South Korea vs Chile
Date: Tuesday, 10th September 2018
Kick-off at 12:00 UK/ 13:00 CET
Venue: Busan Asiad Main Stadium.
South Korea dominated the proceedings against Costa Rica last Friday and bagged a convincing 2-0 win. A better test is on the cards when they welcome Chile this Tuesday, with the South Americans looking to rebuild for World Cup 2022.
The Taegeuk Warriors finished at the bottom of their group at World Cup 2018, however this was no surprise since the other teams in the pool were Mexico, Sweden and then defending champions Germany. Yet, they team bowed off in stunning fashion with a 2-0 win over the Germans.
Things have changed for South Korean team in this short span with the board roping in Paulo Bento as their new head-coach. The Portuguese tactician was under the radar for past few years, still hold a brilliant CV as he guided his homeland to 2012 Euro and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Chile missed to qualify for last World Cup, but they are in right direction to mount a challenge for next year’s competition. The head-coach Reinaldo Rueda lost just 1 of the 5 matches since taking over in March this year.
This will be Chile’s first match in over three months. They were scheduled to play Japan last week, however the fixture was cancelled. Also, the team is without 8 players who played in the team’s last friendly, 2-2 draw against Poland in June.
For Manchester United fans, Alexis Sanchez is not in the squad as he is still working his way to full match fitness.
The Korean side also have a bunch of new players, a majority of those playing in the K-League. However, Son Heung-min is available for selection and we have already seen him missing a penalty in the 2-0 rout of Costa Rica.
South Korea vs Chile Head-to-head
The teams are only meeting for the second time in a long span of time. Their last meeting was 10 years ago and the match ended in a 1-0 win for the South Americans.
South Korea vs Chile Prediction
Both teams are missing several regular faces and this is why I see a big uncertainty in terms of full-term result.
South Korea used to play with a defensive mentality, however the tactics seem to have changed under Paulo Bento. The team ended up with 66% ball possession last Friday and made 14 attempts on goal.
Chile are traditionally an attacking oriented side and they are continuing the same under Reinaldo Rueda. However, their defense still look fragile as it used to, they conceded 7 goals in the last 5 friendlies.
This is why I am looking at btts as my primary bet for this friendly game between South Korea and Chile. The teams are not under pressure for a result here, thus they are able to play a free flowing football and the relatively new head-coaches can use this to test a few new tactics.
South Korea vs Chile Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 10/11 (1.91).