Korea Republic vs Mexico: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Match is over with the score:
1 – 2
Mexico could take a huge leap towards the knockout stages of the World Cup finals with a win over South Korea in Rostov on Saturday afternoon. El Tri caused a shock in their opening game, beating holders Germany 1-0, while South Korea lost by the same scoreline to Sweden.
Few would have tipped Mexico to beat Germany in their opening game but El Tri now have a fantastic chance of making it to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the seventh time in a row. The Mexicans were brilliant throughout, using their electric pace on the break to exploit the space left by Joachim Low’s team.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s charges will face a very different game in Rostov, with their opponents likely to sit back and deny them that space. South Korea were poor against Sweden, registering only five shots on goal – fewer than any other team in their opening match. They have now won only one of their last seven games, losing five of them.
Mexico will have to adjust their tactics to make it six points from six but they are far superior to the South Koreans. They are at 11/20 to get the win.
South Korea are now without a goal in their last three and looked devoid of ideas in their defeat to Sweden. Much of their attacking threat seems to rely on Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur and so is easy for the opposition to nullify.
Mexico aren’t big scorers, netting just twice in their last five matches now. However, with the likes of Hirving Lozano and Javier Hernandez in their starting line-up, you’d expect El Tri to have enough to break down their opponents.
Four of Mexico’s last five victories have been via a 1-0 scoreline and that outcome would be very welcome to Osorio this weekend. A 1-0 Mexico win is at 5/1.
Seven of Mexico’s last eight matches have seen a maximum of two goals scored, with boss Osorio certainly happy to embrace single-goal victories rather than a gung-ho style of play.
Throw in South Korea’s dearth of creativity and we’re unlikely to see many goals scored in Rostov.
Under 1.5 goals is at 9/4.
Korea Republic and Mexico will face each other in their second fixture of Group F play. Germany are favourites to win the group while these two are also vying for a top two spot along with Sweden.
- Mexico have lost just one of their last five games at the World Cup finals
- Hirving Lozano has four goals in his last nine fixtures for club and country –
Lozano to score at anytime – 8/5
- South Korea have failed to win any of their last seven World Cup matches
- South Korea haven’t scored in 330 minutes of international football
Mexico to win to nil – 13/10
- Rafael Marquez became the third player to feature in five World Cup finals tournaments
Mexico 4-0 Korea Republic – International friendly – 30th January 2014
These two nations have met a total of 14 times, with Mexico winning seven and Korea Republic six.
World Cup Qualifiers
Korea Republic are into their ninth consecutive FIFA World Cup finals but have progressed beyond the group stages only twice in that time.
One of those was particularly memorable, as they reached the semi-finals in their co-hosted tournament in 2002 and their main player this time is Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Son Heung-min – 7 goals
Ki Sung-yueng – 2 Goals
El Tri are regulars at the World Cup and have advanced to the last 16 in each of their last six tournaments and have progressed through the groups in all but one attempt since the 1960s.
Stalwarts Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera and Javier Hernadez still remain in Juan Carlos Osorio’s ranks, with the squad largely home-based.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
Hirving Lozano – 3 Goals
Javier Hernandez – 2 Goals
19:00 – Rostov-on-Don Stadium