THE second round of group games kicks-off tonight with Nigeria and South Korea both looking to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Nigeria will feel their 3-0 loss to Norway wasn’t a fair reflection of their game given the chances they were able to create on the counter. A similar approach should serve them well here and if they can play from in front then the space afforded as Korea push forward will provide them plenty of opportunity to put away some chances going forward.
Their opener against Norway was just the second time in their last eight games that they were held scoreless, and we don’t see them being shut out by this Korea Republic side.
A comprehensive 4-0 loss to host nation France wasn’t a huge surprise for South Korea, but what is concerning is the lack of attacking intent and talent that the squad is offering at the moment.
While the team has comfortably dispatched of some lesser opposition in the past they’ve managed very few chances and goals against teams of similar or better calibre.
They were held scoreless by Sweden in their final warm up game and by China earlier this year, while games against Australia and Japan saw them manage just a single goal in 4-1 and 2-1 losses respectively.
Korea have managed just two wins in their last eight games – coming against New Zealand and Argentina – and they were the only two games in which they managed a clean sheet.
Nigeria’s women pose a far bigger threat going forward than both those nations and if they play with the same intent as they did in their opener they’ll likely be rewarded with something out of this game.
We had these teams very evenly priced and to get a +0.25 handicap at plus-money is too much value to overlook here. This is a great edge for the perceived underdogs to net us some profits.
Tip: Nigeria +0.0, +0.5 @ $2.07 (Betfair)