2018 World Cup Preview – Korea Republic

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While unable to replicate the success of their fourth place finish in 2002, Korea Republic (or South Korea) will look to capitalise on their best player of the current generation to make it out of the group stage for just the third time in their history.

South Korea World Cup Betting Markets

Stage of Elimination

  • Group Stage @ $1.22
  • Round of 16 @ $4.50
  • Quarter Final @ $15
  • Semi Final @ $41.00
  • Runners Up @ $126.00
  • Winners @ $251.00

Draw

Group:

South Korea have been drawn in Group F alongside Germany, Mexico and Sweden

Opponents:

Record vs Sweden – W: 0, D: 2, L: 1

Last Meeting – 12 November 2005: Korea Republic drew with Sweden 2-2

Record vs Mexico – W: 6, D: 1, L: 7

Last Meeting – 30 January 2014: Korea Republic lost to Mexico 0-4

Record vs Germany – W: 2, D: 0, L: 2

Last Meeting – 19 December 2004: Korea Republic def Germany 3-1

Schedule:

Monday 18th June – 10:00pm – Korea Republic vs Sweden

Sunday 24th June – 1:00am – Korea Republic vs Mexico

Thursday 28th June – 12:00am – Korea Republic vs Germany

Group Ranking:

As the fourth ranked side in the group, South Korea will have their backs against the wall if they are to defy the odds and exit Group F.

It all comes down to how well they can defend against sides that have significantly more talent than they do and operate as a unit rather than a group of individuals.

Back South Korea to Win Group F @ $13.00

World Cup History

Number of Appearances

9 – 1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014

Best Performance

Fourth Place – 2002

Match Record & Goals Tally

Played: 31, Won: 5, Drawn: 9, Lost: 17

2018 Qualifying Campaign

Made the World Cup by…

South Korea finished second in AFC Qualification Group A giving them direct passage to Russia

Qualifying Record & Goals Tally

Played: 10, Won: 4, Drawn: 3, Lost; 3

Scored: 11, Conceded: 10

Story to Watch

Another side to have changed coaches in the last 12 months, can Shin Tae-Yong’s attacking philosophy work at the World Cup or will he get his side to sit back.

Korea Republic 2018 World Cup Squad

GOALKEEPERS

Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-hyeon, Cho Hyun-woo

DEFENDERS

Kim young-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Jung Seung-hyun, Yun Yong-sun, Oh Ban-suk, Kim Min-woo, Park Joo-ho, Hong Chul, Go Yo-han, Lee Yong

MIDFIELDERS

Ki Sung-yueng, Jung Woo-young, Ju Se-jong, Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Jae-sung, Lee Seung-woo, Moon Seon-min

FORWARDS

Kim Shin-wook, Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan

Strengths

South Korea are fast, very fast.

If they are able to turn the game into a case of their forwards racing defenders to a loose ball that is perhaps their best chance of success.

Weakness

This is a side that, for all its pace is not one of the strongest and could easily find itself muscled out of games.

Notable Absentees

Lee Keun-ho and Kwon Chang-hoon were ruled out less than a month from the tournament due to injury.

Key Player

Son Heung-Min

The Tottenham winger is far and away the best player in the squad and will be under plenty of pressure to perform in Russia.

With the side likely to set up to play on the counter, Son’s pace will be key to capitalising on teams that push too high up the pitch.

Back Son Heung-Min to be Korea Republic’s Top Team Goalscorer @ $3.00

Final Prediction

South Korea know they will need to defend for their lives early on and hope for a bit of luck in the tournament.

While they should put on a better show than they did in 2014, missing the knockouts seems like the most likely scenario here.

PREDICTION: GROUP STAGE

Best Bet: Back South Korea to Finish Third in Group F @ $3.20

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