Iraq U20-South Korea U20 Betting Preview: Expect goals at both ends in a closely fought all-Asian quarter final

The shock quarter-finalists met in the final of last year's Asian Under-19 Championships, and Al Hain-Cole expects plenty of goals when they resume their rivalry
Having knocked out a highly-rated Colombia side in the last 16 of the Under-20 World Cup, South Korea’s reward is a quarter-final clash against fellow dark horses Iraq on Sunday.

Lee Kwang-Jong’s men conceded a last minute equaliser before overcoming the South Americans on penalties, and go into this match as slight 8/5 (2.60) favourites with bet365 to win inside 90 minutes.

Having topped England’s group with seven points from nine, the Young Lions of Mesopotamia secured an extra-time winner after a goalless knockout match against Paraguay, and are available at 17/10 (2.70) to continue their surprising run with victory in Kayseri.

Both sides have drawn two of their four fixtures in Turkey, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on this game remaining tied after normal time.

Hakeem Shaker’s men have already won many admirers as the tournament’s surprise package, and their attacking intent has been evident ever since they came from two goals down to draw against England in their opening match.

They continued in that vein for the rest of the group stage, scoring twice against Chile and Egypt respectively, before a defensive Paraguay side managed to keep them off the score sheet until extra-time.

However, they should be more than confident of hitting the net against a team who are yet to keep a clean sheet this tournament, and look set to provide an entertaining quarter- final.

A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in six of these sides’ eight games so far, and therefore offers solid value at 5/6 (1.83) when they come face to face.

Iraq actually qualified for this competition for only the second time in 12 editions after finishing as runners-up to South Korea in last year’s Asian Under-19 Championship, losing the final on penalties after conceding a last minute equaliser.

That was the second time in the tournament that these opponents could not be separated after 90 minutes, and with another closely fought game bound to be on the cards, odds of 10/3 (4.33) are not to be missed on them recording a score draw in this quarter-final.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365
Score draw at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365

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