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2019 AFC Asian Cup Prediction: South Korea vs. China

Venue:  Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Emirates

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 16 – 9:30 AM (GMT +8)

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As they ensured their places in the AFC Asian Cup last-16, South Korea and China will now battling for the number one spot in Group C.  Both teams have perfect starts in the league with six points apiece after they beaten Philippines and Kyrgyzstan, respectively. Without a doubt, it’s going to be a very thrilling match when two nationals collide on Wednesday at the Al Nahyan Stadium, with a close win for the Republic of Korea. What about you? Who’s your winner in this most-awaited game? Support your favorite team by placing your bets using the 12BET Mobile Apps. Look no further. Register your account now to experience the best sports and slots on iOS, Android and 12Access for PC.


IEAC       09-12-2017          South Korea 2:2 China

WC         23-03-2017          China 1:0 South Korea

WC         01-09-2016          South Korea 3:2 China

IEAC       02-08-2015          China 0:2 South Korea

IEAC       24-07-2013          South Korea 0:0 China

IEAC       10-02-2010          China 3:0 South Korea

Team Analysis

South Korea

South Korea will be more than just happy following the result that they produced in the Asian Cup. As of now, they are safely through to the next round without the services of Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min, who didn’t play the first two football games due to a deal with his Premier League club. Meanwhile, with the arrival of the 26-year-old Premier League forward, the national team is expected to be more dangerous, knowing that they haven’t lost their last 10 matches with six wins and four draws.

For the meantime, the Taeguk Warriors beat Philippines and Kyrgyzstan with a score of 1-0, respectively.

“It wasn’t a very good performance but I think we deserved to win. We suffered a little bit because we didn’t score the second goal.” South Korea coach Paulo Bento stated

World Ranking 53
Asian Ranking 4
Total Appearances 12
Previous Appearances 2015 Runners-Up
Best Performance Champions (1956, 1960)
Qualification Route Winners – Group C (Second Round)
Head Coach Paulo Bento
Top Scorer in Qualification Son Heung-min – 6 goals
Nickname Taeguk Warriors

Probable lineups (Starting XI):

Goalkeeper: Kim Seung-gyu

Defenders: Kim Jun-su, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-jae, Lee Yong

Midfielders: Hwang In-beom, Jung Woo-young, Hwang Hee-chan, Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Jae-sung

Forward: Son Heung-min


China, one of the favorites to win the AFC Asian Cup, will be very optimistic about their chances in the Asian Cup when they face South Korea. During their last 9 meetings, they have won two matches compared to the three of the Taeguk Warriors, which includes four draws. As of now, the goal differences between two sides are 14-11 in favor of the Korean team.

On the other end, China dominated Kyrgyzstan and Philippines with a 2-1 score and 3-0.

World Ranking 76
Asian Ranking 7
Total Appearances 12
Previous Appearances 2015 Quarterfinals
Best Performance Runners-Up (1984, 2004)
Qualification Route Runners-Up – Group C (Second Round)
Head Coach Marcelo Lippi
Top Scorer in Qualification Yang Xu (8 Goals)
Nickname Team Dragon

Probable lineups (Starting XI):

Goalkeeper: Yan Junling

Defenders: Liu Yiming, Zhang Linpeng, Feng Xiaoting

Midfielders: Hao Junmin, Chi Zhongguo, Wu Xi, Jin Jingdao

Forwards: Wu Lei, Gao Lin, Yu Hanchao


South Korea and China are going to play hard when they face each other on Wednesday. Both nations will surely do their best for this most-awaited game as they look to continue the momentum that they have in the league. Without a doubt, it’s going to be a thrilling contest for both sides.


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*Changes in odds might vary without prior notice*

Predicted Score: 2-1 in favor of South Korea

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