Day 14 of the FIFA World Cup will get underway with South Korea taking on the defending champions Germany.
What’s their current form?
South Korea has been impressive against much more highly fancied sides, losing both games by just 1. They went down 1-0 to Sweden and then 2-1 to Mexico. If the can score a 2 goal victory here, and Mexico beats Sweden, South Korea could jump from last to second in their group and advance to the knockout stage.
Germany were expected to clean up the field here, however they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in the opening game, before scoring a 2-1 win over Sweden, thanks to a stunning Kroos goal just seconds before time.
South Korea: Seung-Gyu; Yong, Young-Gwon, Hyun-Soo, Min-Woo, Joo-Ho; Seon-Min, Sung-Yeung, Ja-Cheol, Seung-Woo; Heung-Min.
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Reus, Ozil, Draxler; Werner.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Germany has won just 2 of it’s last 8 games
What should I be betting on?
Germany should win and win well here.
Late goals have been the big story of the World Cup and Germany can thank Toni Kroos for his effort against Sweden. Germany are now in a position where they control their own fate and the knockout stages would not be the same without them. They have made the quarter finals or better at the last 9 World Cups. South Korea on the other hand are winless in their last 8 World Cup matches and have conceded multiple goals in 5 of those games. The script in this one is not difficult to predict. As has been the case, Germany will have about 75% of the ball and create an endless amount of scoring opportunities. South Korea will look to contain then before springing on the counter. Germany have conceded the opening goal in both of their matches. Prior to this World Cup Germany were behind at half time in only 1 of their last 14 matches. The Wolf can see them scoring early which will completely change the dynamic. The Koreans will have to push forward at some point and will pay the price on the defensive end.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 5pm (local time) on June 27. In Australia, kick-off will be at midnight on June 28th.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Germany’s Lars Stindl is still on the sideline with an ankle injury. South Korea are still without defender Park Joo-ho who tore his hamstring in the opening round.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 3 prior games, with Germany winning the first two before South Korea scored a remarkable 3-1 win in their most recent clash, back in 2004.