Our prediction for this match:
Australia and Korea Republic face each other for the first time since 2015 when they met at the Asian Cup. Back then the Socceroos defeated the Koreans after extra-time, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge. Australia head into Saturday’s football game following a 4-0 victory over Kuwait, in which Tom Rogic scored his seventh goal for the national team. The Celtic attacking midfielder is likely to start against Korea Republic and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Seeing that the visitors will be without Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son, we are positive that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in the Suncorp Stadium clash. Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is considered one of best playmakers in the Premier League, will pose a big threat for Korea defenders as well.
Highlighted Player (Mathew Leckie):
Mathew Leckie is an Australian footballer who plays for Koln as a striker. Leckie was born on 4 February, 1991 in Melbourne and he started his youth career at Bulleen Lions. He made 37 league appearances for the Lions at senior level, scoring 15 goals for the club.
In 2009 he joined fellow Australian outfit Adelaide United and he netted eight goals in 35 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2011. In 2011 he decided to move to Europe as he signed a contract with Bundesliga side Borussia M’gladbach. He scored first goal for the club in a 5-2 win over Aberdeen (friendly) on 9 July, 2011. In 2013 he joined FSV Frankfurt and he played 31 games for the club in the 2. Bundesliga.
On 7 May, 2014 he signed a three-year deal with Ingolstadt and he has been playing for die Schanzer ever since. Matthew Leckie has 13 caps for Australia U-20 and he made his debut for the senior team on 14 November, 2012 in a friendly against Republic of Korea. The 181-cm-tall attacker, who is capable as playing as a winger as well, has a contract with Ingolstadt which expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (South Korea):
Over the years South Korea have established themselves as one the best Asian national football teams. Back in 1954 the Reds qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time ever, but then they missed the next seven major tournaments (1958 Sweden, 1962 Chile, 1966 England, 1970 Mexico, 1974 Germany, Argentina 1978 and 1982 Spain).
South Korea then qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the prestigious tournament. The Koreans recorded their best result at the World Cup finals in 2002, when they co-hosted the showpiece tournament with Japan. By beating Italy and Spain in the knockout stages South Korea set up a meeting with Germany in the semis, but they failed to claim yet another major scalp.
To make things even worse for the hosts, Guus Hiddink’s troops were beaten by Turkey (2-3) in the third-place play-off. South Korea footballers wear red shirts, blue shorts and red socks when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is white.