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
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
|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|
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.
|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)|
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.
*Changes in odds might vary without prior notice*
Predicted Score: 2-1 in favor of South Korea
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