South Korea is a huge World Cup sportsbook betting longshot. Nobody in their wildest dreams expects a deep run from them. Sweden is also a longshot. But they are +15000 compared to the South Korean price of +35000. Yet despite the stark difference Sweden is not a huge power chalk in their match. South Korea has the problem of an anemic offense. That is because of a lack of top shelf talent. Even home fans are thinking ahead to future World Cups. Sweden is hard working and disciplined. They are not deep with world class talent either.
Sweden vs. South Korea
Date and Time: Monday, June 18, 2018 8 a.m. ET
Location: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
World Cup Betting Online Odds : South Korea + ½ (-130), Sweden – ½ (+115), Over 2 (-129), Under 2 (+114), South Korea +275, Sweden +115, Draw +230
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Sweden went through a big transition after Euro 2016. The Zlatan Ibrahimovic era came to and end. Manager Erik Hamren departed afterwards as well. New coach Janne Andersson has emphasized effort and structure. A potential wild card is Ibrahimovic coming out of retirement. Some fear if he does it would disrupt new team unity. Not to mention Andersson’s style of play with the 4-4-2. Sweden is now ranked 23rd by FIFA. That does not make for World Cup sportsbook betting appeal.
Recent history is also unimpressive for the “Blue-Yellow.” They last qualified in 2006. Their best recent finish was third place in 1994. If Sweden is to advance Emil Forsberg will be a major reason as to why. The midfielder is the star of the team. Forsberg has six goals and 34 caps for the Swedes. He is celebrated for an element of imagination. Another midfielder figures to play an important role as well. Viktor Claesson is emerging as one of the best at his position.
Sweden impressed in the group phase of qualifying. They took apart Holland. Defeating a good team from France added credibility. And their playoff win over Italy was inspiring. Under Andersson defense prevails as priority. Seven clean sheets in qualifying indicate the players have bought in. Of concern to an already limited offense is Jakob Johansson. He scored the winning goal against Italy. But damaged cruciate ligaments may limit his ability in the tournament.
South Korea has had to deal with a lot of sportsbook online negativity. Their qualification was among the least impressive of the 32 teams. They won only four out of ten games. The South Koreans were lucky to play in such a weak group. The poor results caused head coach Uli Stielike his job. Shen Tae Yong is the new head man. He is respected and known as a motivator. Tactics wise he is nowhere near elite. The World Cup stage is not a friendly class room. Yet that is Shen Tae Yong’s predicament.
Matchup to Watch
Fans of offense won’t likely find much to enjoy in this match. This could be among the most defensive World Cup sportsbook betting games. But Sweden at least has some skill. Not to mention a coherent plan.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
South Korea has nothing to offer here. Sweden is the call by default.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Sweden
World Cup Betting Online Score Prediction: Sweden 1, South Korea 0