South Korea vs Ukraine Odds & Pick for U-20 World Cup Finals.

South Korea vs Ukraine Odds & Pick for U-20 World Cup Finals

Written by on June 14, 2019

After both teams pulled off a mini-upset in the semi-finals, South Korea and Ukraine will meet on Saturday in the finals of the U-20 World Cup. Ukraine is the betting favorite with a money line of +139. However, South Korea isn’t far behind at +224. South Korea has spent this tournament finding a way to survive and advance. They lost their opener to Portugal before getting on track. The Asian side also had to survive a penalty kick shootout with Senegal in the quarterfinals before surprising Ecuador in the semi-finals. Ukraine, on the other hand, has been far more efficient and consistent throughout the tournament. They’ve won five of their six games, with three of those wins coming by a 1-0 scoreline. The Ukrainians have allowed just three goals during their six games, and one of those came in a lopsided 4-1 over Panama in the Round of 16. Let’s take a look at the Soccer Odds for this one.

South Korea vs Ukraine Odds & Pick for U-20 World Cup Finals

They Say It Wins Championships

As mentioned, Ukraine’s defense has been their biggest strength during the tournament. Despite some close calls, holding both Colombia and Italy scoreless in their last two games is nothing short of impressive. Outside of their 4-1 win over Panama, Ukraine has lost the possession battle in all of their games. But they’ve put a great deal of trust in goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and their backline to keep opponents off the scoreboard. However, center back Denys Popov will miss the final against South Korea after getting a red card in the semi-finals. Going hand in hand with their strong defensive record has been Ukraine’s impressive counterattack. Popov has contributed goals as well and Ukraine will be less dangerous on set pieces without him. However, Danylo Sikan and Serhiy Buletsa have shown great quality in the attacking third of the field, capitalizing on scoring chances in unsettled situations.

The Straw That Stirs the Drink

South Korea has slowly grown into the tournament after entering with modest expectations. A huge part of their surprising success has been midfielder Lee Kang-in, a rising star with Spanish club Valencia. Lee has just one goal in the tournament, but he’s been instrumental in setting up his teammates, accumulating three assists in Korea’s last two games. It’s vital that he continues to give the Koreans a star effort. Much like Ukraine, South Korea has played most of the tournament without the ball. They’ve had to do a lot of defending and the results have been mixed. Goalie Lee Gwang-Yeon made six saves in the semi-finals against Ecuador to secure a 1-0 win. But the Koreans also allowed three goals in the quarterfinals against Senegal, so they’ve been vulnerable at times on that end of the field.

Shock the World

Both South Korea and Ukraine were heavy underdogs heading into the tournament, so no matter the result on Saturday, both have shocked the world. In the end, Ukraine is the more balanced team and the safer pick. Even with Popov out, they are strong defensively and have multiple players who are serious threats in the attack. Bet on Ukraine to take home the U-20 World Cup title.