At 7/2 a South Korea squad including Arsenal’s Park Chu-Young and Yun Suk-Young of Queens Park Rangers look the value to prevail in bwin’s highest achieving ‘rest of the world’ team betting at the 2014 World Cup.
The Taegeuk Warriors’ none more banal Group H berth gives them every opportunity of serving it up to 7/4 Japan and 5/2 Mexico, both of whom are fancied to go deeper in the competition by the bwin layers.
Hong Myung-Bo’s side, which also includes representatives of Cardiff City, Swansea and Bolton Wanderers, must take on unproven Belgium, mercurial Russia and uninspiring Algeria in a section that offers a very real chance of progress.
By contrast ‘best of the rest of the world’ favourites Japan must extricate themselves from among a far trickier trio of foes in Group A.
A Colombian outfit including James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez, defensive-parsimony specialists Greece and the last stand of Ivory Coast’s golden generation bar the way for the Blue Samurai.
Mexico, meanwhile, are in a equally tricky section, with El Tri set to scrap it out with Cameroon and Croatia for silver medal honours behind the all-powerful host nation.
Beyond the aforementioned threesome it’s more difficult to foresee second-round qualification for fellow rest-of-the-worlders USA (who share a group with Germany and Portugal) Iran, Australia, Costa Rica and Honduras.
Japan and South Korea’s manageable groups give them every opportunity of reaching the first knock-out game where both will come up against intimidating foes.
Should the former qualify from Group C they can expect a date with Uruguay, Italy or England, while that latter will most likely be served up the Germans or Portugal.
At this point it becomes a question of value, with neither likely to progress, making the Taeguk Warriors the side to be on at double the odds of their AFC foes.