South Korea vs. Mexico
July 31, 2021 7:00 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +107, Under 2.5 -138
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South Korea and Mexico are facing off at Nissan Stadium in the Quarterfinals of the Olympics 2021 soccer tournament. After losing in round 1, South Korea was outstanding in the last 2 games, and they have won both of those. Mexico has 2 wins and a loss in their 3 group stage games, but that was enough for 2nd place in their group.
South Korea has conceded only 1 goal so far in this tournament, while they scored impressive 10 goals in their last 2 games. In their last game against Honduras, South Korea needed a win and boy did they get it. South Korea was outstanding with 69% of ball possession, 12 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 7 corner kicks, and a high 90% of the correct passes. Until the 20th minute, South Korea has scored 2 goals, and once Honduras conceded a red card in the 39th minute, it was game over. South Korea has scored 4 more goals in this match, and they have won this game 6-0. Lee and Ui-jo have each scored 3 goals for South Korea so far in this tournament. With the form they are in, South Korea can be a dangerous team, and they have the quality to beat this Mexican team.
Mexico also needed a win in the last round, and fortunately for them, they were playing against South Africa, the team that was going home no matter what happened in this match. Mexico has scored 8 goals so far in this tournament while conceding 3 goals. With 2 wins and a loss, Mexico has ended the group stage in 2nd place, but they got a tough opponent here. In that game against South Africa, Mexico has had 45% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 84% of the correct passes. Mexico was the better team in this game, at least a more effective team, and after they scored 3 goals, they conceded a red card in the 66th minute. Mexico has won this game 0-3. Unfortunately for Mexico, Carlos Rodriguez will miss this game because of the red card conceded in their last game. Vega is the leading goalscorer for Mexico with 2 goals, but a lot of players are in good form. Mexico is not a bad team, but they haven’t done well against teams that are scoring a lot of goals, and South Korea is definitely one of those teams.
These two teams have met twice, and South Korea has won 1 game, while 1 game ended in a draw. I think this will be a tough game for both teams, but South Korea is in better form, and their defense looks much better. Mexico will be missing their player who conceded a red card, but I don’t think it would have mattered even if they aren’t. I’m taking South Korea in this one.