Brazil vs South Korea
Here we go again.
Brazil have featured in a couple of my bets already during the World Cup and they’ve not let me down. This time I’m backing them to make the quarter-finals, simple.
Brazil kicked off the tournament with successive wins without conceding a goal. That allowed them to rotate their starting 11 going into the game against Cameroon and that ultimately led to the defeat.
Brazil and South Korea were both involved in shock results last time out. The Brazilians losing to Cameroon thanks to Aboubakar’s late goal, South Korea beat Portugal with a stoppage time goal that sent Uruguay and Suarez home crying.
Big news. Neymar has been back training on the ankle he injured and there’s been confirmation that he’ll be fit enough to be involved on Monday night. Many outlets are predicting him to make the starting XI.
Brazil produced an xG of 2.32 against Cameroon so it’s not like it was a damaging defeat against Cameroon. It just shows that rotating in attacking areas hurt. With the likes of Neymar, Vinicius, Richarlison and Raphinha returning… All the best Korea.
While South Korea achieved a huge result against Portugal and fully deserve their spot in the last 16. I haven’t been impressed with them. They began with that toothless 0-0 with Uruguay where neither side had a shot on target, and they then lost 3-2 to Ghana and conceded some really poor goals.
This World Cup has thrown up some strange results, there’s no doubting that. And that’s why the ‘to qualify’ option should provide some peace of mind. This generation of Brazilians is a frightening one, and if South Korea knock them out, you just have to hold your hands up and say fair play.
The facts are that Brazil are going to dominate this match, likely from start to finish. And they’ll create tonnes of chances in the process. South Korea will sit and do what they can to keep their opponents off the goal sheet.
If that means cynical fouls and yellow cards? So be it, I imagine.
South Korea have had five cards across their three matches so far. They’ve also had a couple in each of their last two. Two yellows against Ghana and another two yellows against Portugal.
Brazil are amazing at drawing cards out of their opponents, so far at this World Cup it’s been a total of 10 across the opening three games. They drew three yellows out of Serbia in their opener, and then Cameroon picked up five yellows and a red in Brazil’s last match.