Sweden vs. South Korea
|Date & Time||Monday June 18, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: S Korea +339 / Sweden +108 / Draw +219 -- Over/Under: 2
South Korea and Sweden meet Monday in World Cup soccer action at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
South Korea is in the World Cup for a ninth straight try and hopes to make it out of the group stages for the third time in its last five appearances. South Korea comes into this tournament losing four of its last six matches, but this team can’t be slept on due to its speed and conditioning. The Taeguk Warriors can be a tough matchup in open field due to their speed, and they have some guys who can finish with the ball, such as Son Heung-Min, Kwon Chang-Hoon and Ki Sung-Yeung. South Korea has been shutout in its last two matches, but there’s pure talent here and if it comes together in this tournament, this could be the surprise team of the group. The issues for South Korea are obviously defense, as this club has allowed two or more goals in five of its last eight matches and Kim Seung-Gyu is probably one of the worst goalies in the tournament if we’re being honest.
Sweden is in the World Cup for the first time since 2006 and has made it out of the group stages each of its last three appearances. Sweden comes into this tournament on a defensive high, pitching shutouts in five of its last eight matches, which includes recent matches against Denmark and Peru. Sweden is a very physically strong team, a confident bunch and should be rather confident given its recent results against other quality sides. The Blue-Yellow won’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the way obviously, but that may be a good thing, as it allows younger players a chance to shine and should give Emil Forsberg more chances to put his fingerprints all over this tournament. Sweden does lack the star power or true difference makers needed to survive in this tournament, but this is a close bunch and guys who play more as a team than past years. Sweden will be a tough out, regardless when that out takes place.
There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.
This is almost a must win for both sides if either hope to make it out of this group. Sweden is probably the more complete team, but South Korea has better strikers and more team speed. We could see an upset here, especially given the experience advantage. However, I’m taking the over in this match. The Taeguk Warriors should get a lot of good looks on the counter, while Sweden moves the ball better than in the past, and South Korea is poor defensively. This could be a decent offensive match for a change.
Give me the over.