Mexico can seal the deal on qualification after their stunning win over Germany in their Group F opener while South Korea is staring elimination in the face after falling to Sweden in their opener. Hirving Lozano was the hero for El Trie hero with the only goal of the game as Mexico stunned Germany in their opener.
Now, manager Juan Carlos Osorio is expected to stick with the same lineup even though a flu bug has hit his team. Son Heung-min had a poor game against Sweden for South Korea and will desperate to make up for his poor play or he could be on his way back to London far earlier than expected. South Korea manager Shin Tae-Yong was highly critical of his team’s lack of aggressiveness in their opener.
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Mexico v South Korea 2018 World Cup Group F Betting Analysis
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- When: Saturday, June 23rd, 6:00 p.m. (Local Time)
- Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don
- TV / Live Stream: Fox Sports / Fox Sports Go
- 2018 World Cup Group F Betting Odds: Mexico -152 / South Korea +492 / Draw +263
Team Profiles (Mexico/South Korea)
- Confederation: CONCACAF / AFC
- Head coach: Juan Carlos Osorio / Shin Tae-Yong
- Captain: Andrés Guardado / Ki Sung-Yueng
- FIFA Ranking: 15 / 57
- World Cup Appearances: 16 / 10
The only previous World Cup meeting between South Korea and Mexico came in 1998, with the Central Americans recording a 3-1 win in the group stages. Mexico has also won all three of their World Cup games against Asian opponents while scoring seven goals and allowing just a pair. Mexico has lost just two of their last 18 World Cup group stage matches (W9 D7).
- South Korea is winless in their last seven World Cup matches (D2 L5), losing their last three in a row.
- South Korea has also failed to score in each of their last two World Cup matches, although it should be noted that they have never gone three consecutive matches without scoring a goal in the globally beloved event.
- Mexico has not won consecutive matches at the World Cup since 2002 when they beat Croatia and Ecuador in their first two group matches that year.
- South Korea actually recorded up more yellow cards (2) than shots on target (0) in their opening group game versus Sweden.
- South Korea has also failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 of their last 13 World Cup matches while dropping each of their last seven matches.
Rafa Making History
Rafael Marquez appeared in the opening match for Mexico, making him the third player to play in five separate World Cup tournaments (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthäus.
Marquez was aged 39 years and 124 days in his substitute appearance against Germany, which made him the oldest outfield player to appear in a World Cup match since Roger Milla (42 years, 38 days) played for Cameroon versus Russia in 1994.
- 13-G. Ochoa
- 2-H. Ayala
- 15-H. Moreno
- 7-M. Layún
- 3-C. Salcedo
- 18-A. Guardado
- 16-H. Herrera
- 23-J. Gallardo
- 11-C. Vela
- 14-J. Hernández
- 22-H. Lozano
- 23-Cho Hyun-Woo
- 6-Park Joo-Ho
- 19-Kim Young-Gwon
- 2-Lee Yong
- 20-Jang Hyun-Soo
- 16-Ki Sung-Yeung
- 13-Koo Ja-Cheol
- 17-Lee Jae-Sung II
- 9-Kim Shin-Wook
- 7-Son Heung-Min
- 11-Hwang Hee-Chan
Expert Final Analysis & Score Prediction
South Korea will be completely and utterly desperate to get the Cup-saving win, but they’re not getting it. South Korea plans to employ a different strategy than the one that they used in their first match and the one that Germany also used in falling to Mexico in their opener.
“Mexico has quick players who are good in one-on-one situations and like to penetrate [the opposition’s defense],” the midfielder said. “Compared to the match against Germany, I believe Mexico will play differently against us. Of course, we’re also not going to [play] like Germany.
Nevertheless, I expect Mexico to be prepared for anything – and according to their manager, they will be.
“It’s time for Mexico to show that we can take the initiative,” he said. “There is a big difference between playing against Germany or [another] powerhouse. We are, supposedly, superior to our opponents. We have to impose our [own] conditions ”
PSV star Hirving Lozano will be the best player on the pitch in this one and I believe he’ll find a way to find the back of the net again after doing so against a far more complete German team in Mexico’s opener.
Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng could loom as the most important player on the pitch for South Korea, but Osorio has instructed his team to bypass the middle of the field to keep the ball away from the South Korean star.
Mexico’s confidence has to be sky high after beating the defending Cup champions and I believe they’ll use the momentum from their opening won to get past Korea, although it’s going to be a difficult affair.
Score: Mexico 2 – South Korea 1
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