Both these sides were defensively solid prior to their semi-final defeats. With an Olympic bronze medal still on the line, Adam Bate expects another tight gameThe bronze medal match is a curious one as teams attempt to bounce back from semi-final disappointment in the knowledge that there is still an Olympic medal at stake.
Both South Korea and Japan were convincingly beaten in their last four ties and will be looking to end their promising campaigns on a high.
Japan, in particular, will feel hugely disappointed not to be contesting the final against Brazil.
They had not conceded a goal in four games going into their semi-final game against Mexico but were beaten 3-1 after a disappointing second half.
In scoring five goals without reply prior to that – including an opening win over the much-fancied Spain – Japan had shown just how tough an opponent they can be.
As a result, Japan are 36/25 (2.44) favourites to win this one with PanBet.
South Korea’s defeat to Brazil in the last four may have been more predictable but the manner of it will still be disappointing for Hong Myung-Bo’s side.
A 3-0 reverse meant they conceded more goals in one game than they had in the rest of the tournament – a total of six-and-a-half hours of football given the extra-time victory over Team GB.
With the Koreans no longer needing to worry about the unique threat of the Brazilian attack, they will expect to become a difficult side to beat once again.
South Korea can be backed to win this one inside 90 minutes and claim the bronze medal at 43/20 (3.15) with PanBet. The draw is available at 47/20 (3.35).
This is unlikely to be a free-scoring affair despite the pressure of the gold medal no longer being on the line.
These sides conceded just two goals between them prior to the semi-finals – in a total of eight games. As a result, the pick of the bets is to back under 2.5 goals at 77/100 (1.77) with PanBet.
In fact, these rivals could be prepared to battle to the distance for this Olympic medal and the price of 47/20 (3.35) for the scores to be level after 90 minutes looks to be a good value bet in this one.
|Under 2.5 goals at 77/100 (1.77) with PanBet
||Draw at 47/20 (3.35) with PanBet
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