Argentina vs South Korea – betting tips and match preview

World Cup BettingArgentina plays South Korea in their second group match today at 12:30 BST at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. After their noble opening game wins, both the Argentinean and the South Korean team are on the brink to book their place between the last 16, but a victory is required today to make it happen.

Match Preview

Argentinean coach and national icon Diego Maradona has been subject to enduring criticism and skepticism going into the World Cup. Nevertheless, he made good tactical switch to a 4-3-3 formation in their first match against Nigeria, which eventually paid off in their 1-0 victory. The change was crucial to get more out of Lionel Messi, who had been somewhat locked and anonymous playing their usual formation. Essentially Messi did almost everything right in the match against Nigeria but score, which goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama played a big part in. Ironically it was central defender Gabriel Heinze, who made the goal after a corner kick, considering Argentina’s enormous talented strikers with 170 club goals between them over the last 12 months. Over all their performance was encouraging and promised well for Argentina and Diego Maradona.

South Korea opened the World Cup with an impressive win against Greece. Based on their first group match, they are the second best squad in group B, but could be better organized in the back. This could cause problems today against Argentina’s great offense, where the South Koreans are likely to fall short. However, with their first match win they can take a loss against Argentina and still go through to 1/8-finals, which could make them play more freely and enables them to take risks.

Team Updates

After their victories in the opening match, neither team is expected to make large chances for the match today. However, the Argentinean will likely safe their playmaker Juan Veron because of his injury problem, but with a replacement like Maxi Rodriguez it should not be a big worry for Maradona.

Coach Huh Jung-moo is not expected to make any chances from their first match against Greece, and we will likely see the same line-up with target man Park Chu-young in front and support from a well organized midfield by Captain Park Ji-sung.

Argentina vs South Korea betting tip

Our betting tip will be to pick Argentina as outright winner at odds 1.50 at 888 sports.

Yesterday we had the biggest surprise during the World Cup so far with Switzerland’s chocking victory against Spain. The new ball seems to cause more problems than normally, which mean anything is possible and as always the ball is round. However, we still pick Argentina for the match today as they are the better of the two sides. At same time their world class players do control the ball better and should be able to handle the ball. By now the players are more likely to have adjusted to new ball after their first match and we do expect to more goals and better play from better squads. Therefore we recommend Argentina for the match today, which is a solid bet worth playing.

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