Ace Football previews the World Cup game between South Korea and Portugal who meet up this coming Friday. The match preview includes the current team news, stats, and a recommended betting tip.
South Korea go up against Portugal this coming Friday in a game that will take place at Education City Stadium. This is their third and final outing in the World Cup group stages.
After the first two rounds of Group H matches in the World Cup, South Korea have one point as number three, while Portugal rank number one with six points. South Korea enter their upcoming game as number 28 in the FIFA world ranking. This leaves quite a gap to opponents Portugal, who enter the game ranked number 9 in the world.
While considered outsiders for a group win, South Korea are looking to cause a slight surprise and push their way into second place. Portugal are big favourites to top their group and not only that. They can also lay claim to a place in the final if all the margins work out right.
World Cup standings overview: South Korea vs Portugal
South Korea have only one point to show for their efforts in their first two group matches, which is not great. At least they are still in with a chance of going through, but only if they win this final group match. Portugal came through their first two matches with six points to show for their efforts. Having already secured passage to the next stage, they might take it easy in this third outing.
Team form: South Korea vs Portugal
South Korea Form
In their last three matches, South Korea beat Iceland 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Uruguay before losing 2-3 against Ghana. The Taegeuk Warriors were able to win five of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing three of the games. They suffered defeat in two of these outings.
Portugal look fabulous with three wins on the trot, starting off against Nigeria, who were defeated 4-0. Then, Ghana got outclassed in a 3-2 win before beating Uruguay by 2-0. The Navigators were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing one of the games. They suffered two defeats as well.
Betting stats for South Korea and Portugal
Here are some interesting betting-relevant facts based on the data from the last couple of matches that South Korea and Portugal played across all competitions.
- In the last 3 South Korea matches, the sum of goals was under 1.5
- South Korea have not lost 9 of the last 10 matches
- In 6 of the last 7 South Korea matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
- South Korea have scored in 9 of the last 11 matches
- In the last 3 South Korea matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- Portugal have not lost 8 of the last 10 matches
- Portugal have won 3 of the last 4 matches while scoring more than 2.5 goals
- Portugal have won 5 of the last 7 matches while scoring more than 1.5 goals
- Portugal have scored in 9 of the last 11 matches
- Portugal have won 5 of the last 7 matches
Players to watch: South Korea vs Portugal
It is the beginning of a new World Cup campaign, and both South Korea and Portugal will be looking for their main strikers this season. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team this season.
Popular markets: South Korea vs Portugal
In their last 10 matches across all tournaments, South Korea won five times, drew three and lost two times. Portugal claimed seven wins, drew one time and lost two in their last 10 games across all tournaments.
Both teams to score
South Korea scored the first goal of the match in four of their previous ten games. Portugal scored the opening goal in seven of the last ten games. Portugal have been ready from the outset, scoring the opening goal no less than seven times in their previous 10 outings. South Korea scored the first goal of the game in four of their last 10 games.
South Korea saw over 2.5 goals in seven of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.8 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals came up in four of Portugal’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 2.2 goals in these matches.
Betting suggestion: South Korea vs Portugal
In conclusion, the upcoming game between South Korea and Portugal seems like a decent betting opportunity. Considering the abovementioned stats and facts, we have come up with a betting suggestion for this World Cup match.