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2012 Olympics Medal Predictions: South Korea vs. Brazil Tips & Picks 8/7/12

Olympics Men’s Soccer South Korea vs. Brazil: No More Neymar For Brazil: One of the upstarts of the Olympics Soccer Tournament, South Korea, will be taking to the pitch at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in what should be one of the best matches on the docket in this entire tournament. Don’t miss our live South Korea vs. Brazil picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable outing between two different teams with vastly different styles of playing the beautiful game.

No team has had a more interesting road to the semifinals than this South Korean team, which has had just about everything thrown at it imaginable. The squad has played from behind and played from ahead, and now, it has survived a dreaded penalty shootout against Great Britain, the host nation. Meanwhile, the Brazilians just continue to steamroll anything in their way, notching three goals against all of its opponents thus far in this tournament, though we do have to point out that the level of competition really hasn’t been all that great, and the level of organization that they have faced hasn’t been nearly as strong as it is going to be on Tuesday night.

South Korea vs. Brazil Schedule and Match Information
South Korea vs. Brazil Match Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
South Korea vs. Brazil Stadium: Old Trafford
South Korea vs. Brazil Live on TV: NBC Sports Network
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South Korea vs. Brazil Match Odds: Brazil -1 (-107)
South Korea vs. Brazil Odds To Advance To Semifinals: Brazil (-450)
South Korea vs. Brazil Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -115)

What an amazing match the South Koreans played to dismiss the hosts of this tournament! They ended up losing Jung Sungryong in the 62nd minute to a shoulder injury and had to suddenly rely on Lee Bumyoung to be able to come in to shut the door against one of the top offensive sides in this tournament. Kim Changsoo also had to leave early with an injury to boot. Four yellow cards and two penalties against, both of which had to be considered relatively suspect in nature, weren’t enough to keep the Koreans down, though. The goal by Ji Dongwon got the job done to take the lead, and though a goal on one of those PKs was later conceded, in the end, organization kept the back of the net relatively clean. In the penalty shootout, there wasn’t much in the way of fancy play, as the young South Korea team stepped up and produced five straight goals on five efforts. Even though South Korea only had 42 percent of the possession, it rarely felt like the team was in danger of allowing all that many goals in the match, something that has become a staple in this tournament.

Brazil has a number of players – six to be exact – that are going to have to be careful to avoid picking up a caution in this match. If any of the six do, they will be forced to sit out either the Gold Medal match or the Bronze Medal match, depending upon the outcome of this one. Though the Brazilians have scored 12 goals in three matches, we definitely have our cause for concern. Belarus was able to jump out to the early lead against them, and Egypt nearly completed a comeback from down 3-0 in the second half. Honduras has one of the up and coming teams in the world, but the truth of the matter is that the talent level was never comparable. The likes of Neymar, Thiago Silva, Hulk, Oscar, Danilo… The list goes on and on of the players that could be stars on the senior team as well as this de facto U-23 squad. Still, Honduras was able to go up 1-0 and took a 2-1 lead, and the latter came with just 10 men on the pitch. Frustration spilled over in the form of eight yellow cards, and that’s probably what kept the Hondurans from ultimately having a chance to win the match, but it definitely should have served as a warning shot to the only South American side left in this tournament.

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South Korea vs. Brazil Match Preview & Analysis: Be careful, Brazil. Be very, very careful. If the Brazilians end up falling behind to the Koreans early, it could be a long road back to get level. This is a team that plays tremendous defense night in and night out, and that could, and should mean that goals will be at a premium. In the end, we are willing to take a shot that South Korea ends up advancing into the finale this weekend, shocking the rest of soccer world.

South Korea vs. Brazil Punting Tip: South Korea Advances (+350) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

South Korea vs. Brazil Score Prediction: South Korea 2 – Brazil 1 (ET)

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2012 Olympics Soccer Picks: Great Britain vs. South Korea Match Preview 8/4/12

Great Britain vs. South Korea Match Analysis: Craig Bellamy, England To Fall To South Korea: The entire country of England is going to be rallying behind the 2012 Great Britain men’s football team, as it tries to move on to the semifinals of the Olympics soccer tournament on Saturday night. The Brits are going to take on South Korea, a very disciplined team that is hoping to find the most success on the soccer pitches that it has found since it hosted the World Cup 10 years ago.

There was never really a doubt this year that the Great Britain side was going to be in the knockout rounds of this tournament. The men flying under the Union Jack really never had all that much to worry about, though it did have to be concerning to get just a point from the team’s opening game against Senegal. Aside from that though, there really weren’t any problems to win Group A. For South Korea though, the task was much harder. It took two scoreless draws and a narrow escape from Switzerland to be the runners up in Group B, though at least right now, the path looks at least possible to get into the Olympics Final next week.

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Great Britain vs. South Korea Schedule and Match Information
Great Britain vs. South Korea Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 4th, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Great Britain vs. South Korea Stadium: Millennium Stadium
Great Britain vs. South Korea on TV: NBC Soccer Channel, NBC Sports Network
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Great Britain vs. South Korea Match Odds: Great Britain -0.5 (+110)
Great Britain vs. South Korea Odds To Advance To Semifinals: Great Britain (-190)
Great Britain vs. South Korea Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -120)

Coming into the Olympics, the Brits knew that their de facto England team was going to need to show some spunk in matches like this one. The Three Lions have a history of choking in major matches, and this might be no exception at the younger level as well. Leaders like Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy, players that have been in these types of fixtures before know what it is like to be here, but there is a big difference between playing and winning. So far, life really is good for the Brits though, especially Bellamy and Giggs, both of which have found the back of the net. Daniel Sturridge is one of the many players on this team that looks to have an impact on the senior squad in the coming years, and he has been a real offensive force, coming up with nine shots, seven of which have come on target and two of which have scored. Finding some consistency on both ends of the pitch is the key though, as this is a squad that has looked oh so good at times, and oh so bad at others.

Don’t let that No. 28 mark on the Men’s FIFA Soccer Rankings fool you. This South Korea team can play. Even at the youngest levels of soccer, a lot of these Asian countries really preach the fundamentals of the game, and at this level, that generally means fantastic defense. Needless to say, we haven’t been disappointed. Only Switzerland figured out how to get one past keeper Sungryong Jung, and even that came in a fixture that was won for the Koreans. Sure, there are just two goals to speak of, on by Bokyung Kim and one by Chuyoung Park, but the fact of the matter is that the team is committing very few fouls and is taking advantage of its limited opportunities. We saw a very similar style on the women’s side lead to a win for Japan Over Brazil on Friday, and if the bunker style of playing defense and going on counterattacks proves to be worthwhile, this could be the second straight day that we see a team from Great Britain bounced out of the soccer portion of this competition.

Great Britain vs. South Korea Match Preview & Analysis: A team from England has all of the pressure in the world on it in an international match against a team that just figures out how to play disciplined ball? This just doesn’t look good from the way that we’re looking at it for the Brits. We don’t know when and how the Koreans are going to get the job done, but the job done they will do, and that will truly disappoint all of the British fans that are going to be in attendance at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Great Britain vs. South Korea Punting Tip: South Korea To Advance (+160) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Great Britain vs. South Korea Score Prediction: Great Britain 0 – South Korea 1

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