Preview - Senegal vs South Korea 11 June 18

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Senegal vs South Korea
Monday, June 11th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Untersberg-Arena

Last five matches form: W D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.88
Average goals against per match: 0.62
Top Scorer: Moussa Sow (18)

South Korea:
Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match: 2.11
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Son Heung-min (21)

Two sides who will be taking part in the imminent World Cup Finals square off in Austria as African qualifiers Senegal take on one of Asia's top sides in South Korea.

Senegal are yet to win a warm up game headed into the finals with draws against lowly Uzbekistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Luxembourg and a defeat to Croatia hardly boding well for their chances. With Japan in their section though this should at least prove to be a useful exercise in taking on Asian opposition.

South Korea likewise have hardly set the world alight in their friendly games ahead of the tournament, losing to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and Poland. They have at least won a few though, albeit against inferior opposition in Moldova, Latvia and Honduras.

The FIFA World Rankings suggest that Senegal (27) are superior to Korea (57), but on recent form there really doesn't appear to be much between these sides.

In Sadio Mané and Son Heung-min, the two sides do possess a player who can make things happen in the attacking third but the supporting cast for both sides doesn't look particularly strong.

Korea are yet to taste defeat to Senegal, beating them 2-0 in 2009 and drawing 1-1 back in 2006.

It really does look tough to split these two, but on the basis that Senegal look to be the slightly better side in defence they are taken to edge this one.

Prediction: Senegal 2 - 1 South Korea


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0

Senegal did win this one in the end, but they certainly received a good deal of help from South Korea.

The first goal came in the 67th minute when Young-Gwon Kim contrived to turn the ball into his own net.

The second also came courtesy of an error from the Korean defence. A foul in the box in the 90th minute leaving the referee with little option but to point to the spot. Moussa Konate the man to step up and slot into the bottom left hand corner.

A good confidence boosting win for Alou Cissé's men, and particularly encouraging ahead of their clash with Japan in the World Cup Group stage. They will likely need to significantly up their performance levels if they are to get anything against Colombia or Poland though.

For South Korea this wasn't the ideal way in which to head into the finals. They have now lost four of their last six games and scored only one goal in their past four. Vast improvement is going to be needed if they are to have any hope at all of escaping a tough looking group containing Sweden, Mexico and Germany. It's difficult to see where that improvement will come from though.

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