South Korea will be looking to take a major step towards the round of 16 with a win against Ghana who are battling to stay alive at the tournament after losing their opener.
South Korea fought hard in their goalless draw against two-time defending champions Uruguay and will now look to build on that hard-earned point at the 2022 FIFA World Cup as They will face Ghana at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan on Monday, November 27. A victory will give South Korea a major boost in their quest for a place in the knockout stages while a defeat will end Ghana’s hopes of qualifying for the group stage.
South Korea are the most successful Asian team at the World Cup, having reached the last four when they were co-hosts in 2002. Meanwhile, Ghana are one of only three African countries to have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Son Heung-min was deemed fit to start wearing a protective mask as his side battled to a 0-0 draw against Uruguay. The draw extends their impressive defensive record to three consecutive clean sheets in their four-game unbeaten streak.
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However, they need to start shooting forward, having failed to fire a single shot on target in the game against Uruguay. Son will be key to their hopes and coach Paulo Bento will be hoping he can brush off the rust after making his first appearance since suffering a fracture around his left eye in the Champions League clash. Tottenham to Marseilles.
Ghana, on the other hand, were unlucky not to pick up at least one point in their 3-2 loss to Portugal in their opening game of the tournament. Inaki Williams had a magnificent opportunity to equalize on death as he deprived goalkeeper Diogo Costa of possession but slipped at the last moment.
The Black Stars find themselves at the bottom of the pack and another defeat by Otto Addo’s men will end their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.
South Korea vs Ghana Team News:
Son Heung-min started the final game wearing a protective mask and managed to play the full 90 minutes. Centre-back Kim Min-jae also appears to have suffered a calf injury but should be fit to start against Ghana.
Ghana will have a fully fit squad to choose from as they completed their game against Portugal injury free.
South Korea vs Ghana Possible starting XI:
South Korea Possible starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Kim SG; Kim M, Kim MJ, Kim YG, Kim JS; Hwang IB, Jung; Na, Lee JS, Son HM; Hwang U J.
Ghana Possible starting 11 (5-3-2): Ati-Zigi; Seidu, Amartey, Djiku, Salisu, Rahman; Partey, Kudus, Samed; A Ayew, Williams.
Showdown between South Korea and Ghana: Ghana hold the lead with a 4-3 record against South Korea in wins in their last seven head-to-head encounters, all in international friendlies. Their last encounter ended in a 4-0 win for Ghana thanks to a Jordan hat-trick. Yes.
Form guide (last five games)
South Korea: WDWWD
Betting odds (bet365)
South Korea Victory: 2.40
Ghana win: 3.10
Prediction South Korea vs Ghana: The Black Stars have quite a few new faces in their ranks that could go against them as they take on a well-trained South Korean side. Considering Ghana have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 games, we expect South Korea to win this draw 3-1.
Where to watch and kick-off time: The match kicks off at 6:30 p.m. IST on Monday, November 28 and will be streamed live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. Fans can also stream the action online on the official JioCinema website and the Jio Cinema app.
(Edited by : Prakhar Satchdeo)