Our prediction for this match:
Chile and South Korea only played twice head to head, with both nations winning once. The venue for this friendly will be the World Cup Stadium in Suwon. South Korea will be one of the nations to play in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup in January. Chile will be playing the Copa America next year. This game will serve as another test of their form ahead of the more competitive matches. Neither side can be happy with their current form. In the last 10 games both nations have suffered five losses and managed to win only three times. Of course, South Korea famously defeated Germany in the last World Cup game they played, while Chile beat Serbia and drew with Poland in the run-up to Russia. It’s tough to call this kind of game but we expect a lot of changes in the teams to test new players. The game has all the markings of a draw.
Highlighted Player (Heung-min Son):
Over the years Son Heung-min has established himself as one of the best Asian footballers. Son is a Tottenham Hotspur first-team regular and he played a very important role in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, scoring 12 goals, while making 37 appearances in the process. The South Korean footballer, who is well known for his speed and a very powerful shot, was born in Chuncheo on 8 July 1992 and he began his youth career at FC Seoul. In 2008 he moved to Hamburger SV, but he made his senior debut for the Bundesliga club two years later. In 2013 he signed a deal with fellow German side Bayer Leverkusen and he scored 21 goals in 62 appearances in the Bundesliga for the BayArena outfit. In 2015 he signed a five-year contract with Spurs for a fee of £22 million. Son Heung-min made his South Korea debut in a friendly against Syria in 2010.
Highlighted Team (Chile):
The Chilean Football Federation has been established in 1895 while Chile’s first-ever international game was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in 1910. The two countries formed a remarkable rivalry over the years and it was exactly against Argentina that Chile won their last major trophy – a 2015 Copa America title. Prior to their 2015 title Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four different occasions. Chile triumphed in a dramatic final on penalty kicks to reach their first tournament championship. In a symbolic turn of events, Chile start their 2016 Copa America Centenario with a rematch against Argentina. The most capped player of the Chile national team is Barcelona goalkeeper who has past his 100-match mark with the squad he has been a part of since 2004. Former Lazio and Juventus striker, the legendary Marcelo Salas is the leading scorer with 37 goals to his name. Key player to the current set up is Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez who has been the team’s leader on the pitch since 2006.