Prediction: South Korea vs Germany

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Prediction: South Korea vs Germany

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Germany win

Best Odds: 1/5

Bookmaker: bet365

Coming into the World Cup many people would’ve expected Mexico vs Sweden to be the only game in the third set of fixtures for this group that’s worth talking about, but that hasn’t quite turned out to be the case. We’ve seen a handful of surprises in Group F and there are likely going to be more to come, as South Korea prepare to go one on one with Germany in a game that will decide whether or not either of these teams are heading home early from the tournament.

South Korea

We’ve spoken about their heart and we’ve spoken about their determination, but in the end, it doesn’t quite look like it’s going to be enough to save South Korea from exiting the World Cup at the first hurdle. They’ve got some talented players in their line-up but they’ve shown that they’re just a step below the elite teams in this tournament, and especially in their group. If they can frustrate Germany early then they may have a chance of pinching a counter-attacking goal, but we aren’t holding our breath.

Team News

Ki Sung-yueng will be out with a calf strain in what will be a big blow for South Korea, but they’re still expected to name an extremely attacking line-up as they go in search of an unlikely place in the top two.

Germany

Everything that’s worth saying about Germany’s start to the World Cup has already been said, and now, all that’s left is for the reigning world champions to go out and prove why they’re still one of the teams to be feared in this year’s World Cup. When they’re on form there are few teams who can outplay them, but they seem to be struggling from a lack of cohesion and confidence. Their last-minute winner against Sweden should give them the boost that they need, but they need to really make a statement in this one.

Team News

Jerome Boateng is out through suspension but Mats Hummels is expected to return, while Sebastian Rudy will likely be a gameday decision.

Factors to Consider

  • Germany lead 2-1 in the head to head, with one of their past encounters coming in the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.
  • South Korea have no points from their first two World Cup games.
  • Germany have three points from their first two World Cup games.
  • South Korea have scored one and conceded three at the World Cup.
  • Germany have scored two and conceded two at the World Cup.

Conclusion

Nobody can deny that the Germans have looked like a shadow of their former selves at this tournament, having to rely on last-minute goals for the first time in what feels like forever. Now, however, they’ll have all the momentum in the world as they go in search of the win that’ll ensure they reach the knockout stages. South Korea aren’t going to make it easy for them and they’re going to throw everything they’ve got at the world champions, but we’re predicting a 3-1 victory for the favourites.

Prediction: Germany win

Best Odds: 1/5

Bookmaker: bet365

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