South Korea vs Germany Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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27th June – 15:00 GMT
Group F – Kazan Stadium,
South Korea vs Germany Predictions
Toni Kroos’ inventive free-kick helped ease Germany’s woes and puts them in a decent position coming into this tie. Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Joachim Low’s side had just 45 minutes to save their World Cup but a wonderful second-half display saw them pick up all three points and break down the Swedish resistance. We can expect a similar performance again today and they are likely to have the majority of the possession and create numerous chances here. South Korea lost 2-1 to Mexico and are out of the competition, they don’t have anything to play for and are unlikely to cause Germany too many problems. The holders can be backed at 1/6 with William Hill.
South Korea vs Germany Preview
South Korea are out of the 2018 World Cup after losing each of their opening two matches. They have only been defeated by a single goal in each of those contests and were fairly unlucky to have not taken anything against Sweden in their Group F opener. Son did manage to find the net against Mexico but it was too little too late. They found Mexico’s movements too much and they are likely to struggle to contain the 2014-winners in this game.
Germany looked like they were heading for a shock early exit but a spirited second-half display saw them turn the tie around. Joachim Low removed Julian Draxler at the break and his change paid off. Despite losing Jerome Boateng with ten minutes to spare, Toni Kroos rescued his side and they will be expected to pick up three points here. Boateng will be missing for this match and Low will be forced into a reshuffle at the back. Mexico are leading the way on six points and are expected to finish top of Group F but, realistically, Germany should be able to secure second position.
South Korea have nothing to lose in this game and they can play with plenty of freedom. They found the net against Mexico and looked dangerous on the break. Germany have endured a frustrating World Cup and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them fire in a few goals here in Kazan. They’ve created plenty of chances, forged plenty of goalscoring opportunities but only netted twice in 180 minutes. This should be an entertaining 90 minutes and Over 2.5 Goals can be backed at 17/20 with Bet365.
South Korea vs Germany Correct Score Prediction
Germany will be looking to improve their goal difference in this game as they battle for top spot. Many people expected them to be clear at the top of Group F but it hasn’t been that simple. They should be able to beat South Korea and shouldn’t have too many problems finding the back of the net in this encounter. 4-0 Germany looks a sensible bet in this game, whilst 3-1 will also be popular. They can be backed at 10/1 and 9/1 with Paddy Power.
South Korea vs Germany Odds
Group F Standings
Mexico sit top of Group F with six points from their first two games. Sweden have three points and sit joint-top alongside Germany with the pair having an identical goal difference. South Korea are bottom and yet to pick up a point.
- Germany have won of the previous meetings between these sides at World Cup tournaments
- Joachim Low’s side commanded 71% possession against Sweden
- Germany haven’t failed to progress beyond the group stage since 1978
- Germany haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of the last ten matches.
- Thomas Muller has netted ten World Cup goals. He is 7/5 to score anytime with Bet365
- Son netted his first goal of the 2018 World Cup against Mexico. That’s his 22nd strike for his country.
- They haven’t won a World Cup match since 12th June 2010 when they beat Greece 2-0.
Why Should I Bet On South Korea Against Germany?
Either of these nations could still make it into the knockout stages of the World Cup. Germany look the more likely to do so and will book their place in the last 16 if they better Sweden’s result against Mexico. South Korea must beat Joachim Low’s side to have any hope of qualifying after back-to-back defeats in Russia.
Germany’s last-gasp win over Sweden will likely have reinvigorated a team that looked to be heading home prematurely. But the world champions, down to ten men, showed immense desire to clinch a late winner. However, they still haven’t won back-to-back matches since completing a flawless qualification campaign.
South Korea have been very poor at this tournament so far and it’s now just one win in eight for Shin Tae-Yong’s men. Germany are at 1/5 to win with Betfair.
Marco Reus to score first
There were a few eyebrows raised when Joachim Low opted to drop Mesut Ozil for Germany’s second match in favour of restoring Marco Reus to the starting line-up. But Reus repaid his manager’s faith by poking in an equaliser early in the second half against Sweden.
The Borussia Dortmund man should start again in Kazan. With preferred frontman Timo Werner still struggling to make an impact on the big stage, it could be down to him to inspire Die Mannschaft again. Reus is at 4/1 to get the first goal with Paddy Power.
Son Heung-Min’s brilliant late strike against Mexico was South Korea’s first goal in over 420 minutes over international football. They’ve managed just three shots on target over the course of their first two games in Russia, with Son looking their only likely source of goals.
Germany have been inconsistent over the last nine months but, despite the morale-boosting victory over Sweden, the lack of a prolific goalscorer will still worry coach Low. The 2014 World Cup winners have only managed six goals in their last six games.
Despite being a vastly better team than South Korea, don’t expect Die Mannschaft to run away with it on Wednesday afternoon. A 2-0 Germany win is at 13/2 with Bet365.
Head to Head
These two sides have faced one another on three occasions. They’ve met at the FIFA World Cup twice with their last clash coming in 2002. The hosts had unexpectedly progressed through to the quarter-finals but a Michael Ballack strike in the 75th minute ended their hopes of making it to the final four. Germany have won both of their competitive meetings but South Korea were victorious during a 2004 international friendly.
- South Korea 3-1 Germany – 19/12/2004
- Germany 1-0 South Korea – 25/06/2002
- Germany 3-2 South Korea – 27/06/1994
Son Heung-min – The Spurs hitman is undoubtedly the stand-out star of this Korea side and they’ll be relying on his industry and finishing ability to fire them through Group F. He netted seven in 12 during qualifying including a hat-trick against Laos.
Timo Werner – There are many German players to choose from but Timo Werner could be key to their chances of reaching the final once again. They have been missing an out-and-out striker since the retirement of Miroslav Klose and his finishing ability could trouble the Korean defence in this clash.
15:00 – Kazan Stadium