Toni Kroos’ outstanding injury-time free kick won the game for Germany last time out against Sweden, and that goal means all they need to do is beat a pointless South Korea to progress to the last 16. The Koreans are all but out of the tournament, but can they spring a surprise result? Let’s take a look with our Germany vs South Korea betting tips.
You just don’t expect Germany to struggle at this stage of a World Cup, but struggle they have.
After losing to the Mexicans first up, they went a goal down to the Swedes too when Ola Toivonen lobbed Manuel Neuer. The world champions equalised in the second period through Marco Reus, and then laid siege to Sweden’s goal: firing in 16 shots and hitting the post through Julian Brandt.
In the 95th minute, Kroos conjured up a slice of magic to secure an essential three points for the Germans.
South Korea gave a decent account of themselves against Mexico but it wasn’t quite enough, and they now face an early flight home.
But before they go, can they somehow conjure up a victory against the reigning world champions? Let’s take a look in our Germany vs South Korea betting tips.
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Germany vs South Korea Betting Tips
Germany’s last gasp victory over Sweden did not pass without consequence, and Jerome Boateng must watch on from the sidelines on Wednesday after being dismissed late into the piece.
Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller are both on yellow cards too, while Sebastian Rudy broke his nose.
But don’t expect wholesale changes from Joachim Low; he knows he cannot afford to take the Koreans lightly.
Joo Hoo Park and Sung-Yueng Ki look likely to miss out for South Korea, who will once again rely on the quality of Heung-min Son to create any attacking opportunities.
Statistically speaking, Germany have dominated both of their opening matches, and you’d expect them to do so here with around 70% possession and countless shots on goal.
Can South Korea withstand the barrage, and come up with a goal or two of their own? It seems highly unlikely.
This could be the game where Germany finally click, and as such we’re backing them with a -1 handicap with William Hill at 4/7.
Germany vs South Korea Betting Tips: Side Markets
There will be a desire to top Group F for Germany; that will ensure they are likely to avoid playing Brazil in the last 16.
To top the pile, they will need to win handsomely and hope that Sweden can conjure a victory over Mexico.
That’s not impossible, and the Germans will want to take care of their own business by playing on the front foot once more.
Their attacking style has been yielding shots on target at their own end, however, with Mexico and Sweden firing in a combined ten.
And so we can take on one of NetBet’s ‘specials’ markets: Over 10.5 shots on target in the match at 20/21.