Red Devils to end Korean hell in Sao Paulo.
Belgium have huffed and puffed and eventually blown down the straw houses of Algeria and Russia so far. They are already through to the last 16 but have yet to display the kind of free-flowing football promised by their near-perfect qualifying campaign.
Marc Wilmots’ side have surprisingly struggled to score goals in Brazil but much of that can be put down to Romelu Lukaku’s insipid performances.
He showed his displeasure at being substituted against the Russians but could have few excuses as he’s only managed one attempt on goal so far and his pass completion rate is easily the worst in the Belgian squad.
To make matters worse, his teenage replacement Divock Origi went on to score the winner in his team’s second game and is pressing for a starting place.
There is no doubt that the Red Devils are talented but they won’t get much further unless starting to play to their potential and teams have figured out that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the man most likely to create something out of nothing.
That said, a third straight win against South Korea should be a formality and our 4/5 look decent odds. The physical presence of Lukaku, if he plays, and Marouane Felaini might prove too much for Hong Myung-bo’s men, who were blown away by Algeria in Porto Alegre having played out a bore-draw with the unambitious Russians in Cuiaba.
There was s suspicion of a real of lack of quality among the Korean ranks before the tournament started and those fears have been borne out.
Though they’ll give it a go, you would expect Belgium to be much too strong over 90 minutes even though they have relatively little to play for.
The Europeans can be backed on the handicap, conceding a goal start, at 11/5.
The match kicks off at 9pm UK time on Thursday June 26th at the Arena de Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo.