Great Britain go into a massive quarter-final match against South Korea in the men’s football of the London 2012 Olympics this weekend, as Ladbrokes announce free bets and report Team GB are being well backed for a potential semi final clash with Brazil.
Taking place on Saturday evening, Stuart Pearce’s men – who have plenty of momentum behind them – will be hoping to make it to the last four.
After a reasonably slow start against Senegal, Team GB have found their feet in the last two games. On Wednesday evening, they made it two wins in succession with a hard fought victory over Uruguay.
This result meant that Britain’s opponents were knocked out, while the host nation finished top of their group. All in all, it was a fantastic evening for the team in front of a packed Millennium Stadium.
It has got people in the mood for more success too. Football isn’t the most high-profile event at the Olympics, but with sell-out crowds and a winning team, interest is growing as Great Britain edge closer to a medal.
Gold medals in cycling and rowing – as well as a famous win for the women’s football team over Brazil – seemed to spur the team on and Pearce will be hoping this continues on Saturday evening against South Korea.
In terms of the opposition, they have done extremely well to make it to the knockout stages with three games unbeaten. They have only conceded on goals in three games too, so Great Britain will have a tough task to break them down.
As ever in this year’s Olympic football, there is the unknown factor to deal with too. South Korea may well have some talented players, but how much do Great Britain know about them?
Captain Ryan Giggs is likely to come back into the starting line-up after being rested against Uruguay. Then, in terms of a goal threat, Daniel Sturridge – who has scored twice so far – will lead the line.
Overall, Great Britain are definitely favourites for success, but they will be wary of the threat South Korea possess. As before, it is all about making it through and the home crowd will definitely be behind them once again.