Nam Ji (NK)

WCI Rating: 6.0
1st half: 3.0
2nd half: 3.0

North Korea would have surprised many with their tenacity and willingness to take it up to the Brazilians in this match and they even had a goal to show for their efforts.

Portugal vs North Korea Preview

Portugal will be on the offensive in this game as they face Brazil next match and will see this game as their best chance of a win.

North Korea are likely to harass a Portugal side that don’t appreciate the physical contest and could make things very difficult for the Portuguese.

Sportsbet odds for Portugal vs North Korea

Portugal 1.33
Draw 4.75
North Korea 10.00

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Portugal vs North Korea Match Prediction

This is a game Portugal should win all things being equal but as this World Cup has already shown us, it doesn’t always work out that way.

North Korea will make Portugal work hard which they won’t appreciate and if the Koreans bring the same game they used to great affect against Brazil then this will be no walkover for Portugal.

In a game fraught with danger considering North Korea could still be out for revenge for their 1966 loss and with Portugal at no value, we choose to sit this one out and wait for a better opportunity on another game.

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