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South Korea vs Morocco Odds & Prediction – Women’s World Cup (July 30)

Gary Gowers

by Gary Gowers in Soccer News

Updated Jul 30, 2023 · 4:30 AM PDT

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  • It’s South Korea vs Morocco in the second round of Group H matches in the Women’s World Cup
  • It all kicks off in the Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide at 12:30 am ET on Sunday, July 30
  • Read on here for our South Korea vs Morocco analysis and predictions

In the early hours of Sunday morning, it’s South Korea vs Morocco who kick off their Group H game at 12:30 am ET in Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium.

Both teams desperately need a win after losing their respective openers, with Morocco hammered 6-0 by Germany and South Korea surprisingly going down 2-0 to Colombia. The poor start of both teams is reflected in the Women’s World Cup odds.

Who can pick up their first win of the tournament? See our South Korea vs Morocco picks here.

South Korea vs Morocco Odds

Matchup Moneyline
South Korea -165
Morocco +380
Draw +245

At odds of -165 for the win, South Korea has an implied probability of 62.3% to win this Group H match, while at +380 for the win, Morocco has an implied win probability of 20.8%.

The total of 2.5 goals is listed in plus money for the Over at +120 while the Under is -175 in the DraftKings Sportsbook odds.

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How to Watch South Korea vs Morocco

Viewers can watch today’s South Korea vs Morocco World Cup clash on FOX in the US at 12:30 am EST on Sunday.

Heartbreak in South Korea’s Opener

South Korea’s opener against Colombia didn’t provide the start they either hoped for or expected. The Koreans are ranked 17 in the world by FIFA compared to Colombia’s 28, so their 2-0 defeat was one that upset the odds and defied the pundits.

As a result, the South Koreans’ hopes of making it to the knockout phase hang in the balance, and defeat here against Morocco will likely signal the end of their qualification chances.

Missed Chances Cost the Koreans

But it could all have been so different if they had taken their chances in the first 15 minutes of the Columbia game. Several chances – two particularly good ones – came and went, and they were made to pay when, on 30 minutes, Shim Seo-Yeon was adjudged to have handballed inside her own penalty area.

Usme made no mistake from the spot for the Colombians and just nine minutes later Caicedo made it 2-0. South Korea’s best chance of getting back into the game came on the stroke of halftime, but Lee Geum-min’s close-range header was saved by Catalina Perez.

South Korea vs Morocco Head-to-Head Stats

0-0-1 WC 2023 Record 0-0-1
0 / 2 Goals For/Against 0 / 6
42 Possession (%) 25
59 Pass Accuracy (%) 62
17 FIFA World Ranking 72

Nightmare Opener for Morocco

Morocco didn’t expect to win in their opener against Germany, who are 70 places ahead of them in the FIFA rankings but would have hoped at least for a low-scoring defeat that would not dent their confidence. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and their 6-0 thumping was the complete opposite.

It started badly for the Moroccans when they conceded as early as the 11th minute but solid defending saw them only go in at halftime 2-0 down. Their problem, however, was being unable to secure enough possession – only 25 percent across the 90 minutes – and eventually the dam broke and they conceded four in the second half.

A Bright Opening a Must for Morocco

Against the South Koreans – who themselves had only 42 percent of the possession in their game – the Moroccans will hope to have more of the ball and, in doing so, give themselves a chance to get higher up the pitch.

A bright opening will be key to the Moroccans’ chances here, and if they can even grab an early goal then that could tilt the game in their favor. The opposite is also true, and if they concede early on, it could signal the end of their chances of progressing.

South Korea vs Morocco Lineups and Injuries

Neither team has confirmed any fresh injuries ahead of this game, but Morocco’s head coach, Reynald Pedros may decide to ring the changes after their opening-day horror show.

South Korea Projected Lineup: Yoon, Jang, Shim, Lim, Kim, Choo, Cho, Ji, Lee, Choe, Son.

Injuries & absences: None.

Morocco Projected Lineup: Er-Rmichi, Redouani, Mrabet, El Haj, Kassi, Tagnaout, Chebback, Nakkach, Ouzraoui, Ayane, Lahmari.

Injuries & absences: None

South Korea vs Morocco Prediction

It’s hard to make a case for a Morocco win, but it is clear they will perform better than they did against Germany. Whether it will be enough for them to get a point or three here remains to be seen, and an early goal for South Korea will give them a mountain to climb.

The value bet here looks to be aligning the South Korean win with the number of goals scored in the game.

South Korea vs Morocco Pick: South Korea to win and Over 2.5 goals in the game (+195) at DraftKings.


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