South Korea vs Ghana prediction
Two nations that should play with little caution on Monday as Ghana were beaten in their opener whilst South Korea were held by one of the poorest performers from the opening round of games at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ghana were very entertaining despite their 2-3 defeat to Portugal. In fact, very unlucky too. I am not convinced the European nation should have had a penalty at 0-0 from which Cristiano Ronaldo won and converted. Then, deep into stoppage time, Inaki Williams missed an open goal to equalise after taking the ball off the feet of goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
South Korea had been held to a 0-0 draw by Uruguay earlier in the day, but coach Paulo Bento could end regretting the missed opportunities to take all three points. The South American opposition looked really poor in both their ageing defence and going forward. Luis Suarez looked completely off the pace for example.
When these two go head-to-head at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, South Korea may feel more pressure to win as they still have Portugal to play, but Ghana themselves may not be able to afford losing twice. It makes for a highly-anticipated game.
I like Ghana’s options in attack against this defence – Williams and Andre Ayew. Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus looked very good behind them in their opener and could play a key role in their final two group games if they’re to progress. Defensively, they held out Portugal for 65 minutes and even then it was a controversial penalty that was their undoing. Mohammed Salisu, usually a solid defender, did fall for Ronaldo’s bait. Otherwise, I rate the Southampton defender. Thomas Partey has been excellent in protecting the Arsenal defence and starting attacks this season.
South Korea do have Heung-min Son in attack, but the 30-year-old failed to impress in their opener and has struggled for Tottenham Hotspur this season. However, you can never count him out.
I think there will be a few goals and a winner in this game, and I’m favouring Ghana to come out on top.
Value bet: Ghana to win is 7/4 with BetFred