South Korea vs Mexico: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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23rd June 2018 – 11:00 ET
Group F – Rostov Arena – TV: TSN
Mexico and South Korea meet on June 23rd with both sides seeking three points in their second group game. On paper, this is the easiest fixture for both sides in Group F and they will want to take full advantage. Mexico are accustomed to qualifying for the knock-out rounds and Juan Carlos Osorio’s side will not want to exit at this early stage. South Korea didn’t score many goals during qualifying but they are tough to break down and could take a least a point from this encounter.
Following their exploits against Germany, Mexico will go into this game as the favourites. They will be expected to follow up their victory with three points against South Korea but they mustn’t assume that the job is complete. They have qualified for the knock-out rounds in each of their last six World Cups and they are expected to continue that run in Russia. They were very effective against Joachim Low’s side although they rode their luck at times. South Korea struggled to create chances against Sweden and were defeated by a single goal. They looked lively in the last 20 minutes but it wasn’t enough to stop them slipping to a narrow loss. They failed to muster a shot on target and they are likely to fall short here. Mexico can be backed at 1.60 with Pinnacle.
South Korea vs Mexico Preview
South Korea left Son Heung-min largely isolated in their 1-0 defeat to Sweden and many Korean fans feel as though Shin Tae-yong got his tactics wrong. They were facing two burly centre-backs with a lack of mobility, yet they failed to properly test Andreas Granqvist and Pontus Jansson. A re-think will be required for this second Group F match. They can’t afford to lose this tie.
Mexico have put themselves in an excellent position and sit joint-top of Group F. They will fancy their chances of qualifying for the knock-out round and if they can replicate their performance against Germany, they will have very few problems here. They looked dangerous in the final third and they are likely to cause problems for South Korea.
This game is likely to be a reasonably tight and cagey affair with both sides desperate to pick up three points. Mexico would love to go into their final fixture with qualification virtually sealed whilst South Korea cannot afford to drop any more points.
Mexico generally concede goals and they have injuries at the back. South Korea need to improve their finishing but they could get on the scoresheet here. It looks a tricky call but backing Under 3.5 Goals at 1.25 with William Hill looks like a sensible wager, whilst many bettors will also be tempted by the 2.00 on offer for 2-3 goals in this game with 888Sport.
South Korea vs Mexico Both Teams to Score Prediction
As detailed above, South Korea cannot afford to draw another blank here. They face holders Germany in their final Group F game and they must give themselves a chance of qualifying with three points. Mexico proved to be extremely dangerous in the final third and they are likely to find the net here. Betway are offering 2.10 on Both Teams to Score? Yes.
Group F Standings
Mexico sit joint-top alongside Sweden with both sides having secured three points in their opening game. South Korea failed to score in their first match and find themselves joint-bottom alongside holders Germany.
- South Korea didn’t manage a single shot-on-target against Sweden
- Mexico only had 34% possession against Germany but still came away with three points
- Mexico have qualified for the round of 16 in each of their last six World Cups. Mexico to qualify for the knock-out round is 1.64 with 888Sport
- South Korea didn’t win a single game at the 2014 World Cup
- The 1954 tournament was the last time that South Korea failed to score a goal at this tournament
Head to Head
These two sides have met six times across various tournaments. They have drawn twice with the last of those stalemates arriving in the CONCACAF Gold Cup back in 2002. Korea progressed on penalties.
- Mexico 4-0 South Korea – 30/01/2014
- Mexico 0-1 South Korea – 16/02/2006
- Mexico 0-0 South Korea – 26/01/2002
- South Korea 2-1 Mexico – 01/06/2001
World Cup Qualifying
South Korea finished second in Group A during the third round of the AFC Qualifying. They finished seven points behind Iran who were one of the first teams to qualify for Russia 2018. They only won four of their ten matches and ended with consecutive goalless draws. A lack of firepower was their primary problem with just 11 goals throughout their qualifying campaign.
Koo Ja-cheol – 2 Goals – 750.00 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Ki Sung-yeung – 2 Goals
Mexico rarely looked like slipping up during qualifying and easily booked their place at the tournament. They finished top of the CONCACAF qualifying group, five points ahead of Costa Rica. They netted 16 times during qualifying and conceded seven goals.
Hirving Lozano – 3 Goals – 106.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Carlos Vela – 2 Goals – 250.00 with Betway to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Javier Hernandez – 2 Goals – 111.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Goalkeepers – Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-hyeon, Cho Hyun-woo.
Defenders – Kim Yong-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Jung Seung-hyun, Yun Yong-sun, Oh Ban-Suk, Kim Min-woo, Park Joo-ho, Hong Chul, Go Yo-han, Lee Yong.
Midfielders – Ki Sung-yeung, Jung Woo-young, Ju Se-jong, Ku Ja-cheol, Lee Jae-sung, Lee Seung-woo, Moon Seon-min.
Forwards – Kim Shin-wook, Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan.
Goalkeepers – Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera.
Defenders – Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Edson Alvarez, Jesus Gallardo, Miguel Layun.
Midfielders – Rafael Marquez, Hector Herrera, Jonathon Dos Santos, Giovani Dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Marco Fabian,
Forwards – Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Manuel Corona, Carlos Vela, Hirving Lozano, Javier Aquino.
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