Nigeria vs South Korea – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingNigeria will play South Korea in their final match of the group stage at 19:30 BST in Durban. Both Nigeria and South Korea will need a win tonight, if they are to keep their chances of the last 16 alive, although South Korea could advance with a draw depending on the game between Greece and Argentina.

Match Preview

Despite losing their first two matches, Nigeria can still advance to the 1/8-finals tonight, but the Super Eagles must beat South Korea and at the same time Greece must lose to Argentina. Their situation could have been different, but after controlling the game against Greece, they were reduced to 10 men because of stupidity from Sani Kaita, which eventually cost them the match. Now their fate is in the hands of the Argentineans, who must beat Greece to give them a chance to progress tonight. Since the incidence Kaita have apologized for to his team-mates, officials and the people of Nigeria, but it has seemingly not been enough, as he is still receiving threatening emails. Hopefully for Kaita, his team-mates will help him tonight by winning against South Korea and maybe take Nigeria to the last 16, in which case the red card will likely be forgotten.

After impressing against Greece in their opening match, South Korea was witness to a football lesson from Argentina in the second game. Nevertheless, their fate is almost in their own hands tonight, where they can claim the second spot in group B by winning against Nigeria, while keeping the current goal difference to Greece. Before the last two games in group B, they must be considered the favorites to advance as a draw would be enough, if the Greek loses to Argentina as well. Though, it would be a dangerous tactic for the South Koreans playing for the draw, as Greece could win or Nigeria could score a late goal to go through, why they will like go for the win. Should they advance, the South Koreans would write history tonight as well, as it would be the first time they go beyond the group stage outside home.

Team Updates

The Nigerians will likely have to reshuffle tonight, as Taye Taiwo and Uwa Echiejjle are doubtful for the match. This may force Lars Lagerback to change their defence line, which could cause problems on their left-back. In addition Kaita is banned after his red card against Greece.

South Korea is expected to use a more defensive 4-2-3-1 formation tonight and will likely have Park Chu-young as a lone target man on top.

Nigeria vs South Korea betting tip

Our betting pick will be more than 2.5 goals in the match at odds 2.25 at 888 sports.

We have chosen the over 2.5 goals bet tonight, as the best betting option. Going into the game Nigeria must win and have to come forward, which could open up their back for the quick Koreans or result in goals for Nigeria themselves. No matter what, one team must come forward at all times, as a draw is not useful for Nigeria and South Korea can not lose. We predict an open match that could go to either side and expect at least three goals in the game tonight.

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