South Korea vs China
Asia- AFC Asian Cup.
Date: Wednesday, 16th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: Al Nahyan Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
The Koreans will want to go into the knockout stages being group champions. They will face China in their third game of the Cup on Wednesday with that goal in mind.
Koreans shook the world by knocking out Germany from the World Cup held in Russia last summer. They have not lost a game since that historic victory over the then world champions. The two time Asian Champions have won both their matches in the group and are on 6 points along with China. The Chinese have the advantage of goal difference over the South Koreans.
Manager Paulo Bento has immense pressure on himself as his side is considered to be one of the favorites to win the cup. But from the opening performances, they are not looking fluent as they were in the World Cup. So he has some work to do when his side reaches the knockout stages.
The Chinese are also on a 2 match win streak in the Cup. This is their 13th appearance in Asia’s biggest international tournament and their previous best was being runners-up in 1984 and 2004. Marcelo Lippi’s team are looking to better that feat this time around and they started well too.
The last match saw them win over the Philippines quite comfortable. With more ball possession and shots on target, they dominated the small nation and went on to win the match in a prime fashion. The final score in that game was 3-0. Their first group game was a 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan.
With two of the best teams in the group playing each other, we can expect a great match on Wednesday.
South Korea vs China: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Koreans have won twice and lost only once in their last 5 meetings against the Chinese.
- Less than 2.5 goals were scored in total in 3 of their last 5 h2h matches played across all venues.
- Currently, China is on a 2 match unbeaten run in this fixture.
South Korea vs China: Prediction
Both these sides are on terrific form in the Cup-winning both their group games. So it is pretty hard to pick up a winner among these two. But the Koreans have had more experiences after playing the World Cup. Also, they have kept a clean sheet in both their games so far as well. So we can expect South Korea to win and bet on the same with 1.62 odds.
The Dragons have scored 5 goals in both their matches. But they could not keep a clean sheet against Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Koreans scored only 2 in total and kept a clean sheet. Since Chinese are in red hot form in terms of goal scoring, we can bet on both teams to find the net with 1.62 odds.
South Korea vs China: Betting Tips
Both teams to score @ 2.25 (5/4).
South Korea to win @ 1.62 (5/8).