Korea Republic vs Singapore Match Analysis & Prediction
16/11/2023 2:00 pm
South Korea play host to Singapore at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday looking to make a positive start to their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign.
While Singapore will be pleased to have come through a first-round tie, being drawn with their upcoming opponents, China and Thailand leaves them as minnows in Group C.
Since suffering a 4-1 defeat to Brazil in the World Cup last 16 at the end of last year, things have been far from plain sailing for South Korea.
A five-game winless run in friendly internationals followed that tournament, South Korea failing to get the better of the likes of Peru and El Salvador.
However, Jurgen Klinsmann is finally starting to see some progress from his players, picking up three successive victories since the middle of September.
Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Vietnam have each been beaten with clean sheets being posted in the process, the last game ending in a 6-0 scoreline.
South Korea are now on a five-game unbeaten streak ahead of a run of competitive matches through the World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup.
On the other hand, Singapore will enter this stage of qualifying on a high having beaten Guan in the first round, prevailing 3-1 on aggregate.
The Lions are now on a three-game winning run and have lost just once in their last eight matches, that loss coming at home to Tajikstan.
Singapore have already won as many matches in this qualifying campaign as they did in the 2022 equivalent, and Takayuki Nishagaya will at least want to better that in what is a tough group.
Korea Republic vs. Singapore Head to head
This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
16/11/2023Korea RepublicN/ASingaporeN/AAFC World Cup Qualifiers
Korea Republic Team News
Klinsmann could name much of the side that started the friendly against Tunisia with the added bonus of Son Heung-min leading the attack.
Kim Min-jae and Hwang Hee-chan – both in form for Bayern Munich and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively – should each start in central defence and on the left flank respectively.
Korea Republic's Last 5 Matches
20/06/2023Korea Republic1El Salvador1Friendlies
12/09/2023Saudi Arabia0Korea Republic1Friendlies
Singapore Team News
Nishagaya may see no reason to make changes to his Singapore starting lineup after they posted 2-1 and 1-0 victories over Guam.
However, the introduction of defensive-minded veteran Shahdan Sulaiman into the midfield cannot be ruled out, potentially forming a three-man midfield and one of the attacking trio from the last game dropping out.
Singapore's Last 5 Matches
12/10/2023Singapore2Guam1AFC World Cup Qualifiers
17/10/2023Guam0Singapore1AFC World Cup Qualifiers
Korea Republic vs. Singapore: Odds and Predictions
Handicap South Korea (-4.5): Yes
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