Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Sweden and South Korea have both struggled to find the net in Russia 2018 warm-up games and we’re expecting a cagey contest when they meet in Group F.
The Scandinavians showed plenty of resilience in qualifying for their first World Cup in 12 years and are much stronger at the back than going forward.
South Korea head into the tournament in indifferent form as they aim to emulate reaching the last 16 eight years ago, following an early exit in Brazil.
This promises to be a tight affair and 11/5 for a draw is the first of our Sweden vs South Korea betting tips.
A Look At Sweden’s Betting Odds
Sweden finished above Holland when second to France in their group, before denying Italy a World Cup spot with a 1-0 aggregate play-off victory.
The Swedes scored 27 times in 12 qualifiers, despite the retirement of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the goals have dried up in recent friendlies.
This month’s 0-0 stalemates against Denmark in Solna and Peru in Gothenburg highlight where their strength lies.
Centre-half Victor Lindelof has grown in stature at Manchester United since overcoming a shaky start to his Old Trafford career.
Celtic’s Mikael Lustig, captain Andreas Granqvist and Martin Olsson of Swansea are proven defenders with plenty of experience.
A Look At South Korea’s Betting Odds
South Korea limped over the finishing line in a moderate Asian qualifying group, taking just two points from their last three matches to end up seven behind table toppers Iran.
Their patchy form has continued since then in international friendlies, with just one win over Honduras coming from the last six such fixtures.
With losses to Northern Ireland, Poland, Bosnia and Senegal rocking the confidence of Shin Tae-yong’s side, the nerves will be jangling here.
However, the Taegeuk Warriors do have Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, who bagged seven goals in qualifying and never gives anything less than 100 per cent.
The 25-year-old is their main threat and may be worth a nibble at 6/1 to break the deadlock in our Sweden vs South Korea betting predictions.
Group F Standings