Sweden vs South Korea Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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|Sweden 2.08 | Draw 3.24 | S.Korea 3.70|
Sweden are World Cup regulars but this is their first appearance in twelve years. Janne Andersson’s men needed a miraculous and unexpected 1-0 aggregate victory over Italy to secure their berth in Russia. They were also exceptional during the qualifiers as they edged out Holland and beat France 2-1 despite falling behind in Solna. They played as a unit and were incredibly difficult to break down and the favoured 4-4-2 formation of Andersson is clearly paying dividends. They don’t have many star-players, although, Emil Forsberg is a superbly technical operator who will be pivotal to the team’s chances of making it out of the group. Robin Olsen is a top-class goalkeeper who has been enjoying a productive spell at FC Copenhagen. They have moved on from the days of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the new generation of Swedish players are clearly enjoying working under the current regime.
South Korea were far from convincing during their qualifying campaign and could be considered lucky to have booked their place in Russia. They ended with back-to-back goalless draws against Iran and Uzbekistan and won just four matches out of a possible ten. They lost successive friendlies at the end of March but looked more far more assured during their 2-0 victory over Honduras on May 28th. Shin-Tae yong clearly hasn’t settled on his preferred formation and he is using these build-up games as a chance to assess some fringe players ahead of the tournament getting underway. Son Heung-min netted against Honduras and he comes off the back of a superb season in the Premier League.
Sweden’s best World Cup performance arrived in 1958, a year in which they hosted the tournament. They reached the final of the competition but were undone by the imperious Pele. They failed to qualify for the last two tournaments but have made it out of the group during their last three appearances. The last time they played at the World Cup, the likes of Henrik Larsson and Freddie Ljungberg were in the side. They have never met South Korea in a competitive game but have faced this opposition in three international friendlies. They met twice in 2005 with both games ending all square whilst the only previous meeting (1996) saw Sweden emerge 2-0 winners.
South Korea are also regulars in this competition and their best performance came in 2002. As joint-hosts of the tournament, they progressed to the semi-finals but were beaten by Germany. They face Joachim Low’s side in Group F once again but there is likely be less at stake this time around. They didn’t win a single game in 2014 and will be hoping to pick up their first World Cup victory since 12th June 2010. They’ve won five World Cup matches in total.
Sweden vs South Korea Predictions
Many World Cup bettors will fancy Sweden to get off to a winning start and their form in qualifying matches certainly suggests they will fare well at this tournament.
Pinnacle are offering 2.10 for Sweden to begin with three points and given Korea’s lack of recent competitive victories, it looks a great starting point in this game.
South Korea may have had problems in the final third but their defence was watertight throughout. They don’t concede many goals and Sweden may only need one or two in order to seal the victory. Janne Andersson’s side only conceded seven times during qualifying and will be well drilled ahead of this opener. Under 2.5 Goals is available at 1.56 with Bodog and should be backed.
Combining the above two selections is a great way of ensuring bigger returns and Sweden Win and Under 2.5 Goals can be backed at 3.74 with Sports Interaction.
Draw/Sweden could also be an interesting way of playing this Group F match and is available at 4.74 with Betway.
5 Dimes are also offering 5.62 on Sweden to sneak a 1-0 victory in this opener. With games against Mexico and Germany to come, they will see this as the perfect chance to get some points on the board and a narrow victory will suit them.
- Sweden haven’t qualified for the World Cup since 2006
- Henrik Larsson is Sweden’s all-time leading appearance maker at World Cups with 13 caps
- They have been present at 11 of the first 20 World Cups
- Sweden have drawn their last two opening World Cup matches
- Brazil are the opponent that Sweden have faced the most during the World Cup, losing to them in each of their seven meetings.
- Sweden exited at the group stage during the 2006 World Cup
Sweden are 2.20 with William Hill to exit at the group stage once again
- South Korea didn’t win a single group game at the 2014 World Cup
- Algeria managed to score four times against South Korea at the 2014 World Cup. This was the largest amount of goals ever scored by an African side at the tournament
- After finishing the 1954 World Cup with a goal difference of -16, they failed to qualify for another tournament until 1986
- They scored eight goals during their run to the semi-finals in 2002
Sweden: Andreas Granqvist (captain), Robin Olsen, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelöf, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Marcus Berg, Emil Forsberg, John Guidetti, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Gustav Svensson, Filip Helander, Oscar Hiljemark, Emil Krafth, Viktor Claesson, Pontus Jansson, Marcus Rohdén, Ola Toivonen, Jimmy Durmaz, Isaac Kiese Thelin, Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
South Korea: Ki Sung-yueng (captain), Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Yong, Jung Seung-hyun, Oh Ban-suk, Yun Young-sun, Park Joo-ho, Son Heung-min, Ju Se-jong, Kim Shin-wook, Lee Seung-woo, Hwang Hee-chan, Kim Min-woo, Koo Ja-cheol, Hong Chul, Jung Woo-young, Lee Jae-sung, Moon Seon-min, Kim Young-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Kim Jin-hyeon, Go Yo-han, Cho Hyun-woo.
|Sweden 2.08 | Draw 3.24 | S.Korea 3.70|