Kyrgyzstan vs South Korea
Competition: AFC Asian Cup
Date: 11 January 2019
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
Goalkeepers make mistakes, all players make mistakes, but some are really-really difficult to explain… In Pavel Matiash, Kyrgyzstan have a 1.97m tall keeper, who, the other day, in their game against China, was the tallest man on the pitch. Yet, he made a more than… amateur mistake in the 50th minute, practically gifting the Chinese their equalizer. What I found even more weird, was his reaction once he realized he had pushed the ball into his own net; he did look… “down”, but not nearly as “down” as you would expect a goalkeeper to look, after a mistake of… such magnitude. It felt almost as if he had just committed a horrible mistake in a… pre-season friendly match, not on his national team’s debut in Asia’s biggest competition… They conceded again after that, lost 2-1, but that beautiful Akhlidin Israilov goal in the first half may make a difference at the end of the group stage. Every goal counts, even in defeats, with the four best third-placed teams qualifying for the last 16.
I doubt the South Koreans expected things to be that tough against the Philippines on their Asian Cup debut, but at the end of the day, they won, earned all three points, meeting their target. They looked below average in the first half, failing to register a single really big chance to score. Things were different in the second half; after seeing the Philippines lose a very good chance to take the lead, Hwang Ui-jo made it 1-0 in the 67th minute, and… that’s pretty much when the game ended. Once the Koreans focused on their defense, the Filipinos failed to create more chances and look threatening. Win, 1-0, three points, without Son Heung-min, who will miss this game as well, but will be available for the last group match. That’s the deal they made with Tottenham a long time ago.
Previous five matches:
China vs Kyrgyzstan 2-1
Kyrgyzstan vs Palestine 2-1
Qatar vs Kyrgyzstan 1-0
Jordan vs Kyrgyzstan 0-1
Japan vs Kyrgyzstan 4-0
South Korea vs Philippines 1-0
South Korea vs Saudi Arabia 0-0
Uzbekistan vs South Korea 0-4
Australia vs South Korea 1-1
South Korea vs Panama 2-2
Kyrgyzstan are playing against Palestine on Wednesday. Same day, South Korea will be facing China.
Kyrgyzstan vs South Korea: Head to head Stats
Kyrgyzstan and South Korea have never played against each other before.
Kyrgyzstan vs South Korea: Prediction
I expect South Korea to look improved compared to their debut versus the Philippines, and actually win the game more easily than the one a few days ago.
Kyrgyzstan vs South Korea: Betting Tips
As previously mentioned, I expect Korea to win rather easily, but on the other hand, I don’t expect them to… run wild. “South Korea and under 3.5 goals” is my main tip, at 1.88. “Korea and under 2.5 goals” is at 3.10. Both suit my 0-2 hunch.