World Cup 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 21:00 GMT (17:00 Local time)
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Korea Republic vs Belgium Preview
Republic of Korea has virtually lost all chances to qualify for the World Cup eighth finals, but there is no reason not to want to win in the third-round match against the strongest team in Group F. Of course, the question of reality of achieving these desires is a matter of thinking every potential bettor. It seems that the decision is not so difficult.
Fighting spirit is the main feature of the Republic of Korea team, but it has not given expected results so far. In truth, they avoided defeat in the match against Russia precisely thanks to plenty of fight in them, but Belgium has a much more dangerous team than Russia. An insufficient number of quality players is the biggest problem of Korean coach Hong, so he has mainly relied on players from the Bundesliga, Koo and Son. After a miserable game against Algeria some changes in the team are necessary, but the question is whether they can bring a quality that would be sufficient to counter the excellent team of Belgium.
Probable line-up of Korea Republic (4-2-3-1): Jung – Yong Lee, Hong, Kim, Yoon – Ki, Han – C. Yong Lee, Koo, Son – H. Lee
Belgium has proven that they are the best teams in the Group H and one of the main candidates for the highest placement at the World Cup. However, they have not shown superiority in the previous two games, but introducing substitutes in the second half coach Wilmots has dosed strength of his team. Since Belgium already has six points and a weaker opponent in the third round there is a possibility that coach Wilmots give a chance the players from the background and thus rest key players of his team. However, it will not be to an extent that would jeopardize the final result.
Probable line-up of Belgium (4-2-3-1): Courtois – Vanden Borre, Alderweireld, Lombaerts, Vertonghen – Witsel, Defour – Mirallas, E.Hazard, Mertens – Origi
Korea Republic vs Belgium Match Prediction
Regardless of whether Belgium will compete at full strength, and regardless of difference in quality between these teams, feistiness of the Republic of Korea and strength of Belgium promise goals in this match. Over 2.5 Goals.