Korea Republic will face Germany in the final group match of Group F, and it really is a case of David against Goliath. Setting aside Korea’s unexpected run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002, the Asian nation has achieved little since they returned to the tournament, reaching the Round of 16 just twice in nine consecutive appearances.
The team that knocked them out in 2002, Germany, will enter this match as the clear and overwhelming favourite at -359, and there is little chance of anything other than a win to the defending champions. Even if Germany have already won their opening two matches and rest their biggest stars, they proved their depth by winning the 2017 Confederations Cup with a ‘C’ team, and even their third-string lineup could defeat a Korean outfit.
Korea Republic have been a mainstay at the tournament simply because of their dominance in a weak Asian confederation. On this occasion, they managed to qualify above the likes of Syria, Uzbekistan and Qatar – hardly superpowers of world soccer – and the fact that they suffered three losses in their final group indicates how poor this squad is at present. +1100 is simply not enough to represent how little chance they actually have in this one.
By the time this match kicks off, we will already know whether or not Korea stand a chance of qualifying for the second round. We do not expect them to secure points against Mexico or Sweden in what is possibly the strongest group at the tournament, and even if they have managed to find themselves in a position of favour they simply will not win this match.
Germany are far too strong, and recently have been far too ruthless. They have topped their opening group in the last seven World Cup tournaments and will be determined to make it eight, regardless of the results they have achieved in the opening matches of this event. We predicted them to make it a clean sweep even though Mexico and Sweden would prove to be difficult matches.
We’re predicting a 4-0 win to a strong German side looking to win back to back tournaments. This is a scoreline that they have achieved against Portugal, Argentina and Australia in their last two World Cup campaigns, and there is no reason why they can’t do again.
When: Wednesday, Jun 27 (10am ET)
Where: Kazan Arena, Kazan
TV: FOX, Telemundo*