Our prediction for this match:
Brazil will be looking to put the icing on the cake on a successful year when they take on Korea Republic in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday afternoon. The Selecao did remarkably well to win the Copa America trophy earlier this year, but they are now ready for new challenges. Even though PSG ace Neymar misses the Korea Republic friendly with injury, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the Selecao.
The Asian side, on the other hand, have been producing excellent performances in the World Cup qualifiers. A man to watch in the away team will be Tottenham winger Son, who is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition back-line. However, given the number of high-profile footballers in the South American side, we are tempted to put our money on Tite’s troops. When the two teams met in a friendly six years ago, Brazil defeated South Korea 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Willian):
Willian is a Brazilian football player who was born on 9 August, 1988 in Ribeirao Pires. After playing for Corinthians in the 2006/2007 season, in 2007 he joined Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. The pacey winger won four Ukrainian Premier League trophies with the Miners, while clinching the UEFA Cup title in 2009 as well.
During his spell with Shakhtar, Willian was on Chelsea’s radar and in 2013 the chiefs of the Premier League club agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian ace for a fee of £30 million. Willian won the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in the 2014/2015 season and the following season he was named Chelsea Player of the year.
The 30-year-old winger has 38 caps for Brazil and he has netted six goals for the national team. Speaking of his personal life, Willian is married to Vanessa Martins, who gave birth to their twin daughters Valentina and Manuella.
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.