Today’s Predictions: South Korea vs Germany
South Korea 2 – 0 Germany
The 41st match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between defending champions Germany and South Korea, as Germany have an uphill task to finish top of their group.
- Date : 27th June 2018
- Time : 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Kazan Stadium
Germany suffered a disappointing defeat to Mexico in their opening clash, and looked set to exit the World Cup after going behind against Sweden in their second match. However they recovered and can now qualify with a win against South Korea.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Germany had one of the strongest qualifying phases out of all the teams in Europe, breaking several records in the process. They went unbeaten throughout the qualifiers, and a record 21 different goal scorers were involved, highlighting their remarkable strength in depth. They had a final goal difference of +39, another record.
South Korea had a roller coaster qualification ride, with some arguing that they did not merit their place at the World Cup. They won just 4 out of their 10 qualifiers, and goalless draws against unfancied teams like Iran and Uzbekistan was a grave concern for their fans. They eventually limped over to the World Cup, having sacked their manager with two games to go.
Despite an impeccable qualification campaign, Germany have actually been in poor form in recent months, with their only win in the last 6 matches coming against Saudi Arabia. However, that being said they also chose the toughest friendly fixtures to ensure adequate preparation for the World Cup, and escaped unbeaten against Spain, France and England, while Brazil and Austria managed to get the better off them. The team is famous for its unity and chemistry, and that looks set to continue with many of the previous world cup winning squad players still there this time around as well.
South Korea have had a comparatively better record in recent weeks, with 2 wins, 3 defeats and a goalless draw in their last 6 matches. An exciting match against Poland ended with a 3-2 defeat, while Honduras were dispatched 2-0 after that. However a big defeat against Bosnia And Herzegovina has got fans worried about their form.
Germany and South Korea in the World Cup So Far
Germany suffered one of the biggest shocks in their history, as their defence of the World Cup title began in the worst possible way with a defeat to Mexico. Their players were lethargic and simply could not match up to the speed of the Mexicans, being outrun all over the pitch. The Champions struggled against Sweden as well, conceding an early goal, but came back strongly and scored an injury time winner via Toni Kroos.
South Korea suffered a disappointing defeat against Sweden in their opening match. They were defensively solid other than a dubious penalty conceded, which was awarded after the VAR system came into play. They followed that up with another defeat against Mexico and are pretty much knocked out already.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met 3 times over the years, with Germany winning two of those matches, while South Korea won the most recent fixture.
Germany have also left out some very big names from their final 23 man squad, a testament of their squad depth. The most shocking exclusion from the list was that of Manchester City’s mercurial winger Leroy Sane, who had one of the best domestic seasons a winger could have. A huge relief for the Germans is that Marco Reus is finally fit and available, after missing out on the 2014 World Cup as well as Euro 2-16 due to unfortunate injuries.
South Korea have no real injury problems going into the tournament, while Heung-Min Son is arguably going to be the most high profile footballer in this match, and keeping him fit would be extremely crucial for South Korea. Prominent Premier League player Lee Chung-yong failed to make the final 23 man squad, and is one of the notable absentees.
Players To Watch Out For
Germany have an abundance of world class stars at their disposal, and it is difficult to specifically choose from them. Thomas Muller has been remarkably prolific for the national team, especially at the last 2 World Cup, and would be looking to compete for the Golden boot again. Marco Reus is finally available for selection, and would be looking to make up for the lost time. Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos would be looking to carry their club form to the national stage, while Manuel Neuer is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Heung-Min Son will be looking to carry forward his impeccable domestic form for Tottenham Hotspurs to this World Cup. Ki Sung-yeung is also approaching 100 matches for his country and his composure is very important in the middle of the park. Debutant Hwang Hee-chan is expected to be amongst the goals after a successful season in the Bundesliga.
Germany Vs South Korea Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Germany are heavy favourites in this clash as they would be looking to avenge their shock defeat in the opening game of their world cup title defence. They need a big win to ensure qualification and we firmly believe they will get it, and hence would recommend betting on the above 2.5 goals market.
- Germany have played the highest number of matches and scored the highest number of goals in FIFA World Cup history.
- Marco Reus seems fully fit again and is a good bet to open the scoring in this game.
- The German defence has looked shaky in this tournament, and we expect them to concede again, hence we recommend betting on both teams to score.
- South Korea have reached this stage 10 times and are mainstays in this competition, being one of the strongest Asian teams in recent times.
Germany need a big win to ensure qualification and they have the quality to get that win. They would go all out in this final fixture and we expect them to convincingly beat the Asian nation.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Germany 3-0 South Korea