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Great Britain - South Korea Betting Preview: Hosts to continue their Olympic journey into the semi-finals

Great Britain - South Korea Betting Preview: Hosts to continue their Olympic journey into the semi-finals

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With Stuart Pearce's men in fine form after topping Group A, Jim Knight expects them to get the better of their Korean rivals when they meet in Cardiff on Saturday evening

Great Britain topped a tough-looking group in impressive style to progress to the knockout stages and give themselves a great chance of a medal at London 2012.

South Korea also had an unbeaten group campaign which consisted of two 0-0 draws and a narrow win over Switzerland.

Stuart Pearce's side have improved with each passing game, which is not surprising given the fact that much of the squad will not have played together as often as other squads in the competition.

The hosts are unsurprising favourites at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill, the draw is at 19/10 (2.90) and South Korea are the outsiders at 23/10 (3.30) with the same firm.

Chelsea frontman Daniel Sturridge has looked lively despite concerns over his fitness and is 9/2 (5.50) to open the scoring in this match.

Of the two goals South Korea have scored in the competition so far, one of those was courtesy of Arsenal's Park Chu Young, and he is available at 7/1 (8.0) for the opening goal.

What has been particularly impressive have been the performances of the British defensive unit, especially 19-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland, who has ensured the various centre-back partnerships playing in front of him have a solid last line of defence they can rely on.

Butland has already been tipped to play at the very top and has done no harm to his future prospects at this tournament.

On the balance of the two teams' performances so far, the match odds available make backing Great Britain a somewhat tempting prospect at odds-against.

They are taking on a South Korean team who, although difficult to break down, have not offered much in attack and with the improving confidence and form of the hosts, the opportunity to back them at 5/4 (2.25) looks a great price and one not to be missed.

For a value bet, consider a Great Britain win to nil - as they managed against Uruguay - at 23/10 (3.30). South Korea undoubtedly have players capable of worrying Pearce's men, but with confidence rising in the Team GB camp, another win coupled with a clean sheet offers a well-priced value bet.

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Great Britain to win at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill
Great Britain to win to nil at 23/10 (3.30) with William Hill

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast


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