Kick-off: 1200, 31/07/2021
Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama
South Korea and Mexico have both done well at recent Olympics and again impressed during the group stage of this summer’s tournament.
All the signs are that a cracking quarter-final is on the cards in Yokohama and the feeling is that this tie could go to extra time at least.
Punters can get 9/4 for a draw at the end of regulation play and that is our first South Korea vs Mexico prediction.
A Look At South Korea’s Betting Odds
South Korea suffered a surprise loss to Honduras at this stage in Rio but had previously finished a fine third in London.
This time around, they got off to a shaky start when beaten 1-0 by New Zealand but responded with a couple of emphatic victories.
Kim Hak-bum’s side hammered Romania 4-0 in Kashima before romping to a 6-0 demolition of Honduras at this venue.
Bordeaux forward Hwang Ui-jo was the star of the last game with a hat-trick while Valencia playmaker Lee Kang-in netted in both matches.
This is a side which embraces the national team’s tradition of playing with energy and enthusiasm, plus they have a real cutting edge up front.
Looking at the 10/3 for the extra risk of siding with a score draw.
A Look At Mexico’s Betting Odds
Mexico, who struck gold at London 2012, kicked off their Group A campaign with an eye-catching 4-1 triumph over France, with all of the goals coming in the second half.
A 2-1 loss to Japan brought El Tri back down to earth but spirits were raised again by a 3-0 success versus South Africa.
Alexis Vega hit the target in each of those victories and has been capped eight times at senior level.
Real Betis winger Diego Lanez is another player to watch out for, with the 21-year-old already having made 14 international appearances for El Tri.
Veteran keeper Guillermo Ochoa, who has more than a century of caps at the age of 36, provides a steadying influence in the camp.
These are two attractive sides to watch and are playing with confidence, so 10/3 for both teams to score in the first half is rated fair value in our South Korea vs Mexico betting tips.
SOUTH KOREA 6-0 Mexico – Hwang Ui-jo (3), Won Du-jae, Kim Jin-ya, Lee Kang-in
South Africa 0-3 MEXICO – Vega, Romo, Martin
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