It’s win or bust for South Korea as their stuttering World Cup group-stage campaign needs to be kicked into gear in their final outing against Portugal.
After drawing 1-1 with Uruguay in their opener, a 3-2 defeat to Ghana followed on matchday two and as such, only a win here plus a favourable result in the other Group H match would see Paulo Bento’s side progress.
The Tigers last managed to reach the knockout round in 2010, with their last two World Cups ending in the group stage, and they’ll need to be at their very best to beat a Portugal side who have won two from two.
While head coach Fernando Santos is likely to shuffle his pack given the fact that they’ve already qualified for the Round of 16, the Euro 2016 winners will be keen to make it three victories in succession and to top the group in style.
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South Korea vs Portugal odds
As they’ve won both of their 2022 World Cup fixtures so far, it’s not difficult to see why the bookmakers are backing Portugal to make it a clean sweep in Group H with another three points against South Korea.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company have impressed in the tournament to date, netting five goals across two outings against Ghana and Uruguay as they’ve controlled their group from the off.
But South Korea simply need to win this match to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds for the first time since 2010. At +425, the Tigers of Asia hold great value here though and can definitely spring a surprise, especially as Portugal boss Santos may choose to rest crucial players ahead of their next outing.
We’re instead backing the draw here at +310, which seems fantastic value given the group scenario and the fact that South Korea should attack from the off.
|South Korea win||+425||4.95||17/4||19/5|
to score Y / N
|-120 / -110||1.73 / 1.88||8/11, 1/1||7/10, 21/20|
|Over / Under
|-135 / +100||1.73 / 2.04||8/11, 1/1||4/6, 11/10|
|South Korea +0.5||+125||2.30||—||—|
South Korea vs Portugal: 3 things to know
South Korea vs Portugal team news
For South Korea, Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan missed the Ghana game with a hamstring injury and will be desperate to be involved but likely won’t be risked from the off. Needing to win, boss Paulo Bento may also opt for an even more attacking formation than the 4-2-3-1 he’s deployed so far in Qatar.
With Portugal already through to the Round of 16, expect some rotation to a team that’s won both of their games at the tournament to date. Danilo Pereira missed their victory against Uruguay with broken ribs and won’t be risked in this match. Star player Cristiano Ronaldo could also be benched to keep him in top shape for the knockout rounds, and there are doubts over whether Nuno Mendes will feature again due to injury.
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South Korea vs Portugal key stats
- This will be the second meeting between these two sides at the World Cup. The only other clash back in 2002 saw South Korea win 1-0 in the group stage.
- Portugal are looking to make it three group-stage wins in a single tournament for just the third time after 1966 and 2006.
- After suffering defeat against Ghana last time out, South Korea have now won just one of their past seven World Cup matches.
South Korea vs Portugal match facts
- Date: Friday, December 2
- Kickoff Time: 10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT / 2 a.m. AEDT (Sat, Dec. 3)
- Location: Education City Stadium
- Official: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
Match officials designations @FIFAWorldCup – Group H – 2 December – Education City Stadium
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South Korea vs Portugal prediction
- Moneyline lean: Portugal to win (-165)
- Against the spread lean: Portugal -0.5 (-185)
- Score prediction: South Korea 1-1 Portugal
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South Korea vs Portugal: best bet
- Pick: Both teams to score
- Odds: -120 (BetMGM)
As we’re backing a 1-1 draw in this Group H decider, we’ve also decided to back the both teams to score market at -120.
With South Korea needing to win, they’ll likely push from the off and given that they’ve been on the scoresheet in 10 of their past 12 internationals, they should strike again here.
As for Portugal, they come into this final group-stage fixture as one of the highest-scoring teams at the World Cup in Qatar, having netted five already.
They too have found the back of the net in 10 of their most recent 12 outings and even though they’ll likely be rotated here, they should still have too much attacking firepower for South Korea to handle.
South Korea vs Portugal flier bet
- Pick: Tie at half time, tie at full time
- Odds: +500 (BetMGM)
Whilst South Korea have to win here to have any chance of qualification from Group H, they’ll still find it difficult to nullify a Portugal side who are already through.
Still, you can expect to see Santos rotate his side here, something that will only improve South Korea’s chances. As seen by France’s poor performance and loss to Tunisia when rotated, anything can happen when a coach shuffles his pack at the 2022 World Cup.
We still fancy Portugal to be very competitive in this clash but as we’re backing the draw, there’s real value at +500 for the game to be a tie at both halftime and fulltime. Also, remember that over half of the matches at this tournament have remained goalless at the break…
South Korea v Portugal live stream, TV channel
|USA||Fri, Dec. 2||10:00 ET||FOX,
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
|Canada||Fri, Dec. 2||10:00 ET||TSN 1, RDS (French)||TSN site/app,
|UK||Fri, Dec. 2||15:00 GMT||BBC Two||BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website|
|Australia||Sat, Dec. 3||02:00 AEDT||SBS||SBS On Demand|
|India||Fri, Dec. 2||20:30 IST||Sports18||Voot, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||Fri, Dec. 2||23:00 HKT||Now TV (Ch. 616, 618)||Now TV|
|Malaysia||Fri, Dec. 2||23:00 MYT||Astro FIFA World Cup 1||Astro GO|
|Singapore||Fri, Dec. 2||23:00 SGT||StarHub FIFA World Cup,
Singtel FIFA World Cup 141
|Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch
|New Zealand||Sat, Dec. 3||04:00 NZDT||Sky Sport 1 NZ||Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW|