South Korea vs Algeria 06/22/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Soccer Group H Pick and Preview
Algeria vs South Korea
Sunday 22nd June 2014 20:00(GMT)
The Line: South Korea 6/4 Draw 23/10 Algeria 2/1 See the Latest Odds
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I was very impressed with South Korea in their game against Russia, arguably the better team for most of the game the Koreans showed good power and pace a high pressing game and an ability to counter attack at great pace. The Koreans created chances against Russia and Son was very unlucky not to find the net on a couple of occasions, the 21 year old Bayer Leverkusen star looked a step above in that game and it will be interesting if he can turn those chances into goals against Algeria. With Sunderlands Ki playing well in midfield and former Arsenal prodigy Park playing up top alongside Son there is plent of ability in this team.
Algeria took the lead against Belgium due to a defensive mistake that gifted them a penalty, arguably though the Belgian should also have been given a red card and we may be talking about a completely different scenario here now if that had happened. As it is though Belgian rallied and scored two second half goals to beat Algeria and leave the North Africans needing a win against South Korea to give themselves a chance of advancing. Tottenham's Bentalab was impressive for the Algerians in the first game alongside goalscorer and valencia midfielder Feghouli and Inter Milan midfielder Taider.
Tough game here to call, I was impressed with both sides in their opening game. I though South Korea edged the game agianst Russia and probably deserved to win the game but a defensive slip allowed the Russians in. With Algeria they were playing against a far stronger team but looked dangerous. They deservedly took the lead from a penalty after good set up play and could have even had a second before half time only to be denied by Courtois in the Belgium goal. Having looked at it I think I am going to take both teams to score. Its available at -120 and I think represents a solid bet. Korea look like their pace will give them chances while defensively Korea also look suspect to the counter attack. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo