Sweden vs South Korea Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Final score: Sweden 1-0 South Korea
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18th June 2018 – 13:00 UK Time
Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
|Sweden 15/13 | Draw 11/5 | Korea Republic 58/19
Sweden made headlines en-route to the 2018 World Cup by knocking out odds-on favourites Italy during the playoffs. They were 1-0 winners and although they rode their luck at times, they deserved their place in Russia. They were mightily impressive during the group stage, pipping Holland to second place and keeping seven clean sheets along the way. They may not possess the talismanic and characteristic Zlatan Ibrahimovic any longer but they have become more of a cohesive unit under the tutelage of Janne Andersson. The coach is a forward-thinking one who enjoys working on new tactics and trying out new formations. He will ensure his side are ready and prepped for each of their three matches in Group F.
Korea tried out a number of new players during their recent friendly victory against Honduras and they all made a strong case to be included in the World Cup squad. They were far from convincing during qualifying but didn’t need to be at their best to ensure they booked their place at the tournament. They finished with two goalless draws against Iran and Uzbekistan and won just four of their ten matches. They must show significant improvement if they are to be competitive in Group F. They also lost back-to-back friendlies at the end of March and some fans are concerned about the togetherness of their squad. Shin Tae-yong has been experimenting with formations and he will surely have settled on his preferred line-up by June 18th.
Sweden will be competing in their twelfth World Cup and after almost missing out, they will want to take advantage of their place in Russia. They have a number of talented, younger players in the squad with Emil Forsberg one of the key men. His eye for a killer ball will come in handy against the likes of Mexico and South Korea and they will be constantly assessing the fitness of the RB Leipzig man. They are solid and tough to break down and FC Copenhagen goalkeeper Robin Olsen is growing in stature and confidence with every passing game. Janne Andersson is likely to deploy a 4-4-2 throughout the competition after scrapping the previously favoured three at the back.
This will be South Korea’s tenth appearance at the World Cup but they haven’t progressed as expected in recent years. They reached the semi-finals in 2002 as co-hosts but were knocked out by Germany. They will come up against Joachim Low’s side once again in Group F. Son Heung-min comes off the back of a tremendous season in the Premier League and his energy and industry will frighten many opposition defences. He’s scored 20 times in 61 international appearances and is likely to provide their main threat. Ki Sung-yeung is also a familiar name to Premier League fans and the Swansea midfielder plays a key role in the centre of the park. Hellas Verona’s Lee Seung-woo is one of the many players who could surprisingly make the 23-man squad.
Sweden vs South Korea Predictions
William Hill are offering 11/10 for Sweden to start with three points and given their exploits in qualifying, it’s difficult to write them off here.
They beat Italy during the playoffs and they also came from a goal down to beat France 2-1 in Solna. They displayed a never-say-die attitude, which should come in extremely handy during this tournament. It shouldn’t take them long to make their dominance count and they can be backed at a tempting 2/1 with 10Bet to be leading at the break.
With Sweden’s resolute back-line and South Korea’s lack of goals towards the end of their qualifying campaign, this is not expected to be a high-scoring 90 minutes. The favourites should be able to easily hold on to their lead and it could be a frustrating afternoon for Shin Tae-yong’s men. Both Teams to Score? No is available at 9/13 with 10 Bet and looks an excellent bet.
Korea displayed excellent organisation throughout their qualifying matches but struggled in the final third and Sweden to Win by a 1 Goal Margin looks another sensible play at 40/17 with Net Bet.
Using that logic, Sweden 1-0 could be the likeliest outcome for this match and is available at 9/2 with Betfred.
- Sweden have reached four World Cup semi-finals. Their last came in 1994
- They were runners-up in 1958, a year in which they hosted the tournament
- They haven’t qualified for the World Cup since 2006
- They exited in the round of 16 in 2006 but remained unbeaten during the group stage
Sweden to be eliminated in the round of 16 is 9/4 with William Hill
- Sweden have drawn their last two opening World Cup matches
- This will be South Korea’s tenth appearance at the tournament
- They hold the record for the fastest goal conceded from kick-off (11 seconds in 2002)
- They ended the 1954 World Cup with a goal difference of -16
- They didn’t win a single group game at the 2014 World Cup
- Their best finish came in 2002 when they finished fourth
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.