World Cup 2010, Group B: All Hope Is Not Lost For Nigeria
Following a second consecutive defeat in their opening two games, Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo confessed his team were all but out of the tournament. But, Group B is fascinatingly-poised and all Nigerian hope is not lost.
Irish bookmakers Paddy Power and Boylesports are offering odds of 10/3 for Nigeria to qualify from Group B.
A win for the Super Eagles against South Korea and victory for Maradona’s rampant Argentina side could see the African challengers through to the next stage of World Cup 2010.
Yobo’s defensive partner, Danny Shittu knows what it will take and said: “This is the time when we need to show the strength in our character and we must win the next game."
The two-time African champions hold the upper hand in terms of physical power and will again look to big performances from marauding midfielder Kalu Uche and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, both of whom have caught the eye in their previous matches.
Nigeria have problems at left-back with both Taye Taiwo and Uwa Echiejile doubtful for the match with South Korea.
Both two sides share a common weakness, namely their tendency to commit defensive errors and the game should not lack for goals. Betfred offer odds of 11/10 for both teams to score.
South Korea play an intelligent, quick counter-attacking game, which worked to great effect against Greece in the opening game but which was simply over-run by Argentina.
The Koreans will look to talismanic captain, Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, as well as defensive rock Lee Jung-Soo and midfield orchestrator Kim Jung-Woo, to ensure at least the draw that is required to progress.
Park Ji-sung’s goal against Greece made him the first South Korean to score at three World Cups and Betfred offer odds of 9/2 for Park Ji-sung to score at anytime during the game.