Sweden v South Korea Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 18th June
Shay Conaghan (@ShayConaghan) previews Sweden v South Korea and provides us with his best bets for Monday’s World Cup clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Sweden v South Korea Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 18/06/18
- Time: 13:00
- Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
- Channel: ITV
Sweden have reached the World Cup finals in style, after their qualifying campaign was somewhat impressive. Stuck in a group with France & the Netherlands, Sweden managed to sneak a victory past Les Bleus and secure the 2nd place spot on goal difference. The final step for Janne Andersson was beating Italy in the play-offs, which they also pulled off. All of this without Zlatan Ibrahimović, arguably their best player for the last decade.
South Korea’s route to the finals was much easier and less eventful- they qualified easily for the 3rd round of qualifying and finished 2nd to make it to Russia. The Korean side reached the semi-finals in 2002 and the last 16 in Brazil but being drawn into a group with Germany and Mexico could prove tricky for them.
The absence of Zlatan is somewhat better for Sweden, and there’s a certain sense of unity rather than the sole reliance on him. This very same thing is happening with South Korea, with star man Son Heung-min leading the team this summer. After enjoying another good season with Tottenham, Sonny probably won’t be capable of carrying the weight of expectation like Zlatan could, but will be sure to exploit Mikael Lustig, who hasn’t enjoyed the greatest of seasons at Celtic.
No injuries for Sweden or South Korea.
Potential Sweden Starting XI: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Toivonen, Berg.
Potential South Korea Starting XI: Kim, Lee, Kim, Jang, Park, Lee, Ki, Jung, Lee, Hwang, Son.
Head To Head
- Both nations have faced each other twice in 2005, both games ending in draws.
Key Stats & Facts
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Sweden’s last 3 games.
- South Korea have failed to score more than 2 goals this year.
- Sweden 21/20
- Draw 21/10
- South Korea 3/1
Sweden without Zlatan don’t have as much quality without him, but his absence will allow them to have a more well-rounded side capable of beating a South Korea team that does depend exclusively on Son.