South Korea have a tough opening game when they take on likely Group H runners-up Russia at Cuiaba and will have to be at their best to get a result.
Russia exceeded expectations to top their World Cup qualifying group, but cannot afford to take it easy as Taegeuk Warriors will relish the underdog tag and the chance to cause an upset. Fabio Capello's side can be backed at a shade above the even money mark in the match odds market and that looks a fair enough price, although they probably won't roll their opponents over.
A Correct Score bet of 2-0 returns a tidy profit and those playing the goal-scorer markets will find that midfielder Roman Shirokov represents a better value bet than the obvious candidates of Alexander Kerzhakov and Aleksandr Kokorin as an Anytime Goalscorer, while Kerzhakov is the safest option in the First Goalscorer market. Those fancying South Korea to get on the score-sheet will get a good price on both Chu-Young Park and Keun-Ho Lee to open their accounts for the tournament against a tough opponent.
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