Lebanon is out of the race for the World Cup and not even winning the remaining games will help them in advance to the main event. Korea Republic could capitalize on their opponents’ lack of motivation and win the first game away from home while overtaking Uzbekistan for the first place in group A.
Match: Lebanon vs Korea Republic
Bet: Over 2.5
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.86
Korea Republic won three of the five games played so far and have one match in hand over the group leaders, not to mention that they will face Uzbekistan at home one week from now. Basically, the visitors have an excellent chance of winning the group in the next seven days and they would hit two birds with one stone if they defeat Lebanon. The two teams have met five times and Korea Republic crushed their opponents at home while losing and drawing away.
They have no fitness concerns ahead of this fixture and won the latest game, putting an end to a three games losing streak. Two of them were friendly matches played against Australia and Croatia, and they’ve highlighted Korea Republic’s defensive fragility. Perhaps more worrisome ahead of this confrontation is the lack of form for their strikers, with neither Dong-Gook Lee nor Shin-Wook Kim being sharp lately. Given the fact that Lebanon will start with a 5-4-1 starting formation featuring Mohamad Haidar upfront, the visitors can safely focus on the offense, and give their strikers plenty of chances to score.
This would be the first time ever for Korea Republic to defeat Lebanon at home, but it is also the perfect time for the visitors to prevail in Beirut. The hosts have nothing to lose and will introduce another striker if Korea Republic scored early, making it worth betting on the Over 2.5 goals to be scored at odds of 1.86 with Pinnacle Sports.