Having crashed out at the group stages in the Japan & South Korea 2002 tournament, Fabio Capello’s men are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with William Hill to give themselves a strong chance of progression this time out with victory tonight.
The Taegeuk Warriors, on the other hand, have reached the knockout stages in two of the last three editions but are 16/5 (4.20) outsiders to come out on top here.
Hong Myung-Bo’s team have not drawn any of their last 12 matches, but you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them playing out a stalemate in this one.
While they were rarely spectacular in qualification, Capello’s team were as efficient as you would expect from a team managed by the canny Italian and did enough to see off an exciting Portugal outfit to seal first place in their group.
Unbeaten in 10 matches, they now arrive in Brazil in confident form and looking more than capable of making up for lost time at this level by progressing from one of the competition’s more open groups.
Conversely, their opponents only edged out modest Uzbekistan on goal difference to secure their place at this competition and subsequently endured a disappointing first-round exit at the East Asian Cup in their most recent competitive action.
Having won just seven of their last 23 matches in all competitions, the Koreans are unlikely to take to the field in very high spirits this evening, particularly after losing four of their last five including 4-0 defeats to both Mexico and Ghana.
Considering they have failed to find the net in all four of those defeats, odds of 10/11 (1.91) are surely too good to miss on them coming unstuck against a strong defensive side that have conceded just once in their last four.
That bet looks even more convincing as the Russians came out on top when the sides met in a friendly match in Dubai just last November.
|Russia to win for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill|
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