Today’s Predictions: South Korea Vs Mexico

South Korea 1 – 2 Mexico

South Korea vs Mexico 

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The 29th Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place between South Korea and Mexico, with both teams experiencing vastly different results in their respective opening matches.

  • Date : 23rd  June 2018
  • Time : 8:30 PM (IST)
  • Venue : Rostov-On-Don Stadium  

Mexico are now the favourites to top a tricky group also containing Germany and Sweden, while South Korea are the favourites to get knocked out.

FIFA World Cup Qualification

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.

Mexico topped their qualification group, as they almost always do due to the questionable quality of the teams in their region. The other two teams who qualified from their group were Panama and Costa Rica. Mexico scored the highest number of goals and also boasted of the best defense furing the qualifiers.

Team Form

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.

Mexico have had a mixed run of form in recent weeks, with 3 wins out of their last 6 matches. A 3-0 win over fellow World Cup hopefuls Iceland would have boosted their confidence, but they went on to lose to Denmark and Croatia, meaning that their fans are not too sure about their chances at this summer’s tournament.

South Korea and Mexico in the World Cup So Far

Mexico caused the shock of the tournament by beating defending champions and pre tournament favourites Germany in their opening fixture. The most impressive thing, however, was that it was not a luck inspired victory, with the Mexicans displaying impressive energy levels and playing a high pressure and pacy game to totally shake the world champions.

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 would be looking to improve if they want to have any chance of qualifying today.

Head To Head Record

These two nations have met 6 times over the years, with both teams getting 2 wins each, while 2 matches have ended in a draw. Mexico won the most recent fixture 4-0 however.

Team News

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.

Mexico will be boosted by the return of their marquee midfielder Guardado from a lengthy injury. Apart from him, most of their veteran star players are still there, and would be looking to finally take their team beyond the round of 16 stage, a stage where they have lost for the last 6 World Cups in a row.

Players To Watch Out For

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.

Mexico have a few stars of their own, who are capable of hurting the strongest sides in the world on their day. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is one of the best poachers in world football, and is already the country’s highest scorer with 59 goals. Hirving Lozano was the best player in the Dutch League for PSV Eindhoven, and is expected to star for his country as well.

South Korea Vs Mexico Betting Odds And Key Statistics

  • Mexico are heavy favourites in this clash after their shocking win in the first round over the defending champions has turned the group on its head.
  • South Korea have reached this stage 10 times and are mainstays in this competition, being one of the strongest Asian teams in recent times.
  • Mexico have made the World Cup group stages 7 times in their history, but have never crossed the round of 16 stage.
  • Mexico conceded just 1 goal in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, and South Korea have had scoring troubles in recent times. Hence, we recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market and the both teams not to score market.

Predicted Result

Mexico were brilliant throughout their deserved win against Germany, with brilliant energy on display. They never gave up and truly rose up to the occasion. Hence, we believe they should comfortably secure 3 points against an uninspired Korean side.

Our Predicted Scoreline : Mexico 2-0 South Korea      



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