South Korea vs Germany prediction: South Korea 0-2 Germany
Germany have been far from their best of late. Wednesday’s match is a chance for Die Mannschaft to remind everyone that they are still world champions.
Although it’s no longer in their own hands, South Korea will cling on to the faint chances they have of still reaching the knockout stage.
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South Korea vs Germany: Who will win?
Germany are 1/5 favourites to win on Wednesday while South Korea can be backed at massive odds of 16/1 to claim a famous victory.
Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller and Timo Werner are all tied at 15/4 to be the first goalscorer. Expected to lead the line once again on Wednesday, Gomez is my pick to score the first goal of the match.
Following their rocky start to the tournament, Germany’s odds of winning the World Cup again have been increased to 6/1.
South Korea vs Germany match preview
Group F concludes on Wednesday, with Germany taking on South Korea at the Kazan Arena.
After their shock opening-match defeat to Mexico, the pressure was on Joachim Low’s side in their second game against Sweden.
Defeat would’ve seen the defending champions get knocked out of the competition. Ola Toivonen put Sweden ahead before Marco Reus dragged Germany level just after the break. Toni Kroos scored in the 96th minute of the match to hand 10-man Germany a dramatic and famous win.
South Korea lost for the second match running. Not quite eliminating them from the competition but they need a win here, a Mexico win versus Sweden and a goal difference swing.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min scored a late consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat to Mexico
Germany have faced South Korea three times in their history, the most recent of which was an international friendly in 2004 that finished 3-1 in Korea’s favour. Germany won the other two matches, both at World Cup finals.
Group F Permutations
With South Korea needing a miracle to remain in the competition, two of Mexico, Germany and Sweden will likely progress to the last 16.
Mexico, who play Sweden concurrently, begin the day at the top of the group on six points.
Germany and Sweden both have three points and a goal difference of zero. Germany are only above Sweden based on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
It is possible that Germany win the match and fail to qualify, it is also possible that they lose the match and still qualify – it all depends on Mexico’s result against Sweden.
Essentially, to guarantee qualification, Germany must better Sweden’s result against Mexico.
The winners and runners-up of the group will face the runners-up and winners of Group E respectively, meaning we could be set for a Germany-Brazil round of 16 clash.
South Korea team news vs Germany
Left-back Park Joo-Ho is still a doubt, meaning Kim Win-Moo should keep his place in the starting eleven.
Head coach Shin Tae-yong is not expected to make wholesale changes.
Germany team news vs South Korea
Jerome Boateng will serve a suspension after picking up a red card against Sweden.
Mats Hummels is expected to shake off a neck problem and start alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Ilkay Gundogan should start in midfield, in place of Sebastian Rudy who is a doubt. The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a broken nose last time out.
Mario Gomez could start in place of Julian Draxler, a move that would see Timo Werner shift out wide.
South Korea predicted starting line-up vs Germany
Germany predicted line-up vs South Korea
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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