South Korea vs Germany preview, betting tips and prediction
Germany to Win @ 1/5 with Coral
Germany are back, make no mistake about it. The World Cup holders were looking at an early exit when they went behind to Sweden in their second group game. Defeat would have made them the latest in an illustrious group of twenty-first century holders to fall at the first hurdle. But, thanks to a combination of grit, absent VAR and Swedish submissiveness, they fought back in the second half. It culminated with the winner deep into stoppage time, Toni Kroos lashing home from a free-kick with what was essentially the last kick of the game. Far from convincing but Germany will be convinced that they belong in this tournament after such a comeback.
That’s bad news for South Korea, who are the only team in the group yet to collect a point. However, they can still go through if they beat Germany and Sweden lose to Mexico. It’s unlikely but so was Mexico beating Germany and they did that. So was Sweden beating Germany and they almost did that. Shin Tae-Yong will set his side up with the aim of pressing a nervy German defence. Susceptible to the counter, Germany can be caught out by speedy attackers.
Germany have only kept one clean sheet in their last ten games. That says a lot about the problems that they have had in defence in recent months. They’ve carried those into the tournament and reports of tension within the camp only add to the belief that this Germany struggles to play as a cohesive unit. The lack of a focal point has also been an issue. However, the quality of their support strikers and midfielders can carry them past the best sides.
South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches. They will be encouraged by the improved performance against Mexico after a drab defeat to Sweden. Having Son Heung-min up front is a huge strength to any counter-attacking game plan.
Squad disharmony is reportedly affecting Joachim Loew’s selection. German media are suspicious about Mats Hummels’ neck injury. Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira were dropped against Sweden. Sebastian Rudy came off after getting a boot in the face. He may play with some face protection. While Jerome Boateng is banned after his red card.
South Korea captain Ki Sung-Yueng left the stadium on crutches after the defeat to Mexico so he’s a big doubt for this game.