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Nic Ladds 25th Jun 2010 - 13:19

This could be the highlight of Forlan's Korea

Uruguay have a great chance of making the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they take on a plucky South Korean side in the first round of 16 match in South Africa.

Uruguay (10/11) are favourites, and rightly so to overcome the challenge of South Korea. They topped a tough group with wins over South Africa and Mexico and also picked up a point of the disappointing French.

South Korea (7/2) managed to finish second in Group B with a win over the Greeks, a draw against Nigeria and an understandable 4-1 defeat to Argentina.

This is by no means either side's best position in the World Cup. Uruguay have won it twice; including the first ever campaign in 1930. South Korea managed to finish fourth when they were joint hosts back in 2002, although before and since that - they have never made it past the groups.

Both sides hold pretty impressive records that will come to an end for one of them in this match.

South Korea have managed to score in all three matches so far, a total of five goals in three matches so they certainly have an eye for goal.

Uruguay have been solid at the back and are one of the few sides to not concede a single goal in the group stages.

The reason Uruguay will win this one is mainly down to one man - Diego Forlan. The Atletico Madrid front man has two goals so far and is full of confidence, he has looked lively from the start and is sure to be among the chances (4/1 to score first, evens to score anytime). If he could lead his country to the next round after leading his club to Europa League glory last season, it really could be the highlight of his career.

Forlan's striking partner is also one to watch, Luis Suarez. The Ajax striker has scored 53 goals in 60 appearances for club and country this season and is lethal in front of goal (6/1 first, 7/4 anytime).

As impressive as it is for South Korea to get this far, they have ridden their luck at certain points so far. They have conceded six goals in two matches and with the attacking threat from Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez in this match, their keeper could be in for another busy day.

Where South Korea are lethal is from set-pieces, they have scored more than half their goals from dead ball situations. Teams who are so well organised in such situations always pose a threat and when you combine that threat with Uruguay's attackers, I can really see both teams scoring here (13/10).

South Korea will not make it easy for the South Americans though, they are well organised and can run all day, closing down the space and keeping it tight.

I expect the match to be pretty comfortable but not comprehensive for Uruguay. I will be backing the 2-1 and 3-1 scorelines at 8/1 and 16/1 respectively.

It might not be the most attractive prospect to kick off the knock-out stages of the World Cup but both sides have earned the right with some impressive performances and the prospect of playing either Ghana or U.S.A means a semi-final spot is within reach for the victor.

 

 
 
 

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