After a brilliant 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in the previous match, Mexico will try to beat South Korea on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, at Rostov Arena and get one step closer to the Round of 16. On the other side, South Korea desperately needs a positive result here after a 1-0 defeat against Sweden, so the bettors can expect a great battle and some attractive odds to bet on.
South Korea vs. Mexico
3-Way: 1: South Korea +650; X: +300 Draw; 2: Mexico -180 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread +1: South Korea -110; Mexico +100
Total +2.5: Over +106; Under -139
Recent Form and Team News
South Korea is already in a difficult situation in the Group F after a 1-0 defeat against Sweden in their opening match, and with an eventual loss against Mexico, the Reds could exit the tourney before the ultimate game of the group stage with Germany. The Reds have shown plenty of flaws in their play, particularly at the back, and without a reliable defense, you cannot expect a success at the FIFA World Cup. On the other hand, they couldn’t find the net in the third match straight.
On the other side, Mexico put on a fantastic performance against defending champions Germany to earn a fully-deserved 1-0 victory, although they were +650 underdogs against the heavyweight rival. El Tri has shown some brilliant tactical maneuvers, particularly in the defensive set up, while the Mexicans were a constant danger on the counter. The poor finishing job should be the only worry for the manager Juan Carlos Osorio, as his boys should have scored at least a couple of more. Interestingly, we haven’t seen both teams scoring in Mexico’s previous eight encounters.
Players to Watch
Tottenham’s forward Son Heung-Min had a solid game against Sweden, but the Reds need more from him. Likewise, the experienced midfielders Ki Sung-Yueng and Koo Ja-Cheol both will have to step up if they want anything from this match.
The 22-year old forward Hirving Lozano had a tremendous game against Germany, scoring the winning goal for his team, and he’s certainly determined to continue with strong displays. The striker Javier Hernandez is another player who could make some damage against fragile South Korea’s defense, as he’s a pure fox in the box.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- South Korea lost three out of their previous four games along with one draw
- South Korea couldn’t score for three games in a row
- South Korea is at +2200 to qualify for the Round of 16
- South Korea is a +1000 favorite to be the lowest scoring team in Russia
- Mexico has a 2-1-2 record with a 2:3 goal difference in the previous five matches
- No Both Teams to Score in the previous eight Mexico’s clashes
- Mexico is a +4000 underdog on BetDSI Sportsbook to win the title in Russia
- Mexico is at +225 to reach the Quarter-Finals
Both Mexico and South Korea possess a great pace, but the Mexicans are far more aggressive side than the Reds. Korea’s defense doesn’t look sturdy at all, and it could be a huge problem against Mexico’s high pressure, so I think the Reds will suffer in this match. Despite the fact that South Korea cannot afford a loss here, I don’t see how they could cope with El Tri at the back, so I’m backing Mexico to grab another win at the 2018 World Cup. Likewise, betting on the over 2.5 goals at +106 should be a good choice, as South Korea will have to push forward as the time goes on.
The Pick: Mexico AH -1 (+100)