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 -729, and there is little chance of anything other than a win to the defending champions. As Germany still need to win to ensure they progress to the next round, they will be at full strength and will be far too good for the 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. +1500 is simply not enough to represent how little chance they actually have in this one.
Korea have only pride to play for after losing to Mexico and Sweden by one goal margins, and while they have shown signs of promise, they have performed to expectations in what is a very tough group.
Germany haven’t been ruthless in their opening matches, and were only just able to sneak past Sweden with a last minute goal. Yet they have topped their opening group in the last seven World Cup tournaments and are still an outside chance of doing so here. They will need a big win, and this is one matchup which should showcase plenty of goals.
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.