South Korea and Greece are both ranked outsiders and this is hardly anything of a surprise; the sides simply don’t have the quality to compete against some of the better teams in the World Cup.
On the other hand, Greece has produced miracles before. After all they were a 100/1 long shot for Euro 2004 and most of us remember the shocker that happened then.
But South Korea is not to be counted out; especially after receiving the good news that Park Ji-Sung will be fit to play after he missed their friendly with Spain. And it gets better still, with striker Dong-Gook returning to fitness and hoping to play after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Despite this, Greece remain the slight favourites for most bookies, even if recent form would suggest that the Koreans do have a major edge.
However, the South Koreans have had something of an Achilles heel for set pieces and with the Greeks having on average one of the tallest sides in the world, the Koreans could struggle if there is too much dead ball.
The Greeks will be looking to make amends for the shocking performance in USA 94’ and this is a great opportunity for them to do something special and prove that Euro 04 was not a fluke especially since their squad has improved by in leaps and bounds in the last few years and nobody can deny that.
As long as they exploit South Korea’s weakness to set pieces, they have absolutely every chance of winning this match in a rather convincing manner. However, only time will tell if they will make another mockery of the bookies that ranked them as outsiders yet again.
You can catch South Korea vs Greece live on these HD TV stations: Al Jazeera Sport, Canvas, DigitAlb, HD Suisse, ITV, Sky Mondiale HD1, Sky Sport HD (for Germany) and on the brand new Al Jazeera Sport 3D. The match is also live on all important (public) TV stations in Europe.
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