Sweden vs South Korea Betting Tip
Sweden vs South Korea | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages: it’s almost time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and isn’t that just a wonderful thing to say out loud? The summer BBQ parties are beginning, fans are putting up flags and pulling out their old international t-shirts, and wallcharts are being put up all across the land. Two such nations who will be particularly excited reside in Group F, which many are seeing as the ‘Germany & Friends’ contingent of the World Cup. Today, we’re here to talk about an encounter which is going under the radar – and that is, of course, Sweden vs South Korea.
Both teams have a great deal of experience when it comes to the World Cup, and they’ve also both been quite far in the competition before. Sweden actually reached the final against Brazil many moons ago, whereas South Korea’s determination took them all the way through to the semi-finals back in 2002. Alas, both have struggled to make a similar impact since then, and when it came to qualifying for this year’s edition, they both struggled at times before eventually sealing their places in Russia. Sweden managed to edge past Italy in the playoffs, meanwhile, South Korea took advantage of a weak qualifying region to progress.
While many Swedes are mourning the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be representing his country at the World Cup this year, others are choosing to see it as a sign that more emphasis is being put on the future. With that being said, they haven’t exactly done much to make people believe that they can cause much of a stir in Russia. The quality of their squad from top to bottom doesn’t really compare to many other top European sides, and they’ve been on a poor run since qualifying with back-to-back losses against Romania and Chile, neither of whom qualified.
The South Koreans are the definition of an unknown entity, with only a handful of their players honing their craft in high-profile leagues. As a unit, they always seem to be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat, and Son Heung-min will be attempting to lead from the front as his country’s star man in Russia. They should look towards this group with no fear despite the fact that many are underestimating them, and they’ll benefit from their 2-0 victory over Honduras the other night which broke a two-game losing streak following defeats to Poland and Northern Ireland.
Sweden vs South Korea Head to Head
When you look at these two teams from afar Sweden are the nation which many would favour but they haven’t had things all their own way during previous encounters between themselves and South Korea. The two countries have gone one-on-one three times throughout the course of history, with the first game being a convincing 2-0 win for Sweden back in 1996. However, their other two meetings, which both took place in 2005, ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively. While a lot has changed in the last thirteen years, these results are still worth noting.
Odds and Predictions
Sweden are considered to be the favourites in this one with odds of 21/20, meanwhile, South Korea are priced at 14/5 and a draw has been given odds of 11/5. We can’t imagine too many goals will be flying in and bet365 agrees, with under 2.5 being 4/7 and over being 27/20. Of course, we all know that there are one or two surprise packages at every big tournament, but these two have done nothing to suggest that they’ll be able to fill that role.
Sweden vs South Korea Top Betting Tip: Draw (1-1)
When you’re kicking off the World Cup against the other weakest team in your group, you know things are going to get pretty nervy. Sweden and South Korea will both realise that registering three points could be huge for their qualification hopes, with Germany and Mexico clashing in the other opening round fixture. We predict a tense affair which ends in a 1-1 draw, or perhaps even ends up goalless. Prior to this game, however, Sweden will play Denmark (June 2nd) and Peru (June 9th), and South Korea will be taking on Bosnia (June 1st), Bolivia (June 7th) and Senegal (June 11th) in their final warm-up games.