Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
South Korea will be aiming to cement top position in Group 8 when they take on Sri Lanka at Goyang Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Koreans faced no difficulties in a 5-0 crushing of Turkmenistan, and they are seen as favourites to win their last group game as well. Despite failing to find the net in the victory over Turkmenistan, Tottenham superstar Heung-Min Son will be the man to watch in the away team.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their five group games, and they face yet another uphill task in Wednesday’s clash. David faces Goliath in Goyang, meaning that anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. When the two national team met in Hwaseong earlier in the process South Korea crushed Sri Lanka 8-0, which is yet another reason why we predict that Paulo Bento’s troops are going to pick up all three points from the match.
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 (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.