2018 World Cup Betting Lines – Germany vs. South Korea Odds
By Jonathan Willis
It didn’t seem possible for the longest time, but Germany controls its own destiny when it comes to its World Cup fate. The Germans had a nightmare of a start in their campaign to defend their title. They opened with a loss to Mexico, and then they fell behind Sweden 1-0. It looked like they were doomed to the same fortune as Spain in 2014, but then the team roared back with a vengeance to beat Sweden 2-1. Now, they must beat South Korea by multiple goals in their last match in order to advance. Fortunately, for the Germans, this is probably the roster you would most want in order to run up the score.
Germany vs. South Korea
Date and Time:Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 A.M. ET
Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
World Cup Opening Odds at BookMaker.eu: Germany-2, O/U3 and 3.5
Germany vs. South Korea TV Coverage: FS1
Group F is the one group in which there have been no draws to this point. That has created a scenario where all four teams are still able to qualify for the knockout round, even winless South Korea. It would take something of miracle for South Korea to make the next round, but it is possible.
South Korea did not get off to a good start. They fell to Sweden 1-0 in the opener and couldn’t manage a shot on goal. They had to get physical in order to keep the Swedes from scoring more than one, while goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo needed to come up big as well. South Korea performed a little better against Mexico, but they again needed to skirt the letter of the law to remain close. A Son Heung-Min goal just before fulltime left them with a little less work to do, but it’s still a tall mountain to climb.
Things looked disastrous for Germany until the second half of their match against Sweden. Germany looked completely lost on offense for the first game and a half of action, but then they looked like they finally found their stride in the second half.
Joachim Low’s men knew that they needed to score at least two goals in the second half, and they bombed forward from the outset in order to get those scores. Marco Reus scored three minutes into the second half to equalize, and from there it was game on. Germany looked undone after Jerome Boateng picked up his second yellow in the 82nd, but then Toni Kroos became the hero with a super strike five minutes into extra time to gift Germany a 2-1 win.
Both sides have some injury concerns heading into this match. Sebastian Rudy suffered a broken nose in the victory over Sweden and is unlikely to play in this one. Center back Mats Hummels is a question too. He missed the match against Sweden because of a neck injury, and his absence would certainly be felt. With Boateng suspended for this match because of the red card, Germany is already thin at the back. Not having Hummels healthy would be a huge blow.
South Korea has an injury concern of its own. Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out with a calf injury and his absence will be noticed. He is the team’s captain and most experienced player with over 100 caps to his name.
Although Germany has struggled as a team, Kroos has been outstanding in both matches. He was the team’s lone bright spot in the loss to Mexico, continually threatening and getting their best chance to score. Kroos kept it up in Germany’s win over Sweden with strong play up until his game winner. It was a deserved Man of the Match performance for Kroos, who has been the team’s rock in these trying times.
Germany vs. South Korea Free Picks
The Germans need to score and score often to make sure their spot in the knockout round is safe. They looked like a team possessed over the second half, and I think they will carry that fire with them into this one. The changes that Low made to the lineup seemed to work against Sweden, and they should have more success against South Korea.
Germany vs. South Korea Pick: Take the over in this match
Germany vs. South Korea Prediction: Germany 4 – South Korea 1