Qatar vs South Korea
World Cup Qualifiers – Asia
Date: Tuesday, 13th June 2017
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (Doha).
The 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar will not appear in the 2018 edition in Russia. The team is at the foot of Group A with a massive 8 point gap with the third placed Uzbekistan.
For South Korea, this is a key fixture as they must win to get away from Uzbekistan in the race for second spot in the table. Also, the group leaders Iran is just 4 points ahead, which means they are in with a mathematical chance to win the group depending upon results elsewhere.
Qatar had so far failed to make the home advantage count as they managed just 1 win from their 3 matches at Doha, while losing in the remaining two.
South Korea do come with some troubles in away games. They were beaten 1-0 by China in their latest away trip to leave them win-less in 3 away matches in the campaign so far. They lost to Iran and blanked in the draw against Syria in previous two trips.
Qatar vs South Korea: Head-to-head
South Korea haven’t lost to Qatar since the narrow 1-0 defeat during the 1994 Asia Cup. They can boast of a six match unbeaten streak with 4 wins and 2 draws in it.
The Koreans defeated Qatar 4-1 in their latest trip to Doha, in the same stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. They also won the home leg 2-1 and combined this with this editions 3-2 win from home leg makes it three wins on the bounce for the Koreans in competitive games against Qatar.
Qatar vs South Korea: Prediction
It has been proved from time and time that Korea will struggle against well organized defensive teams in away trips. They do not have the fluidity in overall play like they once used to have. For sure, they have some talented personals in the squad, but often fails in the big stage.
Qatar have a real chance to mount a big upset here. Buoyed by a noisy home crowd, the 2022 World Cup hosts are poised to get at least a point from this game.
Qatar vs South Korea: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Qatar or Draw at 2.05 by Bet365
Over 2.5 goals at 2.25 by Betfair.