2022 FIFA World Cup
Monday 5th December 2022
Kick off at 7pm GMT
Venue: Stadium 974
Brazil will be widely expected to beat South Korea and move swiftly into the quarter finals but as we have already seen at this World Cup there have been shocks and surprises and you never quite know what will happen next.
There was a tinge of disappointment in the Brazilian camp to lose against Cameroon 1-0 in their last group game. Granted they had already qualified in 1st place for the knock out stages but no one wanted to taste a defeat, although manager Tite had rung the changes and in no way shape or form did the performance match a typical Brazilian one when needing the win. Brazil have scored 3 goals so far which is their lowest amount since the 1978 World Cup and that might be a worry although they have only conceded once. Brazil started their campaign off by beating Serbia 2-0 with a pair of Richarlison goals, his second may well go down as the goal of the tournament. They followed this up with a narrow 1-0 victory over Switzerland and then came the defeat against Cameroon. Brazil remain the favourites to win their first World Cup in 20 years and one would feel that their strongest side will be too much for the Koreans.
There was utter joy and happiness on the pitch once South Korea realised that they had qualified for the knock out stages after their last group game. In that they had just beaten Portugal 2-1 with a 91st minute winner. However in the other group game Uruguay needed to score one more goal against Ghana to knock South Korea out but it didn’t happen and in brilliant, chaotic scenes South Korea went through. Their other games finished 0-0 against Uruguay and they lost 3-2 to Ghana in what ended up being a very tight group. It really could have gone either way for South Korea who, with only a few minutes left in their final group game with Portugal were heading out of the competition.
Brazil: Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles have been ruled out for the remainder of the competition with knee injuries. Neymar could return after recovering from his recent ankle injury which seen him miss two group games. Danilo is making progress to return from an ankle sprain and will be assessed.
South Korea: Kim Min-jae will be assessed with a muscle problem meaning he missed out on the nations last group game. Lee Kang-in and Kim Young-gwon will have to be assessed also with slight muscle problems.
Brazil vs South Korea Head to Head:
The teams have played each other seven times and Brazil have 6 wins while South Korea have one win.
Brazil have won the last 4 meetings in a row with the latest one taking place earlier this year which they duly won 5-1.
Brazil have scored 8 goals past South Korea in the last two meetings.
This encounter will be the first competitive one between the two teams.
Brazil vs South Korea Prediction:
The big plus for Brazil is that Neymar will return he has been sensational this season for his club side PSG and looked sharp in his only game for Brazil so far in this World Cup against Serbia. He will be pivotal one would expect for any success that Brazil may achieve at this competition. It may feel like a blow to lose someone like Gabriel Jesus who has been outstanding in the Premier League this season though it is clear that Tite never had the forward in his first choice plans anyway.
With all due respect to South Korea if they were to win here and set up an all Asian clash with Japan if they beat Croatia, it would be one of the World Cup shocks but we have seen how they never give in and have had some luck along the way too. But South Korea on evidence do not look as strong as Japan and while they will try to be compact and frustrate the Brazilians we only see one winner here so does the betting market and Brazil are 1.20 to win this. South Korea are as large as 13.00 to create the surprise, but don’t hold your breath. Not only should Brazil qualify they can score a few goals here too and they should come thundering into the quarter finals of a competition that they will feel they are destined to win.
Brazil vs South Korea Betting Tips:
Handicap: Brazil to beat South Korea with a -1 goal start at 1.80
Anytime goalscorer: Richarlison at 2.75
Anytime goalscorer: Vinicus Junior at 2.75
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