Team GB v South Korea: Pearce’s men can edge tight game

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Stuart Pearce’s men head into their Olympic quarter final match against South Korea knowing a victory would give them a guaranteed shot at a medal.

They have performed pretty well so far in the tournament and the young side appears to be finding an understanding after three games that saw them finish on top of their group with two wins and a draw.

The Koreans won’t be pushovers though and their tight defensive line should help limit a Team GB that has plenty of attacking flair to call upon…

Match odds

Team GB are the 5/6 favourites to win this clash and that could prove a bet well worth taking on.

They’ve looked a decent side so far and the midfield trio of Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Tom Cleverly worked well together in their 1-0 win against Uruguay earlier in the week.

They can also call upon Ryan Giggs for this encounter with the Welshman fully fit to take to the field in front of a sell-out Milennium Stadium crowd.

Pearce’s men face a side who won just one of their opening three games and found the net only twice in those opening encounters and the hosts should come out on top.

However, if you fancy a rather un-patriotic punt then the Koreans can be backed at 13/5 to end Team GB’s medal quest.

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Neither side has been particularly free-scoring and there is nothing to suggest this game will be a feast of goals.

Korea scored two goals in the group stages and conceded just one, while Team GB scored a respectable but unspectacular five and shipped two.

Backing under 2.5 goals appears to be the best way of cashing in at a fairly decent 4/7.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.