World Cup Odds and Picks: South Korea Vs. Nigeria Predictions
by Jordan Adams - 6/22/2010
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Nigeria and Korea Republic aim for Group B’s runners-up position on June 22 at 2:30 p.m. EST in Durban.
South Korea began their World Cup with a dream result, besting Greece 2-0. Argentina, however, brought them back to reality and so they still sit with three points with one match to play.
Still, if you told the Koreans they’d had their own destiny in their hands with regards to the knockout stages, you better believe they would take it. Group B was always unclear from the start, not really having a legit second team emerge. South Korea can pencil their name in with a draw or victory (barring Greece doesn’t shock Argentina).
Nigeria wasted a perfect opportunity in their second match v. Greece. They fell to Argentina in the opener but had a 1-0 lead and were sitting pretty until a moment of stupidity when Nigeria’s Sani Kaita kicked a Greece player after a ball had gone out of play and he was sent off, reducing his side to ten men. Greece then went on the attack and essentially seized momentum and ran with the rest of the match, leveling before halftime and pushing across the winner in the second half.
The Super Eagles, however, can still find a way into the round of 16, though it won’t come without some luck and a good result here.
Goal difference is the first tiebreaker, but first and foremost the African side need to score the victory and keep South Korea at three points. If Greece loses to Argentina, which is expected, Nigeria can go through if they manage a better a better goal differential than both the Koreans and Greeks. Tricky, I know, but some interesting things to follow as both matches play simultaneously.
Nigeria vs. Korea Republic World Cup Odds:
Bodog currently has Nigeria listed as the price of +175. They list Korea Republic at +145 and the ‘Draw’ is currently available at +225.
Sports Interaction has Nigeria at +160 and Korea Republic at +150. The ‘Draw’ here is posted at +275.
Nigeria vs. Korea Republic Picks and Predictions:
Nigeria wins if: they put together a game plan that matches what the Super Eagles looked like in their first 25 minutes against Greece. They showed more confidence and carried themselves well, that is, until their man lost his head and got sent off, completely spoiling what looked to be a quality victory. The skill is there but so far in the World Cup, like we have seen so often the last couple of months with this side, it just hasn’t coming together. Will things change in a must-win scenario?
Korea Republic wins if: they play their game. South Korea is well organized and have some of the most fit players in the tournament. Tons of pace, they can match Nigeria up and down the pitch, but not athlete for athlete. Everything is on the line for both these squads, and so far Korea Republic has approached the matches in a more sound, consistent manner. If that holds form, they will move on.
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