2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Costa Rica vs. South Korea Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/15
South Korea (0-1) vs. Costa Rica (0-0-1)
World Cup: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Costa Rica +677 / South Korea -304 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
Costa Rica and South Korea meet Saturday night in their second match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Costa Rica is coming off a 1-1 draw against Spain in its opening match. Costa Rica has to feel good about leaving that match with a point considering it allowed seven shots on goal and 19 shots overall. Dinnia Diaz was easily the player of the game, as she continues to show why she’s Costa Rica’s most important player. Offensively, Costa Rica got just two shots on goal and three shots overall, as Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno found the net early to force the draw. Costa Rica held its own in its first ever World Cup match and should have more success on the offensive end with a game under its belt. However, everything can’t be left up to Diaz as the last line of defense, as Costa Rica played much of its first match on its heels. Shirley Cruz needs a breakout game.
South Korea looks to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Brazil in its opening match. South Korea was dominated in its loss, as it controlled the ball just 38 percent of the match and allowed 14 shots, including four shots on target. A bright spot for South Korea is that it did manage to get nine shots overall and two shots on goal in the limited amount of time it had the ball. South Korea is too good with the ball to be dominated in time of possession, and it showed what it can do when it actually has the ball. Ji So-yun and Park Eun Sun are capable of putting quick offense together for their country. The concern you have to have with South Korea is how this team responds to physicality, as it had just three fouls in its opening match and may need a little more of a mean streak in order to advance.
Of course, this match is a little easier for South Korea, who didn’t get the best draw in the world with an opening match against an extremely talented Brazil club. However, Costa Rica made a statement in its opening match. This looks like it’s going to be highly competitive between two teams that could use three points.
In a game where both teams look to rebound with an outright victory, I trust South Korea a lot more. South Korea moves the ball well and should have a lot more success now that it's not playing Brazil. I'm not sure Costa Rica can keep up. South Korea wins by two goals.