Sweden v South Korea Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Swedes to sneak opening win

Sweden v South Korea-- World Cup 2018

Sweden v South Korea Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 18th June – 1.00 p.m
(Full time: 1:0 – goals: Granqvist (P) 66′)

This is an important game for the Swedes because if they drop points here it may be difficult for them down the line to grab a qualification place. This is their easiest game in Group F with Mexico and Germany to follow for them. So the Europeans cannot afford to miss this opportunity but they have been struggling for goals during their warm up. But then there are facing a South Korea side who are favourites to get the wooden spoon in the group and are pretty much out of form themselves so are predictions for Sweden v South Korea may be leaning towards a low scoring contest.

Sweden News and Form

Sweden actually put together a good qualification campaign as they finished behind France while holding off the challenge of the Netherlands. So that was a competitive group that they had to battle their way through and then they had to deal with Italy in the playoffs to get to Russia 2018. Sweden took a 1-0 win over the Italians. Since booking qualification for the World Cup finals through Sweden’s form has taken a bit of dip having failed to win any of their last six games (D4 L2). So that’s a concern for them now at the World Cup and they have also failed to score in four of their last six which is a surprise because they look quite strong going forward during their qualification campaign where they had Marcus Berg who was the top goalscorer in the entire group. Berg is the 5/1 odds first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (betting odds taken on June 14, 2018, at 3:48 AM).

Sweden v South Korea World Cup 2018 - Infographic

So things are not quite going smoothly for the Swedes at the moment and because the goals have dried up then our Sweden v South Korea predictions include under 2.5 goals at 8/15 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 14, 2018, at 3:48 AM). The game really does look as if it is going to struggle to get above that goal-line and Sweden took back-to-back clean sheets in there to final warm-up matches. Expecting the game to be a low scoring one it does open options in the correct score market and as Sweden are favourites to win this game then a Sweden 1-0 option is at 9/2 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 14, 2018, at 3:48 AM). The way this Group F is expected to pan out is Germany win it, subsequently leaving a battle between Mexico and Sweden for the other qualification spot.

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South Korea News and Form

Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son is going to be the focal point of South Korea’s hopes at the 2018 World Cup. However on the whole South Korea does not look like any kind of force to be reckoned with at all, and like the Swedes, they are not carrying any great form. South Korea has suffered four losses in their last six games, and have not hit the back of the net in either of their last two. In their qualification campaign, South Korea finished seven points behind group winners Iran but it was enough to still secure them automatic qualification place. They do have clear weaknesses in the back line and that is why despite this looking like a tight game our Sweden v South Korea predictions favour the Europeans. We can see big value in backing both teams to not score at bet365 for 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on June 14, 2018, at 3:48 AM) as both teams have scored in just one of Sweden’s last six games, and both teams have scored in just one of South Korea’s last four games. It may be a fairly sedate game.

Sweden v South Korea Head to Head

Sweden and South Korea have met each other twice before and both were friendly internationals. Both of those games as well ended in a draw.

Sweden v South Korea Betting Odds*

Sweden 21/20
Draw 9/4
South Korea 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 14th, 2018 at 5:54 p.m.)

Sweden v South Korea Predictions

There are two sides who aren’t in any particular kind of positive form. Sweden should be the better of the two but they haven’t been clicking as an attacking unit and have actually won only two World Cup matches since 1994. So there is every indication that this is going to be a low scoring game, so our prediction is to back the Europeans to get the victory by a one-goal margin.