South Korea Team Info – All Eyes on Son Heung-min
South Korea will enter the World Cup for the 11th time in their history. The nation achieved their best finish in 2002, when they co-hosted the World Cup with Japan. South Korea managed to reach the semi-finals, but were knocked out by Germany. They then lost to Turkey in the third place playoffs to finish in fourth place. In the 2018 World Cup, South Korea were drawn into a group with Mexico, Sweden, and the reigning champions, Germany. They lost their games against Mexico and Sweden, but in the last game they caused Germany a huge upset. Germany needed a win to secure a place in the round of 16, but South Korea held them at 0-0 until the 94th minute, when they scored. They then scored again in the 96th minute, to crush any chance Germany had to survive the group. South Korea finished in third and did not reach the knockout stage.
In their qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, South Korea finished second in AFC Group A. They would have made the first place if they won their last game, but they lost 3-0 to the United Arab Emirates. Their qualifiers were a great success, with captain Son Heung-min scoring 4 goals, and midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon registering 3. A lot of South Koreans play in the K League 1, but there are a few who play in the top leagues in Europe. This includes their main forward Son Heung-min, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, and midfielders Lee Jae-sung, Jeong Woo-yeong, Hwang Hee-chan, and Lee Kang-in, who play in the Bundesliga, Premier League, and La Liga.
Ghana Team Info – Pressure on Inaki Williams
Ghana will enter the World Cup with a lot of enthusiasm after the latest squad update was revealed by the team. Inaki Williams, who is the first team striker for Athletic Bilbao, had represented Spain at a senior level in 2016, but he decided to revoke his place in the Spanish national team, and to play for Ghana instead. He is famously fast, and though he is not an out and out striker at Athletic Bilbao, he will be a welcome addition to the Ghanaian team. Ghana scored 8 goals in all their 8 qualification games. They had a bye to the first round, and in the second round they won in a group where they were level on points with South Africa, but had scored more goals, so they took the first place. They then faced Nigeria over two legs, the first of which ended 0-0, and the second game ended 1-1, with Ghana going through on away goals.
The addition of Inaki William will certainly freshen up Ghana's strikeforce, which consists of Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Richmond Boakye, and the Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan. The brothers are the best capped players in the team, Andre having 106 caps and 23 goals, whilst Jordan has 81 caps and 19 goals. In the midfield, they can play Thomas Partey, Iddrisu Baba, and Mohammed Kudus, amongst their many options. In defence, they have Abdul Rahman Baba, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Jonathan Mensah, and more. Their main goalkeeper is Richard Ofori, who has 24 caps.
South Korea vs Ghana Head-to-head
South Korea and Ghana have played against each other 9 times. South Korea has won 4 times, as has Ghana, and one game ended in a draw. Their most recent meeting was in 2014, when Ghana thrashed South Korea 4-0.
South Korea vs Ghana Betting Preview
This will be a dramatic game, with both teams desperate to win in their attempt to reach the round of 16. Despite the fact that South Korea sits 32 places higher than Ghana in the world rankings, these two teams may be more evenly matched than a lot of punters may think. If you are confident that South Korea will win, you will find that the odds are relatively long. You may want to raise the stakes even more by betting on them to win with a handicap, or betting on them to score in both halves, or even bet on Son Heung-min to score. Alternatively, if you are more hesitant to pick an outright match winner, you may turn to bets such as double chance, which has some insurance.
These are bets on the result of the match, only you will pick two outcomes instead of one. You can bet on South Korea to win or the game to end in a draw, South Korea or Ghana to win, or Ghana to win or the game to end in a draw. If the match ends in one of the chosen results, you will win your bet.
Handicap betting is when you bet on a team to win the match by a certain margin or more. You will have to pick one of multiple negative numbers, and the idea is that your chosen team should win the match after the number you picked is subtracted from their score. There are also positive handicaps which are added to a team’s score, but as you will notice these shorten a team’s odds whilst the negative handicaps extend them.
If you pick South Korea to beat Ghana with a handicap of -1.5 then you will need South Korea to win by 2 or more goals. If you bet on South Korea to win with a handicap of -1 then you will also need them to win by 2 or more goals, but should they only win by 1 goal then you will receive your money back. This is because the two teams will be level after the handicap is applied, and therefore the match will be a draw.
You can also place a handicap of -1.25 which will split your stake in two, putting half of it on a handicap of -1.5 and the other half on a handicap of -1. If South Korea wins the game by 2 or more goals then you will receive your full winnings, but should they only win by 1 goal, you will receive a refund of half your stake.
Over/Under Total Goals
With this bet you will have to predict how many goals will be scored in the match between South Korea and Ghana. There will be multiple betting lines, each one with a bet for over and under, and you can simply pick your bet. For example, you can bet on over a line of 3.5, and that will require South Korea and Ghana to score 3 or more goals in the match. If you bet on under 3.5, then the two teams should score 3 goals or fewer.
And Far More
Your betting options are not limited to the bets listed above, as you will find there are many more exciting markets available for the match between South Korea and Ghana. You may bet on South Korea to score in both halves, either team to score in the first 5 minutes, Ghana to keep a clean sheet, South Korea to score over 2.5 goals, Ghana to score the first goal, South Korea to reverse the result, South Korea to win both halves, and much more.
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