Senegal vs South Korea
Competition: International friendly
Date: 11 June 2018
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
It’s… interesting/funny how a defeat may leave you with a better taste on your mouth than three draws in a row. Senegal faced Croatia in Osijek a few days ago, having drawn in their three previous friendly games, to Uzbekistan(!), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Luxembourg(!!). They lost 2-1 in Croatia, but they A) did take the lead and stayed in the game until the very end, B) lost to a very good team, who were playing at home. It was just their second defeat in their last 28(!!) games, starting in March 2016. All in all, they showed… pulse, unlike against Luxembourg, a week earlier. This is their last friendly game before flying to Russia, where they will be facing Poland, Japan, and Colombia, in the group stage.
South Korea are one of the not so few teams that are about to travel to Russia having left too-too much to desire in their pre-World Cup finals friendly games. They did beat Honduras 2-0 late May, but then they lost almost with their hands down to Bosnia and Herzegovina, another team (like Honduras) that won’t be in the finals, and if that weren’t enough to… spoil the mood, last Thursday they drew without goals when they faced minnows Bolivia. That win over Honduras is their only one in the last five friendly games, starting in March. It’s not just the poor results; it’s mostly that they haven’t looked like a proper team in their last games, with short exceptions.
Previous five matches:
Croatia vs Senegal 2-1
Luxembourg vs Senegal 0-0
Senegal vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0
Senegal vs Uzbekistan 1-1
Senegal vs South Africa 2-1
South Korea vs Bolivia 0-0
South Korea vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-3
South Korea vs Honduras 2-0
Poland vs South Korea 3-2
Northern Ireland vs South Korea 2-1
Senegal’s next game is versus Poland, on June 19. A day earlier, South Korea will have faced Sweden (both World Cup finals matches).
Senegal vs South Korea: Head to head Stats
Senegal and South Korea have met three times in the past, only in friendly games. Senegal won 1-0 in 2001, the 2006 encounter ended in a 1-1 draw, and the Koreans won 2-0 in 2009.
Senegal vs South Korea: Prediction
The game is held at a small stadium close to Salzburg, Austria. Senegal are considered favorites to win the game, but I wouldn’t risk betting on their victory alone, without the safety net of “draw no bet”.
Senegal vs South Korea: Betting Tips
As previously mentioned, I would bet on Senegal’s win, but preferably in “draw no bet”. The things is, like that, it pays just 1.44. I would either stick to that low 1.44, or go all in, and combine Senegal’s win with a clean sheet (3.10), making the risk really worth it.