Sweden v South Korea Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions
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Our tipster is backing Janne Andersson's side to get their World Cup campaign off to a perfect start in Monday's opening match from World Cup Group F

Sweden will hope to get their World Cup campaign off to a superb start when they meet South Korea on Monday.

Janne Andersson's side are at the finals for the first time since 2006 after coming through a nerve-shredding play-off against four-time champions Italy in November.

Latest odds

Drawn alongside Germany and Mexico in Group F, both nations will be acutely aware of the importance of this fixture.

William Hill go 21/20 (2.05) that Sweden open their campaign with a win, while the same firm go 21/10 (3.10) that the match ends in stalemate.

South Korea are World Cup stalwarts, having last failed to qualify in 1982, but their recent record is particularly poor, for they have failed to win any of their last six matches at the finals.

Heung-Min Son South Korea 2018

William Hill go 29/10 (3.90) that the Koreans kick off their campaign in Russia with victory.

Team news

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic absent from the Swedish squad at a major championships for the first time in 18 years, Andersson's men will be heavily reliant of Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg to get amongst the goals in Russia.

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min is Korea's key man in attack and Shin Tae-Yong will also look for big performances from Ki Sung-Yueng and Hwang Hee-Chan as they look to emulate their fourth-place finish in 2002.

Tight tussle?

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Eight of Sweden's last nine matches has seen fewer than three goals scored and William Hill offer 8/15 (1.53) that the trend continues here.

South Korea have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five victories and William Hill go 9/2 (5.50) that Tae-Yong's charges win Monday's match without conceding - Sweden have failed to score in their last three matches.

Predictions:

Sweden have lost just one of their last nine World Cup matches inside normal time, while South Korea have come out on top in just one of their last nine fixtures at the finals.

Andersson's side could enjoy a dream start here and William Hill's 21/20 (2.05) quote for a Swedish success against South Korea may prove popular with punters.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Sweden to win at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2pt stake with William Hill

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Sweden

form

All
GRE 2 - 1 SWE
L
SWE 2 - 1 UZB
W
SWE 2 - 1 ESP
W
SWE 1 - 2 UKR
L
SWE 3 - 2 POL
W
SWE 1 - 0 SVK
W
ESP 0 - 0 SWE
D
RKS 0 - 3 SWE
W
FRA 4 - 2 SWE
L
DEN 2 - 0 SWE
L
Korea Republic

form

All
KOR 1 - 0 LIB
W
KOR 0 - 0 IRQ
D
KOR 2 - 1 LIB
W
SRI 0 - 5 KOR
W
KOR 5 - 0 TKM
W
JPN 3 - 0 KOR
L
KOR 2 - 1 QAT
W
MEX 3 - 2 KOR
L
Head to Head
4 Matches (2 Draws)
2 Total wins 0
1 Home wins 0
1 Away wins 0
Last 5 Matches
2 Wins
2 Draw
0 Wins
SWE 1 - 0 KOR
KOR 2 - 2 SWE
SWE 1 - 1 KOR
KOR 0 - 2 SWE
6 Goals Scored 3
Games Over 2.5 Goals 1 / 4
Both Teams Scored 2 / 4
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Match Facts

  1. Sweden are unbeaten in their four previous head-to-heads against South Korea (W2 D2). It’s their first encounter at the World Cup.
  2. Sweden’s joint-biggest win was a 12-0 victory against South Korea in the 1948 Olympic Games.
  3. Sweden have qualified for their 12th World Cup – their first since 2006 – knocking out Italy in the play-offs.
  4. Since finishing as runners-up on home soil in 1958, Sweden have progressed past the second round of the World Cup only once, it was in 1994 when they finished third.
  5. Sweden are unbeaten in their last nine group games at the World Cup (W3 D6), their last defeat in the first round of the competition dating back to 20 June 1990 (1-2 v Costa Rica).
  6. Sweden have kept only three clean sheets in their last 24 games at the World Cup.
  7. Sweden have won none of their last seven opening games at the World Cup (D5 L2), their last victory dating back to 1958, on home soil (3-0 v Mexico). Meanwhile, South Korea are unbeaten in their last four openers (W3 D1).
  8. South Korea have qualified for the World Cup for the 10th time, more than any other Asian team. They haven’t missed an edition of the finals since 1986.
  9. South Korea have won only one of their last nine World Cup games (D3 L5) - it was in their opening match of the 2010 edition against Greece (2-0). That win is also their only clean sheet in their last 12 matches in the competition.
  10. Five of South Korea’s last eight goals at the World Cup have been scored from outside the box. Also, 12 of South Korea’s last 13 goals in the competition have come after half-time.
  11. This will be Janne Andersson’s first major tournament as manager. He’ll attempt to become the first Sweden boss to take his team past the round of 16 since Tommy Svensson in 1994.
  12. Shin Tae-Yong is entering his first World Cup as a manager, while his two matches in charge of South Korea in the qualifiers produced two goalless draws (v Iran and Uzbekistan).
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