South Korea is not in the toughest of groups along with Belgium, Russia, and Algeria, but they only have the third best World Cup betting odds to win it.
In the last two World Cups, the squad has made it to the round of 16, but that is a tall task this summer, as they are not a great time-of-possession team.
That weakness is likely to hurt them when facing the solid midfield teams of Belgium and Russia in group play.
South Korea Odds to win World Cup 2014: 3000
South Korea Odds to win Group H: +700
South Korea is one of the lower ranked FIFA teams in the tournament and they did not look good in qualifying. Still, they have a decent attack and they are solid on the wings.
Facing superior teams in Belgium and Russia, they may have to score when they are given counter-attack opportunities. With one of the smaller teams in terms of size, South Korea struggles on set pieces.
The squad lost three of their first four World Cup tune-ups, but was solid in their last one winning and scoring two goals on a Greek team that has a great defense.
World Cup Prediction for South Korea
South Korea will take points away from their match against Algeria, but they really do not match up well with Belgium and Russia. Each has a much better midfield and that will take South Korea out of their game forcing them to drop back on defense.
The squad will not be blanked in group play, but they will also not advance to the round of 16. Their odds have gotten longer, according to most World Cup futures listings.
How South Korea got to the World Cup
South Korea was in a pretty weak Asian qualifying group and their main competition was Iran, who they lost tow twice. They had the same amount of points in group play as Uzbekistan, but South Korea advanced to Brazil because of a better goal differential.
While the offense may be the strength of the squad they only scored more than two goals in eight of their 10 matches. Overall, in qualifying South Korea had five wins, three losses, and two draws.
World Cup Qualifying Results
15/11/11 Lebanon 2 - 1Korea Republic
29/02/12 Korea Republic 2 - 0 Kuwait
08/06/12 Qatar 1 - 4 Korea Republic
12/06/12 Korea Republic 3 - 0 Lebanon
11/09/12 Uzbekistan 2 - 2 Korea Republic
16/10/12 Iran 1 - 0 Korea Republic
26/03/12 Korea Republic 2 - 1 Qatar
04/06/13 Lebanon 1 - 1 Korea Republic
11/06/13 Korea Republic 1 - 0 Uzbekistan
18/06/13 Korea Republic 0 - 1 Iran
World Cup Group Play Schedule
17/6/14 Russia vs. South Korea - Arena Pantanal
22/6/14 South Korea vs. Algeria - Estadio Beira-Rio
26/6/14 South Korea vs. Belgium - Arena Corinthians
Team Key Players
Heung-Min Son FW Bayer Leverkusen - Son is the best player on the team and one of the few that is playing in one of the top leagues in the world. He has a lot of pressure on the attack since the squad may not have many scoring chances.
Sung-Ryong Jung GK Suwon Bluewings - At times he can be great, but he can make mistakes at key times, which he can really not do in the World Cup.
Sung-Yeung Ki MF Swansea - The leader of the midfield must play well trying to thwart Belgium and Russia, who may dominate possession.