After picking up maximum points from their first two encounters, Portugal will now look to secure top spot in Group H.
With South Korea finding themselves two points behind Ghana, they know that it is win or bust on Friday afternoon.
Kitchen Sink Time
As the final round of Group H fixtures appear on the horizon, three nations are competing over two knockout stage berths. With Ghana and Uruguay facing each other, South Korea have been given the most difficult task of all.
Not only do they have to win their last of three guaranteed fixtures, but they also need to get the better of a red-hot Portugal. While because nobody really wants to finish second in Group H, the 2016 European Champions will not be looking to take their foot off the pedal.
While the reason nobody really wants to finish as the second-best outfit in this league, is because there is likely to be the small matter of Brazil lurking around the corner and therefore, Portugal will be looking to get the one point they need to secure top spot.
Which means the equation for South Korea should be relatively easy for them to solve. If they can get the better of Portugal, it will all depend on what happens in the clash between Ghana and Uruguay.
If South Korea win and Ghana do the same, it will be the African nation who not only advance to the Round of 16 but also banish the ghosts of South Africa 2010 and that handball from Luis Suarez.
If South Korea win and Ghana only manage a share of the points, goal difference will be the first tiebreaker that is used to split these two nations. Goals scored could also be used, but the head-to-head record will favour Otto Addo’s men.
Should South Korea and Uruguay both pick up wins on the final day of Group H, it would be a race for goals. Although when you consider that the South American outfit are yet to score, this would put them at a substantial disadvantage.
A disadvantage that was reinforced after defeat to Portugal and although there was controversy over whether Cristiano Ronaldo scored or not, there was no controversy in terms of which nation deserved maximum points.
The second maximum of their tournament so far and although three group stage wins gives you nothing in terms of bonus points, it does offer a statement towards the rest of this year’s World Cup favourites.
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- Bruno Fernandes to score anytime
- Both teams to score
- Under 4 total goals
For my latest bet builder offering, the spotlight is being shown on Bruno Fernandes. With the Manchester United star being involved in four World Cup goal contributions thus far, my hunch is that he finds the net on Friday.
Then again, with the situation that South Korea find themselves in, they will need goals just as much. With this in mind, I am backing both teams to score but a maximum of three in total. Which means when you combine all three choices together, this one is priced at 14/1.