Belgium vs South Korea 2014 World Cup Preview

While the fates of both at the 2014 FIFA World Cup appear to be set, Belgium and South Korea will meet in what is likely to be fast-paced, fiery encounter at the Arena Corinthians at 6am AEST on Friday.

Overcoming a disappointing start to salvage a 2-1 victory over Algeria in their World Cup campaign-opener early last week, Belgium ensured their progression to the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Russia most recently and appears set to finish atop Group H.

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South Korea, touted by many as a legitimate dark horse contender at the 2014 World Cup, has been particularly disappointing; unable to take advantage of a 10-man Russia when drawing 1-1 before being comfortably beaten 4-2 by Algeria last time out.

While mathematically still capable of qualifying, it would take a strong victory over Belgium and a low scoring draw between Algeria and Russia to see the Reds through to the round of 16.

Confirmed to be without captain Vincent Kompany who is nursing a niggling groin complaint, Belgium have not taken a hit in betting markets and a currently featured as clear $1.67 favourites at Ladbrokes Australia, with their Asian counterparts South Korea available at a generous quote of $5.50.

Needing to burst from the gates and impose themselves to have any chance of victory and progression, South Korea may be worth consideration to open the scoring.

Exciting attacking midfielder Ki Sung Yueng has made a habit of turning opposition defence inside out and is more than capable of scoring a howler from range or finishing off a solo effort in close. An excellent chance of scoring if catching Belgium on the counter, Ki is currently available at generous odds of $21 to open the scoring tomorrow morning, or $8.50 to find the back of the net at any point.

Yet to secure a maiden World Cup goal, Romelu Lukaku is arguably offered his best chance of breaking the drought against South Korea, and is similarly worth consideration at odds of $2.20 to score at any point over 90 minutes tomorrow morning.

Spoiled for choice in terms of genuine world-class goal keepers, Belgium has conceded just one goal at the 2014 World Cup; a penalty against Algeria that was almost saved. Assured progression, the Belgian may opt to give Liverpool shot stopper Simon Mignolet a turn between the sticks, or may hold true with first-choice Thibaut Courtois. Either way, odds of $2.30 to keep a clean sheet at Ladbrokes are particularly tempting.

Having made a habit of starting slowly and clawing their way back recently, punters may also find value in betting Belgium will not be leading at the break but will find themselves ahead at the final whistle. Odds of $23 for South Korea to be leading at half time and Belgium to win arguably offer punters the best value for money in betting markets for this match, or a safer option of a draw at half time and Belgium victory at $4.50 may also be worth a play.

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