With Mexico upsetting Germany, this is a ‘must win’ for both Sweden and South Korea. It promises to be an open encounter!
What’s their current form?
In early October last year Sweden belted Luxembourg 8-0, but since then they have had 2 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, scoring just 4 goals. They started this year with a 1-0 win over Denmark, then lost 2-1 to Chile and 1-0 to Romania in March before playing out a pair of scoreless draws with Denmark and Peru in their warm up games.
South Korea have also been in rather poor form this year, scoring just 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses. They lost 2-1 to Northern Ireland; 3-2 to Poland, beat Honduras 2-0; lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1; held to a scoreless draw with Bolivia and then lost 2-0 to Senegal last week.
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claessen, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.
South Korea: Seung-Gyu; Yong, Young-Gwon, Hyun-Soo, Min-Woo, Joo-Ho; Seon-Min, Sung-Yeung, Ja-Cheol, Seung-Woo; Heung-Min.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Sweden knocked out Italy in the second round of qualification to advance to the World Cup, while South Korea were second in their qualification group, which granted them admission into the FIFA World Cup.
What should I be betting on?
Both sides need this win, as it will be the easiest group match for either side. Sweden should get up in a close one.
Mexico beating Germany overnight has thrown a spanner in the works in Group F. It virtually makes this a must win match for both nations if either is to fulfill their aspirations of qualifying for the knockout stages. From a Swedish perspective, all the statistics point towards a low scoring encounter. Under 2.5 goals is 8-1 in their last 9 matches and they have held their opponents scoreless in 5 of those games. With South Korea scoring just once in their last 3 games it is easy to suggest a walk in the park for the Scandanavians. The Wolf disagrees. South Korea have found the back of the net in 6 of their last 7 World Cup matches which includes contests against Spain and Argentina. They bring speed to the table and that makes them very dangerous on the counter. Son Heung-min is coming off a fantastic season for club side Tottenham that saw him produce 12 goals and 8 assists in the Premier League. Sweden will get the better of them but it will not be easy.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 3pm (local time) on June 18. In Australia, kick-off will be at 10pm on June 18th.
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? Both sides are fully fit and raring to go here. Croatia is arguably in better form.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? Just three prior games have been played between these sides, with Sweden winning once while the other two have been drawn. After their initial game in 1996 which saw Sweden win 2-0, they played twice more, both in 2005, scoring draws both times, 1 all and then 2 all.