South Korea vs Brazil Prediction, Odds, Where to Bet
- Brazil are currently the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- South Korea are also preparing for the tournament in November and December
- Home advantage could aid South Korea but Brazil should prove too strong
South Korea vs Brazil Odds
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South Korea vs Brazil Pick
The Selecao should have too much quality going forward for South Korea, but the home team can find the net.
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Brazil, the Favorites, Out to End Long World Cup Drought
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Brazil’s last World Cup triumph, which is also the most recent victory for a South American nation. Western European sides have dominated the tournament, supplying four different winners in Italy (2006), Spain (2010), Germany (2014) and France (2018). Brazil has only reached one semi-final in the last four World Cups, and that was the scene of their most ignominious defeat in more than half a century: a 7-1 loss to Germany on home soil in 2014.
Brazil still produces world-class players on a regular basis, but in the last two decades, it has fallen behind Europe at the international level. At the 2022 World Cup later this year, the Selecao will be determined to add a sixth star to their jersey. We are still six months away from the tournament getting underway in Qatar, but Brazil are currently the favorites to lift the trophy.
In an ideal world, Tite’s side would be preparing for the big kick-off by testing themselves against the European powerhouses. But the introduction of the UEFA Nations League has made it more difficult for South American countries to organize friendlies against their counterparts from Europe. With the likes of Spain, England, France and Germany tied up, Brazil will instead face South Korea and Japan this month.
The Selecao breezed through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, finishing top of the 10-team table with 45 points from a possible 51 (in September, Brazil and Argentina will replay a qualifier that was abandoned last year). They scored 40 goals and conceded only five. There has been some disappointment of late, not least their defeat by Argentina in the final of the 2021 Copa America, but Brazil looks to be in excellent shape right now.
South Korea Looking To Break Through World Cup Wall
The 2002 World Cup that Brazil won was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. And just as the competition is fondly remembered by Brazilians everywhere, the same is true for Koreans. Guus Hiddink’s side were one of the surprise packages of that World Cup (along with Turkey), reaching the semi-finals and only narrowly losing to Germany.
That was the first time the Taeguk Warriors had even reached the knockout phase of the tournament. Unfortunately for them, they have only been back on one occasion since. Indeed, seven of South Korea’s nine appearances at the World Cup have ended in the group stage. That is a record they will be desperate to improve upon, starting in Qatar later this year.
South Korea, who submitted a bid to host the upcoming tournament, have been drawn in one of the more open groups alongside Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana. The European and South American representatives will be the favorites to advance, but no one will take South Korea lightly. In Son Heung-min they have one of the best forwards on the planet, while they only conceded three goals in 10 qualifiers.
The main concern around the national team is who will score the goals if Son does not. If South Korea are to reach the knockout stage for only the third time, they will need the likes of Cho Gue-sung, Hwang Ui-jo and Hwang Hee-chan to step up.
Entertaining Game in Store but Brazil Should Prove Too Strong
International friendlies can be tough to predict because, unlike competitive matches, the result is not everything. Managers often use these games as an opportunity to experiment, and they will not be altogether unhappy if their team delivers a strong performance but does not necessarily emerge victorious. That will certainly be the case for South Korea, whose manager Paulo Bento will be looking to see how his players respond to the challenge of facing one of the best teams in the world.
South Korea have home advantage to call upon, with this game taking place at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Son is in the form of his life, having recently won a share of the Premier League’s top scorer award alongside Mohamed Salah. In front of what will surely be a capacity crowd in the capital, South Korea should at least get on the scoresheet.
Avoiding defeat will be difficult, though. Even without Alisson Becker, Vinicius Junior, Fabinho, Eder Militao, Casemiro and Rodrygo, all of whom were involved in the Champions League final at the weekend and ae unlikely to play here, Brazil have an abundance of quality right across the pitch. Back Tite’s side to win a game featuring goals at both ends.
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How to Watch South Korea vs Brazil
|South Korea vs Brazil Information|
|Teams||South Korea vs Brazil|
|Location||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea|
|Time||Thursday, 2 June 2022, 7.00 AM EDT|
|How to watch||beIN Sports|