The Taegeuk Warriors have been handed a tough draw in Russia and that is reflected in the South Korea World Cup 2018 odds.
South Korea will be competing at a ninth straight finals, with their best effort being fourth place when co-hosts with Japan in 2002.
On that occasion, they topped a pool featuring the USA, Portugal and Poland, before beating Italy in extra-time and edging out Spain on penalties, only to lose 1-0 to Germany in the semis.
However, the Taegeuk Warriors have found life much tougher when competing in other countries.
They progressed from their pool at South Africa 2010 but have otherwise suffered a series of early exits.
Shin Tae-yong’s side were also far from convincing in qualifying for Russia 2018, trailing Iran by seven points when second in a pretty moderate Asian section.
South Korea are invariably disciplined at the back, but just 11 goals scored in 10 games is a worrying stat.
One plus point when considering your South Korea World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions is that they do at least face Sweden and Mexico before a daunting finale versus Germany.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Much will depend on whether Son Heung-min can transfer his outstanding exploits for Tottenham over the past couple of seasons onto this elite international stage.
The energetic Spurs winger was his country’s leading marksman in qualifying with seven goals and never gives anything less than 100 per cent.
Fellow front men Lee Keun-ho and Kim Shin-wook possess similar hard-working qualities and have plenty of big-match experience.
In midfield, Swansea stalwart Ki Sung-yueng and Lee Chung-yong of Crystal Palace can be relied upon to keep things tight.
Defender Kim Young-gwon was a key member of the South Korea side which reached the semi-finals at the London 2012 Olympics and plies his trade in China with Guangzhou Evergrande.
Rank (world): 61
WC appearances: 9
Best effort: Fourth in 2002
Road to Russia
Uzbekistan 0-0 KOR
KOR 0-0 Iran
Qatar 3-2 KOR
KOR 1-0 Syria
China 1-0 KOR
KOR 2-1 Uzbekistan
Iran 1-0 KOR
KOR 2-2 Qatar
Kim Young-gwon (D)
Ki Sung-yueng (M)
Lee Chung-yong (M)
Son Heung-min (F)
Shin Tae-yong – KOR