Preview: South Korea vs. Belgium

Head coach Marc Wilmots of Belgium jumps for joy after defeating Russia 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2014
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Sports Mole looks ahead to the Group H meeting of South Korea and Belgium on Thursday evening.

South Korea still have slim hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stages but will need to beat Group H leaders Belgium in Sao Paulo on Thursday night.

The Asian side have only earned one point so far in the tournament but will qualify for the last 16 if they beat Marc Wilmots's side by more goals than Russia, if they see off Algeria.

Hong Myung-Bo's side will also progress if they beat Belgium by three goals and Algeria and Russia share a draw.

Despite already guaranteeing a place in the last 16, Belgium are not sure to finish top of the group. If they are beaten and Algeria overcome Russia, then the African side will finish in first place.

Wilmots is likely to start Divock Origi ahead of Romelu Lukaku up front after his late winner against Russia on Sunday.

Thomas Vermaelen is also struggling with injury and may have to sit out.

The last time these two sides met was in a friendly 15 years ago when Sandy Martens scored twice for Belgium in a 2-1 win.

Recent form

South Korea: LDLLWL

Belgium: WWWWWD

Possible starting lineups

South Korea: Jung S-R, Yun S-Y, Kim Y-G, Son H-M, Park C-Y, Lee Y, Koo J-C, Han K-Y, Ki S-Y, Lee C-Y, Hong J-H

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen; Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne; Mertens, Mirallas, Origi

Sports Mole says: 0-2

Russia's defender and captain Sergey Ignashevich watches Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku control the ball during the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2014
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