Saudi Arabia vs Korea Republic Match Analysis & Prediction
12/09/2023 7:30 pm
Saudi Arabia will be looking to end their five-game losing streak when they face South Korea in an international friendly at St James’ Park on Tuesday.
The Green Falcons are now looking to make a statement on the international scene, having recently appointed Roberto Mancini as manager.
Saudi Arabia have lost their last five matches across all competitions, crashing out of the Gulf Cup of Nations through a 2-1 defeat to Oman back in January, following a 2-0 loss against Iraq.
Their poor form has continued into their friendly matches, losing 2-1 to Venezuela and Bolivia in March, before putting in a disappointing performance against Costa Rica at St James Park last time out.
Mancini’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat, recording just two shots on target in the entire game, and they will be hoping to bounce back with a victory at the home of Newcastle United on Tuesday.
South Korea have also struggled in a number of their recent friendlies, losing two and drawing three of their last five matches, following their round-of-16 World Cup exit.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side have scored just one goal in their last three matches, with that coming in a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to El Salvador back in June, and they were also unable to get a win on the board against Wales last time out.
The Tigers of Asia had the majority of the possession, but they crafted very few clear-cut opportunities, recording just one shot on target in the entire game.
However, history suggests South Korea should stand a better chance on Tuesday, considering they have won two and drawn two of their last four encounters with Saudi Arabia, keeping clean sheets in all four games.
Saudi Arabia vs. Korea Republic Head to head
In the seven previous meetings between these two teams, they have claimed two victories apiece while drawing in three.
11/07/2007Korea Republic1Saudi Arabia1AFC Asian Cup
19/11/2008Saudi Arabia0Korea Republic2AFC World Cup Qualifiers
10/06/2009Korea Republic0Saudi Arabia0AFC World Cup Qualifiers
04/01/2015Saudi Arabia0Korea Republic2Friendlies
31/12/2018Korea Republic0Saudi Arabia0Friendlies
Saudi Arabia Team News
Mancini may make a couple of changes to his side, with Abdullah Al-Hamdan replacing Abdulrahman Ghareeb at right-wing, having been utilised as a substitute in the last game.
The manager may not tinker with his side too much, but Fahad Al-Muwallad is an option at left-wing, and could replace Salem Al-Dawsari.
Saudi Arabia's Last 5 Matches
09/01/2023Saudi Arabia0Iraq2Gulf Cup of Nations
12/01/2023Saudi Arabia1Oman2Gulf Cup of Nations
08/09/2023Saudi Arabia1Costa Rica3Friendlies
Korea Republic Team News
Klinsmann may alter his attack, with Hwang Hee-chan potentially replacing Gue-sung Cho, in waht should be a 4-4-2 formation.
Tottenham Hotspur captain Heung-min Son is likely to be Hwang’s partner in attack, fresh off the back of scoring a hat-trick against Burnley in his most recent Premier League match.
Korea Republic's Last 5 Matches
20/06/2023Korea Republic1El Salvador1Friendlies
Saudi Arabia vs. Korea Republic: Odds and Predictions
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