South Korea Women vs Italy Women Match Analysis & Prediction
22/02/2023 7:45 pm
South Korea Women will face Italy Women in the final round of Arnold Clark Cup fixtures on Wednesday at Ashton Gate.
After losing their previous two matches, both South Korea and Italy will be looking to claim their first points of the invitational tournament.
South Korea begin their Arnold Clark Cup campaign with a disappointing 4-0 defeat to European champions England, then attempted to bounce back against Belgium on Sunday.
Things were going according to plan for Colin Bell’s side when Lee Geum-min opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but they were unable to hold firm until the break as Tessa Wullaert equalised in first-half stoppage time before a 68th-minute goal from Tine de Caigny condemned South Korea to a 2-1 defeat.
South Korea currently sit bottom of the standings on goal difference, but they will finish the Arnold Clark Cup in third place with a win over Italy.
Having conceded at least two goals in their first two matches of the invitational tournament, Bell’s side need to improve defensively if they are to claim three points on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Italy have suffered five consecutive defeats across all internationals after losing both of their Arnold Clark Cup matches by a 2-1 scoreline.
They looked set to claim a point from their opening game against Belgium until Wullaert scored a 90th-minute winner to leave them empty-handed.
In Sunday’s encounter with a much-changed England side, Italy trailed at half time following Rachel Daly’s 32nd-minute opener. Just after the hour mark, Sofia Cantore scored her first international goal to level the scoreline, but Daly scored her second goal to secure a 2-1 victory for the Lionesses, leaving Milena Bertolini’s side without a point after two games.
While a draw would keep Italy above South Korea, Bertolini will be desperate for her side to claim their first victory since September, as they look to build confidence ahead of the World Cup later this year.
South Korea Women vs. Italy Women Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasions in the Cyprus Women’s Cup, where Italy won both matches.
13/03/2013Korea Republic0Italy1Cyprus Women's Cup
04/03/2015Korea Republic1Italy2Cyprus Women's Cup
22/02/2023Korea RepublicN/AItalyN/AArnold Clark Cup
South Korea Women Team News
Shim Seo-yeon came into the side for Sunday’s meeting with Belgium, and she is expected to retain her place in the back three alongside Lim Seon-joo and Kim Hye-ri.
Ji So-yun, who is both the all-time appearance holder and top goal scorer of the South Korea women’s national team, is expected to feature here after being brought into the starting XI against Belgium.
South Korea Women's Last 5 Matches
03/09/2022Korea Republic1Jamaica0Friendlies Women
12/11/2022New Zealand0Korea Republic1Friendlies Women
15/11/2022New Zealand1Korea Republic1Friendlies Women
16/02/2023England4Korea Republic0Arnold Clark Cup
19/02/2023Belgium2Korea Republic1Arnold Clark Cup
Italy Women Team News
Italy made eight changes to their side for Sunday’s defeat to England and Bertolini could still be tempted to make a couple of alterations.
After coming off the bench to score against England, Sofia Cantore may feature in the starting lineup, and there could also be a spot for Juventus midfielder Arianna Caruso.
Italy Women 's Last 5 Matches
15/11/2022Northen Ireland1Italy0Friendlies Women
16/02/2023Italy1Belgium2Arnold Clark Cup
19/02/2023England2Italy1Arnold Clark Cup
South Korea Women vs. Italy Women : Odds and Predictions
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