2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: South Korea vs. Spain Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/15
Spain (0-1-1) vs. South Korea (0-1-1)
World Cup: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Spain +102 / South Korea +260 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 2
South Korea and Spain play their third match Wednesday night in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
South Korea is coming off a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica, a match that it probably thinks it should have won. South Korea controlled the ball 53 percent of the match and got eight of 16 shots on target but allowed a game-tying goal in the final minutes. South Korea doesn’t have the points to show for it, but it’s played a solid tournament, especially on the defensive end where it’s allowed just six shots on target and has blocked five attempts. Unfortunately, Jungmi Kim has allowed four goals on those six shot attempts. I’m sure South Korea would love to have more results on the offensive end, as Gaeul Jeon and Ji Soyun are the only two players with a goal. South Korea has to play its best match yet and needs to get all three points to have any shot of advancing to the next round.
Spain is coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Brazil and also must win this match to have a shot of advancing. Spain didn’t get a single shot on target in its loss, which was a completely different feel to its game against Costa Rica. While frustrated, Spain can take the fact it once again played great defense, holding Brazil to just two shots on goal despite controlling the ball 58 percent of the match. Spain has allowed just four shots on target out of a 16 shots overall. Spain simply needs its playmakers to take over if it's going to come away with three points, and that includes Sonia Bermudez and Veronica Boquete. Right now, Victoria Losada is the only Spain player to score, which is simply unacceptable for a squad with actual expectations.
This is a must-win for both teams, which makes it a little tougher to cap. It’s even tougher with Spain not playing to its full potential. Will South Korea actually finish a match? Will the real Spain please stand up?
I honestly have no strong feel for this match. However, with the way Spain has been playing, I'll take a chance on South Korea to win outright.