Germany’s last-gasp winner against Sweden rescued the reigning champions’ World Cup campaign from the brink of disaster. Die Mannschaft need to build on that with a win against South Korea, which would see Joachim Low’s side reach the last 16 provided they match Sweden’s result against Mexico.
Where and when: Kazan Arena – 27 June, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see South Korea vs. Germany: BBC
Last time: These teams last played each other in a friendly in 2004, which Korea won 3-1.
|Germany to win and both teams to score||13/8||Offer|
|Germany to win 2-1||19/2||Offer|
|Werner to score first||7/2||Offer|
South Korea v Germany Predictions and Preview
This will be the third time these two countries have met at the World Cup, with Germany winning both of the previous meetings including at South Korea’s home tournament in 2002. Die Mannschaft’s late win felt like a seismic moment on Saturday night, but they need to improve if they’re going to defend their world title.
Low’s side had to rely on a moment of brilliance from Toni Kroos, who bent a stunning free-kick into the top corner at the death to complete Germany’s comeback win. We can expect them to have plenty of the ball against Korea, with a victory for the European nation priced at 3/10.
Korea are 16/1, and they will look to take advantage of what has been a shaky German defence so far at Russia 2018. Die Mannschaft have been exposed by both Mexico and Sweden on numerous occasions, although Jerome Boateng’s suspension might not be the worst thing considering some of his positional play and tendency to roam forward.
Despite losing both of their games so far, the Taegeuk Warriors could still qualify for the knockout rounds if they pull off an unlikely win and Mexico beat Sweden. A draw would mean they’re definitely out, and that’s priced at 7/1.
Korea boss Shin Tae-yong will have to do without Park Joo-ho for this game, after the defender pulled his hamstring in his country’s opening game. For Germany, Mats Hummels is hopeful of recovering from a neck injury, while it remains to be seen whether Sebastian Rudy’s broken nose will keep him out. Mesut Ozil will hope for a recall after staying on the bench against Sweden.
One to watch for South Korea: Son Heung-min is Korea’s most talented player, and proved himself in the Bundesliga before moving to Tottenham. He’s 8/1 to score first, and 4/1 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Germany: Big things are expected of Timo Werner, but he’s yet to spark into life in Russia. If Low persists with the RB Leipzig man, he’s 7/2 to open the scoring, or 10/11 to net anytime.
Long shot: Germany are 19/2 to win a second successive game 2-1, with the odds increasing to 37/1 with Werner as the first goalscorer.