World Cup Odds and Picks: Argentina vs. South Korea Predictions
by Jordan Adams - 6/15/2010
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I wouldn’t go as far as to say it is David v. Goliath in this particular match-up, but it’s the closest thing we have in Group B. In fact, South Korea is actually a pretty respectable football nation. As co-hosts in 2002 they finished a sublime fourth. Even more so, they have qualified for each of the last six World Cups and in all likelihood have supplanted Japan as the true power and constant in Asia.
Park Ji-Sung is an exceptional world-class player for South Korea, and the Manchester United winger’s brilliance will be seen this summer. But when on the pitch against Argentina’s handful of skillful footballers, in a game of poker it’d be like an Ace-high hand against a full house.
Argentina squares off against South Korea in the two’s second World Cup group play match. On June 17 these two will take the pitch with Group B’s top spot on the line at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
South Korea dominated Greece in their opener, 2-0. Their pace and speed really handled the Greeks and their physicality and size. Now it will be up to them to try and neutralize the South American’s shear skill and brilliance.
Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ was his most famous moment as a player. But his coaching career hasn’t been as blessed and his new nickname as skipper is ‘Brain of Idiot’. He’s drawn an ever-growing list of complaints and criticism, but there is far too much talent on this year’s team for even him to screw this up. If Argentina is going down, it will be because they don’t play well or get outclassed in a specific match, not because of the exploits of their lead man on the touchline.
All it takes is a brief glance at the roster to blow your mind. And you only have to peak at the top of the formation for that amazement. Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Diego Milito are enough to build an attack unit fit for a fantasy team, but when you also throw in fellow strikers Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero for depth and the midfield tandem of Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez, things could get ugly for the Korea Republic.
Argentina only managed a 1-0 victory over Nigeria, however the game was much more one-sided than the score indicates, and even more the favorites probably should have finished the score with three or goal goals.
South Africa vs. Uruguay World Cup Odds:
Bodog currently has Argentina as heavy favorites -333. They list South Korea at +900 and the ‘Draw’ is posted at +375.
Sports Interaction gives the South Americans the more clear cut advantage at the price of-303, however a bit smaller of a price for South Korea at +750. The ‘Draw’ here is posted at +335.
Argentina vs. South Korea Picks and Predictions:
Argentina wins if: they just focus on the task at hand and play with half the ability they have on their roster. South Korea is no match for this giant attacking force, so expect the South Americans to come at them in waves. If they cash in, it will be an easy victory.
South Korea wins if: they play the perfect match, and then it still might not be enough. It is very unlikely that Argentina will be kept from the scoreboard in this one, so that means South Korea will need at least two goals, and that might be a tall order for a team that doesn’t boast a lot of dominance in attack.
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