Russia v South Korea is the final game of the first “batch” of World Cup matches and could prove crucial in Group H, with these sides likely to be battling with Algeria for the runners-up spot behind group favourites Belgium. Read on for our match preview complete with the best online betting odds, betting tips and analysis of the game.

Russia qualified well for the World Cup, beating off Portugal to gain automatic qualification and conceding just five goals in the process. Managed by former England boss Fabio Capello they are typically organised and compact and whilst critics argue they don’t score enough goals they will prove very hard to beat in Brazil.

South Korea are playing in their eighth consecutive World Cup but this squad lacks some of the quality of recent South Korean groups and they could struggle to make an impact in Brazil. As ever they are fit and well-drilled but we feel that won’t be enough here and Russia are undoubtedly worthy favourites and well worth a bet.

Capello’s men can be backed at decent enough betting odds of 5/4 whilst the Koreans are out at 3/1 and the draw is 5/2 and we have to fancy Russia at those odds. Moreover, given their defensive solidity, backing them to win to nil also looks a good bet at longer odds, whilst our correct score prediction would be 1-0 or perhaps even 2-0.

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