It would be hard, if not impossible, to find a bigger World Cup mismatch that the upcoming game between South Korea and Germany. The German Machine rolled into Russia as prohibitive World Cup favorites. And as a team touted as having the best chance to become the first repeat champion since 1962 Brazil pulled off the second of back to back titles. For South Korea success is defined as simply getting to the tournament.
Anything beyond that is considered a bonus. South Korea qualified by being the least worst of a truly horrible group. That does not bode well for their expected slaughter against the German Behemoth. This match has one of the biggest spreads seen in recent World Cup memory.
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2018 FIFA World Cup South Korea vs. Germany
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 a.m.
Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan
World Cup Betting Online Odds at BetCris: Germany -489, South Korea +1259, Draw +634, Over 3 -121,Under 3 +106
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FS1
Germany is a 6/1 betting choice to win the World Cup. They are also a +300 betting selection to win Group F. South Korea was the last pick of Group F at +7500 to win the foursome. They are the last pick on the board to win the tournament at 1000/1.
Unimpressive but As Expected
South Korea has lost both of their World Cup matches so far and has not come close either time. Sweden scored a 1-0 payout against the South Koreans in their opener but the match was not as close as the score may indicate. Sweden carried most of the play and the South Koreans rarely threatened the stout Swedish defense. In their second game Mexico scored a workmanlike 2-1 win over South Korea with the lone goal allowed by the Mexicans at near the very end of game time.
South Korea demonstrated why they were bet as such a long shot to win the World Cup. They were completely outclassed with nowhere near the skill or quality depth of either Mexico or Sweden. Keep in mind South Korea actually won just four out of 10 qualifying matches. Head coach Shin Tae Yong took over a team in turmoil. To his credit he got it organized and playing with better team speed. But their weaknesses both with scoring depth and defense have been fully exploited in Group play. South Korea simply makes too many defensive mistakes.
Die Mannschaft Served Notice
Anyone that thought Germany would steamroll through Group play was quickly stunned to find that Mexico had other ideas as evidenced by their 1-0 upset that caused the Earth to shake on Mexican soil due to wild celebrations. Germany carried much of the play and forced nine saves but simply could not finish. It was a humbling reality check that may prove to be the best thing that happened to Die Mannschaft. They now realize that they have to do more than simply take the pitch to ensure success.
Kroos to the Rescue
Germany was facing a full fledged crisis, if not extinction, against Sweden in their second match. They fell behind 1-0 at the 32 minute mark. It was gut check time. And perhaps the defining moment of a champion. Marco Reus tide the game at the 48 minute mark. And then Toni Kroos saved the tournament with a goal in the final seconds for one of the most dramatic and exciting wins in World Cup history.
South Korea vs. Germany Free Picks
Germany showed incredible character and resiliency in their epic win. And it’s the type of win that a champion will look back on as the turning point. The price is huge in this one. Because South Korea hasn’t a chance.
South Korea vs. Germany Pick: Bet the money line on Germany
South Korea vs. Germany Score Prediction: Germany 3, South Korea 0
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