Tae-Yong Shin has worked wonders with his side in recent years, the South Korea boss leading his men to triumphs in both the 2016 Olympic Games and the U20 World Cup the following year, the latter seeing them win their opening two matches against Fiji (8-0) and Guinea (3-0). As such, he will be only too aware of the importance of getting off the blocks quickly and he will look to get off to a quick start when his side enter the fray at the 2018 World Cup on Monday.
All eyes will be on Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-min Son, the forward looking to help steer his side in the direction of the last-sixteen. Nevertheless he isn’t the only Premier League player in the South Korea ranks with captain Sung-yueng Ki having just left newly-relegated Swansea City.
South Korea are outsiders to win their opening World Cup match although you can grab yourself some great value thanks to the many free bets on offer from the bookies.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered to come out of international retirement and play a part in Sweden’s World Cup campaign, however Janne Andersson decided not to take him up on this with the coach clearly confident that he can do without his services. In all honesty, the Swedes did well without their former talisman in their qualifying campaign and they are favourites to win their opening match on Monday. Nevertheless as mentioned above, the South Koreans will be looking to be fast off the mark and they will certainly prove a tough nut to crack.
With Sweden solid defensively, this match has all the makings of a draw and we’re not expecting too many goals along the way. That’s not to say that it will be a dull affair by any means although we’ll be siding with the spoils being shared on Monday with BetVictor Bookies going 11/5 on a draw.