International Friendly Preview: South Korea v Poland
The Taeguk Warriors entertain Franciszek Smuda's White Eagles at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in a friendly on Friday ahead of their World Cup qualifier against UAE
By Ben Somerford
Choi HJ, Lee JS, Hong JH, Kim YK
Ki SR, Koo JC, Lee YR
Ji DW, Lee DG, Park CY
Perquis, Wasilewski, Jodlowiec, Wawryzniak
Blaszczykowski, Dudka, Murawski, Peszko
The Koreans have lost Cha Du-Ri (hamstring) and Kim Bo-Kyung (facial fracture), with the former's absence creating a problem at full-back meaning youngsters Hong Chul or Kim Young-Kwon could get a chance.
Poland head for Korea without Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who has pulled out of the squad due to a back injury, while Trabzonspor defender Arkadiusz Głowacki is suspended. Coach Franciszek Smuda, along with skipper Jakob Blaszczykowski and striker Pawel Brozek arrived in Korea on Thursday, a day after the rest of the team, after their flight from Krakow to Frankfurt was delayed, which was hardly the ideal preparation.
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- South Korea have won their past four home matches including victories over 2010 World Cup competitors Honduras, Serbia and Ghana.
- Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young has scored four goals in his Korea's past two international matches, both 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
- These two nations were grouped against each other in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, with the Taeguk Warriors winning their match 2-0 in Busan.
- Poland, the 2012 European Championships co-hosts, have beaten just twice in their past 13 international matches. The streak includes wins over Argentina and Cote d'Ivoire.
- In Poland's last match, they drew 2-2 with neighbours Germany in Gdansk.
- The White Eagles last trip to Asia occurred in January 2010 in Thailand, when they won 3-1 against their hosts and 6-1 over Singapore.
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Top 3 Predictions
South Korea 1-1 Poland
- 25.87 %
South Korea 2-1 Poland
- 13.29 %
South Korea 2-0 Poland
- 11.89 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||Oct 7, 2011||South Korea 2 - Poland 2|
|Mar 5, 2014||Greece 0 - South Korea 2||FR|
|Feb 1, 2014||United States 2 - South Korea 0||FR|
|Jan 30, 2014||Mexico 4 - South Korea 0||FR|
|Jan 26, 2014||Costa Rica 0 - South Korea 1||FR|
|Nov 19, 2013||Russia 2 - South Korea 1||FR|
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