Brazil v South Korea: Big guns ready to return
Brazil v South Korea betting odds, tips and predictions
Brazil and South Korea meet in the round of 16 having taken very different paths through Groups G and H respectively at the World Cup 2022.
While Brazil had qualification sewn up with a match to spare, South Korea were heading out until scoring an added-time winner against Portugal, which was also the first time they led in a game.
Monday’s match at Stadium 974 kicks off at 7pm and is live on ITV.
Brazil stars well rested
Brazil’s big guns will return as they enter the knockout stage after coach Tite made nine changes for Friday’s 1-0 defeat against Cameroon.
Having beaten Serbia 2-0 and Switzerland 1-0, Tite had the luxury of resting his main men but did not downplay Friday’s result.
“We feel the loss and we must feel the loss when we lose,” he said. “As we won the first two matches it gives you a second chance but usually in the World Cup that is not the case.
“The Brazilian coach who lost to the first African team, that is now in my history. We have to suffer for 24 hours and then we have to start getting ready.”
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus was injured in that game and will miss the rest of the World Cup but Neymar returned to training on Saturday and could be involved.
That would be a major boost but it is in defence where Brazil have been most impressive, having not faced a shot on target in the first two games.
Target practice needed
Both teams have shown attacking intent so far, ranking in the top five for shots on goal during the group stage, but neither has taken advantage of their opportunities.
Brazil have converted just three of 52 efforts (6 per cent), while South Korea have scored four from 39 attempts (10 per cent).
Expect plenty of crosses in this game, with South Korea (78) racking up more than anyone else in the group stage and Brazil (73) not far behind.
ON THE COUNTER ATTACK!
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Brazil have not quite hit top gear yet though and South Korea were perhaps fortunate to face a Portugal team already through to the last 16 when they came from behind to claim their vital victory, which they are 11/1 to repeat in 90 minutes.
The South Americans may settle for doing just enough to get the job done and a win with under 3.5 total goals looks a solid pick at 10/11 for our Brazil v South Korea betting tips.
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