In 2002, when the World Cup was in South Korea and Japan, the Koreans won their group, beating the United States, Portugal, and Poland. But since that magical WC cycle, South Korea has struggled. The Koreans have made it to the knockout stage just once in the last four World Cup cycles. Is this the year South Korea makes it to the Round of 16? Or will Korean fans once again be disappointed? Check out South Korea’s odds to win the FIFA World Cup and a prediction as to whether or not they move to the knockout stage.
South Korea Soccer Betting Analysis and their 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup Odds
2022 Qatar World Cup
- When: Nov. 21 – Dec. 18
South Korea Odds to Win the FIFA Qatar World Cup
- South Korea +26000
South Korea’s odds make them a massive underdog to break the elite eight stranglehold and win the World Cup. Only eight nations: Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, England, Spain, France, and Italy have won the World Cup.
No other nation, not even Belgium, Portugal, or the Netherlands, has ever lifted the WC trophy. So it goes without saying that to win a World Cup you must be one of the very best soccer countries on the planet.
Is South Korea one of the top soccer nations on the planet? They’re not even close. South Korea has some good individual players.
But overall, the Koreans should have no shot versus Portugal, Belgium, or the Netherlands, much less against France, England, Brazil, Argentina or Spain. So at their odds, although high, South Korea remains an underlay to win the World Cup.
Why South Korea will move to the next round
South Korea may be due for a huge performance. At no other time in their history will South Korea send more quality players to the pitch then at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Captain Son Hueng-min plays for Tottenham. 22-year-old midfielder Jeong Woo-Yeong plays for SC Freiburg and Hwang Ui-jo plays for Bordeaux.
Those three players will ensure that South Korea is competitive during group play.
Why South Korea won’t move to the next round
Son, Hwang, and Jeong are excellent players and South Korea has very good soccer programs. But the Koreans simply aren’t good enough to challenge the two best teams in their group, Portugal and Uruguay.
Too much pressure on Son, Jeong, and Hwang, means South Korea won’t be able to sustain an attack versus their top Group H opponents.
Final Analysis – South Korea will struggle in Group H
The problem South Korea has versus Uruguay and Portugal is that those two Group H rivals can go at least two deep at every position.
South Korea must lean on their top three players to hang with Portugal and Uruguay. But the Portuguese and the Uruguayans can sit their best players, Ronaldo for Portugal and Cavani for Uruguay, and still beat Korea.
Ghana, the fourth team in Group H, also isn’t a bad team. South Korea has some talent. But it’s not enough to finish second in their group. The Koreans play well and can even finish third in Group H. Beating Portugal or Uruguay to stamp a ticket to the knockout stage, though, is asking too much.