Australia – South Korea Prediction & Picks (17.11.2018)


Australia – South Korea SOCCER PICKS

Australia and Republic of Korea meet at Suncorp Stadium in a friendly. This is the 6th friendly match of the year for Australia, after friendlies against Kuwait, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Colombia and Norway. In the case of the Republic of Korea, this is their 14th friend of the year, after previous friendlies against Panama, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Senegal, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Honduras, Poland, Northern Ireland, Latvia, Jamaica and Moldova. There is only record of 2 recent direct matches between these two teams: on 31-01-2015, which ended with the victory of Australia by (1-2), at the end of the extension, and on 01-17-2015, which ended with the Republic of Korea‘s victory by (0-1). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.


The team of the house disputes its 6th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following markers: Kuwait (0-4) Australia, Hungary (1-2) Australia, Australia (4-0) Czech Republic, Colombia (0-0) Australia and Norway (4-1) Australia. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 9 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last 9 home matches for all competitions, Australia won 6 and lost 3. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 9 of the last 9 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 6 out of 9 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback.

The 42nd ranked in the FIFA Ranking, Australia, had a poor performance, but expected, in the World Cup, as it played a very complicated group and now begins its qualification for the 2022 World Cup. The team made only 1 game after the World Cup, in which he easily defeated the fragile selection of Kuwait, but now he will have a much greater challenge. Australia is characterized by the physical game, focusing first on defending itself only after attacking, being a team that plays very close and bases its offensive game, first and foremost, on long distance shots and aerial plays, since it has a template of some quality and It creates quite a danger in crosses. For the game against South Korea, coach Arnold must keep the team in a 4-5-1, with a strong defensive score in the midfield and forcing flank attacks, so that the ball reaches the top Giannou.

Republic of Korea:

The visiting team disputes its 14th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following scores: Republic of Korea (2-2) Panama, Republic of Korea (2-1) Uruguay, Republic of Korea (0-0) Chile, Republic of Korea (2-0) Costa Rica, Senegal (2-0) Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea (0-0) Bolivia, Republic of Korea (1-3) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of Korea (2-0) Honduras, Poland (3-2) Republic of Korea Korea, Northern Ireland (2-1) Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea (1-0) Latvia, Republic of Korea (2-2) Jamaica and Republic of Korea (1-0) Moldova. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, the Republic of Korea won 2, tied 2 and lost 6. Their attack has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition.

South Korea is the 53rd placed in the FIFA Ranking. Despite being eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup, she had good times, such as the victory over the strong selection of Germany. Now begins a new cycle of preparation to try to be in the next World Cup again. After the World Cup, South Korea played 4 friendlies, in which it won 2 and tied another 2, highlighting the victory over Uruguay and the draw with Chile, two teams very superior technically. The team is characterized by acting at great speed, with fast outings for the attack, and tries to decide their offensive plays quickly, but their defense is a bit fragile, of low physical strength and, as it is a team that attacks many players, many times It takes defensive recovery, in addition to going through difficulties in the air, which should be a problem against a team with tall players, such as Australia. For this friendly, coach Paulo Bento must act in a 4-3-3, with 2 forwards wide open on the flanks, trying to speed up his game, but with a somewhat unprotected midfield, with more offensive players.

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