Sweden v South Korea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 14, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium – World Cup Group F

Sweden and South Korea get their World Cup campaigns underway on Monday afternoon when they go head-to-head at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Germany are expected by most to advance from Group F so, with only one other nation able to join them in the round of 16, this fixture could be key to the ambitions of both nations.

Past Meetings

Sweden and South Korea have met three times before, and the latter are yet to pick up a win. The teams met twice in 2005, drawing two international friendlies. The first game between the two came in May 1996 when Sweden won 2-0 in Seoul thanks to goals from Martin Dahlin and Anders Limpar.

Team News

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was rumoured to be coming out of retirment to take part in Russia but he wasn’t selected by Janne Andersson and Sweden will go into a tournament without the influence the superstar. Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen will lead the line instead. South Korea have no new injury worries in their 23-man squad, which will be a relief after losing the likes of Lee Keun-Ho and Kim Min-Ja before the finals.

Sweden v South Korea Preview and Predictions

In a group which is wide open behind presumptive table-toppers Germany, the bookmakers are finding it difficult to pick a second best team. Sweden just about pip this opening fixture and are 11/10 to win but their performances so far this year are cause for concern. Defeats to Chile and Romania were backed up by goalless draws with Denmark and Peru this month.

A lack of goals is certainly a problem for Andersson’s side; their inability to find the back of the net since the qualifying campaign is a cause for concern. They’re at 13/5 to be kept off the scoresheet by South Korea on Monday.

But Shin Tae-Yong’s men aren’t in great nick either, winning only one of their last five and heading to the finals on the back of a 0-0 result of their own against Bolivia. They can be backed at 17/5 to get three points but much will rely on star man Son Heung-Min. The Tottenham man plays further forward than he does for his club and is at 7/1 to score first against the Swedes.

Recommended Bets

Under 1.5 goals at 15/8

Both Sweden and South Korea are desperate to find their mojo in the final third, but there have been no signs of that happening in warm-up matches.

0-0 full-time correct score at 7/1

With the two teams both coming into the tournament on the back of stalemates, these odds are too good to turn down.

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