May 12, 2014
South Korea cannot be underestimated at the World Cup as they are a very competitive unit who play well together as a team.
They finished fourth in the 2002 World Cup as hosts but have yet to reach those lofty heights in subsequent tournaments, although they made the knockout stages four years ago in South Africa before losing to Uruguay who went on to finish fourth.
South Korea find themselves pitted against Algeria, Belgium and Russia in Group H and while they would be expected to match it with the Algerians, the chances of beating the two European teams might prove beyond them in South America.
Belgium is a hot favourite to win this group and if South Korea is to get through, it will have to be at the expense of Russia and Algeria, assuming Belgium finishes on top.
The South Koreans are a well drilled football team who always provide tough opposition for their rivals and they have to be respected during the group stages.
Early 2014 World Cup odds have South Korea $301 to win the tournament and $9.00 to win Group H.
South Korea World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $301.00
Win Group H: $9.00
Qualify for next Round: $2.75
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $81.00
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South Korea is capable of challenging for a top two spot in Group H but we think Belgium and Russia may have their measure and the best they can hope for is finishing in third place ahead of Algeria.
Betting options for South Korea include the $1.36 about them to be eliminated at the group stage, but more value could be found by taking the $1.90 about them scoring one win in Group H.
If you fancy the chances of South Korea beating both Russia and Algeria and making it through to the second round then consider the $2.75 about qualifying for the Round of 16 stage.
Group H Draw for South Korea
South Korea will face Algeria, Belgium and Russia in Group H at the World Cup and their opening match is scheduled for Wednesday 18th June 2014 against Russia at 8am in the morning (Australian time).
|Wed 18 Jun||Russia||vs||South Korea||8am||Cuiaba||Bet now|
|Mon 23 Jun||South Korea||vs||Algeria||2am||Porto Alegre||Bet now|
|Fri 27 Jun||South Korea||vs||Belgium||6am||Sao Paulo||Bet now|
South Korea World Cup Squad
The South Korea World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark)
Defenders: Kim Jin-su (Albirex Niigata), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Yoon Suk-young (QPR), Hwang Seok-ho (Hiroshima Sanfrecce), Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg) Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal), Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Chang-su (Kashiwa Reysol)
Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland), Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol), Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F), Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers), Ji Dong-won (Augsburg), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)
Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz 05), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-young (Watford), Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai)
The Head Coach of the South Korea World Cup squad is Hong Myung-Bo and team captain is Lee Chung-Yong.
World Cup players to watch for South Korea
Central midfielder Ki Sung Yueng appears set for a big World Cup in Brazil and his sublime passing skils from the back can open up opposition defences.
Forward Son Heung-min has proven himself in the Bundesliga and now looks ready to make a name for himself on the world stage for his country.
Striker Park Chu-young is a clever player with very good technical skills who will be champing at the bit to put in a performance to remember in Brazil.
Visit our Group H page for more info on each team competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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