2018 has been a rough year for the South Korean National football team. This is because they have seen a lot of changes with a new coach, gold medals and heartaches. Furthermore, they intend to finish the technical season with one last win. This is because Korea will play Saudi Arabia in a Friendly Match at Monday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The matchup will take place at the Baniyas Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 8PM local time or 1AM Seoul time. Thus, South Korean football betting fans will be staying up late to watch their tea, on New Year’s Day.
The upcoming match is the Korean National football team’s last practice match before the start of the 2019 Asian Cup. For South Korea, this is their chance to win a continental crown. In addition, this match is great practice for the Taeguk Warriors because the Saudi Arabian team is a time champion.
Can the South Korean Team Win?
According to sports betting odds experts, South Korea has a shot at winning this match. This is because despite having a losing history with Saudi Arabia, it is only with 4 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. In addition, sports handicappers believe that Coach Paulo Bento has what it takes to take his team to the semi-finals.
Ever since he took over the team, Coach Bento has taken his team on a 6 match unbeaten streak. However, during their last matchup against Saudi Arabia back in 2015, South Korea won 2-0. At the moment, the Taeguk Warriors have a FIFA ranking of 53 which is 16 spots higher than Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia on the other hand are under the leadership of head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi with 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss. Furthermore, their last match was in October where they lost to Brazil 2-0.
The South Korean team will probably use Hong Chul, Lee Yong, Kim Young-gwon and Kim Min-jae in their starting lineup. However, to bookie PPH sites, it is a mystery as to who they will use for their goalkeeper.