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  • October 7, 2011
  • • 12:00
  • • Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
  • Referee: Nawaf Shukralla
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International Friendly Preview: South Korea v Poland

International Friendly Preview: South Korea v Poland

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTH KOREA
Portugal
Jung SR
Choi HJ, Lee JS, Hong JH, Kim YK
Ki SR, Koo JC, Lee YR
Ji DW, Lee DG, Park CY

POLAND

Iceland
Fabianski
Perquis, Wasilewski, Jodlowiec, Wawryzniak
Blaszczykowski, Dudka, Murawski, Peszko
Mierzejewski, Lewandowski

Korea coach Cho Kwang-Rae has a strong squad to call upon after injuries ravaged his side in recent other friendlies although set to try a 4-3-3 system. The Taeguk Warriors are likely to field Arsenal's Park Chu-Young up front despite his lack of club action, although 32-year-old Lee Dong-Gook has been recalled having not played since the 2010 World Cup and could get a run after some fine domestic form.

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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Players to watch

Sung-Yong Ki

Position: Midfielder

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R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Korea Republic

Poland

Wins
1
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Korea Republic KOR
Korea Republic Korea Republic
Draw
Poland POL
Poland Poland
44%
27%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

Korea Republic KOR
1 - 1
Poland POL
Korea Republic KOR
2 - 1
Poland POL
Korea Republic KOR
2 - 0
Poland POL

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