Germany take on South Korea knowing a win will mean they progress to the last 16 although it will probably be in second place. However, the reigning champions won’t care about that as they were very close to exiting the competition until Toni Kroos’ dramatic last minute winner against Sweden last time out. They will now expect a more comfortable afternoon and will want to show the world why they are one of the favourites.
For South Korea, they have nothing to play for as they are already eliminated and will more than likely finish bottom barring a very surprising turn of events. So, it will just be playing for pride for the South Koreans but they have shown nothing in their first two games to suggest they will give the champions a game or a scare.
Here we will give you South Korea vs Germany betting tips, look at where the game will be won, the key players and a South Korea vs Germany prediction for the Group D encounter.
Our South Korea vs Germany Prediction: South Korea 0-3 Germany
Our South Korea vs Germany prediction tips is for an easy win for Joachim Low’s men who will want to ensure it is a far less dramatic match than last time out.
Germany have not shown anywhere near there best form in this tournament, deservedly losing against Mexico and then scraping a win with the last kick against Sweden. Whilst the manner of the win on Saturday is sure to give them a massive confidence boost, it can’t take away from the fact they haven’t played. However, that shouldn’t be an issue in Kazan.
Given the circumstances, South Korea will have nothing to lose and can play with freedom but they don’t have much to trouble Germany. Moving Heung-min Son to a central forward role gave them a lot more of a threat up top but they don’t have the players to provide for him against Germany.
Our recommended tip – Germany -1
Given all that, it’s hard to offer any hope for South Korea and a routine victory for Germany seems inevitable.
The Germans have little room for error and won’t be willing to take any chances against South Korea, so they could end up winning by a few goals. The -1, which means they need to win by two goals, seems a safe bet as Germany know a draw could see them eliminated. Expect a fast start and a lot of goals as the champions make sure there’s no drama.
The clash in Kazan will be the fourth meeting between the sides with Germany winning two and losing one of the previous encounters. That defeat came in a friendly, with the European side victorious in two World Cup clashes, back in ’94 and ’02.
As mentioned, South Korea have already exited the World Cup and haven’t really offered much. They try and play passing, progressive football but this is a limited side and they don’t have enough quality in key areas. Son showed the ability he has with his wondergoal against Mexico but he has been unable to get proper service from his teammates.
Germany have been surprisingly bad, with the way they have defended a huge concern. They are easy to counter attack against and have lost goals and chances through poor defending and a lack of proper pressing. Yet, that winning mentality meant they battled on with ten men agains Sweden and kept their World Cup hopes alive thanks to a 95th minute goal.
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Players to watch – Heung-min Son & Thomas Muller
If South Korea are to have any chance of pulling off a major shock, the Spurs forward will have to have the game of his life. As mentioned, Germany have been exploited on the break several times in the past two games and you can see Son getting chances given his pace, power and intelligent movement.
Several players have underperformed for Germany, with Bayern Munich’s Muller one who has particularly struggled. Given his mentality and ability, he is sure to keep his place and will want to get on the scoresheet against South Korea to kick start his own tournament as well as helping the team progress.