With both sides struggling for a cutting edge in front of goal in their openers, Al Hain-Cole is not expecting to see many goals when they come face-to-face in a tight encounterAfter failing to secure three points in their respective opening games, South Korea and Algeria face off in Porto Alegre on Sunday in a potentially decisive clash.
Despite scoring their first World Cup goal in 28 years to take the lead against Belgium, Vahid Halihodzic's men fell victim to second-half fight back to finish empty-handed and are now 23/10 (3.30) outsiders with William Hill to come out on top here.
Meanwhile, the Taegeuk Warriors also let a one-goal lead slip in their 1-1 draw against Russia but are 13/10 (2.30) favourites to put themselves in a strong position with victory in this second game.
That result was the Korean's second draw in three World Cup fixtures, and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on them sharing the spoils once again.
While they more than matched a more highly-rated Russian side in their opening match, Hong-Myung Bo's side rarely looked like scoring until opposition goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev let a speculative and seemingly harmless long-range shot slip through his grasp and into the net.
This lack of cutting edge is sure to be tested by a strong defensive outfit at the Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borba, where the Fennec Foxes will look to show the same resilience they displayed for long periods against a talented Belgian team.
Marshalled by captain Madjid Bougherra in the centre of defence, Algeria sat on a lead earned from the penalty spot after almost their only attack of the match to keep their opponents at bay until the 70th minute.
Considering South Korea have failed to score in four of their previous six matches, these tactics are likely to prove more effective against a less incisive attacking force in a low-scoring game.
With this in mind, odds of 17/20 (1.85) offer solid value on under 2.5 goals being scored in a match where no more than one of these blunt attacks find the net .
|'No' on both teams to score & under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill|
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