South Korea vs Uzbekistan
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Asia (Group A)
Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Kick-off: 11:00 am UK
Venue: Seoul World Cup Stadium.
South Korea were handed their first defeat of the qualification campaign as a first half goal from FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun was enough to give Iran all three points in the round four fixture. The result have sent Iran to top of the group with 10 points from their 4 matches, while Korea have some catching to do as they are dropped to third with 7 points. While Korea’s fifth round opponent Uzbekistan are second in the standings with 9 points, which would make this fixture a key in deciding the qualification status at the end of the group stage.
Korea never looked comfortable in any of their four matches so far. At home, they had to battle to earn victories against China and Qatar, with both teams putting 2 goals past the hosts in a similar 3-2 loss. And in the two away games, they are win-less and are yet to score a goal. They were held to a goal-less draw at Syria prior to the 1-0 loss at Iran.
Uzbekistan’s lone defeat was also inflicted by Iran by a lone goal. However, three wins gathered against Syria, Qatar and China with clean sheets put them in a commanding position to make a strong bid for their World Cup dreams.
South Korea vs Uzbekistan: Live Streaming
The World Cup Qualifying match between South Korea and Uzbekistan can be streamed Live for FREE at AFC’s official YouTube channel. The link can be found here.
South Korea vs Uzbekistan: Head-to-Head Stats
South Korea national football team have not lost to Uzbekistan in all competitions. Out of the 13 meetings between them, Korea have won 9 and 4 matches saw stalemates.
Their latest meeting was a friendly hosted by Korea, which finished in a 1-1 draw.
Korea have won 4 and draw 2 of the six World Cup qualifiers against Uzbekistan, with a 100% win record in 3 home games during the period.
South Korea vs Uzbekistan: Prediction
It is time for Korea to step up their game and put an end to their turbulent form. They did manage to win both qualifying games at home, however their defense remains the weakest point.
Uzbekistan are a side known for their defensive prowess after having kept 3 clean sheets in the 4 matches so far. At the same time, they do not create a lot of scoring chances of score enough goals. So outscoring the Koreans is out of question here. They have never won against Korea in all competitions and there will be a big physiological block.
Based on previous meetings between the two, Korea could be backed for a win. And this could be another high scoring match as seen in the previous home matches of Korea in the qualifiers.
South Korea vs Uzbekistan: Bet Tips
Korea to win and Over 2.5 goals at 2.87 (15/8)
Both Teams to Score at 2.10 (11/10).