Preview: South Korea vs Iceland – prediction, team news, rosters
Sports Mole previews Friday’s international friendlies clash between South Korea and Iceland, including predictions, team news and possible rosters.
South Korea will complete their preparation for the 2022 World Cup, which begins on November 20, with a friendly match against Iceland Friday morning.
Paul BentoThe team played two friendlies at the end of September, and they now have one more game before the start of their Group H campaign against Uruguay on November 24.
South Korea have been at every World Cup since 1986, largely failing to make it past the group stages, but finished fourth in the 2002 competition.
The Asian Tigers reached the round of 16 in 2010, but were eliminated in the groups in their last two tournaments in 2014 and 2018.
Paulo Bento’s side will need to be at their best to navigate a tough Group H, which also includes Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana.
South Korea will start their World Cup against Uruguay on November 24 before facing Ghana four days later; the national team will then complete their group stage against Portugal on December 2.
Bento’s side have actually lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions and recorded a 1-0 victory against Cameroon in their last international match at the end of September.
Iceland, meanwhile, qualified for the 2018 World Cup final, which turned out to be their first-ever appearance in the competition.
Our boys failed to make an impression in the tournament, however, eventually finishing fourth in Group D behind Croatia, Argentina and Nigeria.
Arnar VidarssonThe team suffered a 1-0 loss to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, and they will follow that match up with a clash against Lithuania in the Baltic Cup semi-finals.
Iceland will look to next year’s Euro 2024 qualifiers with the national team keen to feature in the final of the competition.
The team managed to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, beating England in the round of 16 before seeing their run ended by France in the quarter-finals.
Form of South Korea international friendlies:
Iceland international friendlies form:
Form of Iceland (all competitions):
South Korea hope their captain Son Heung-min will be available for the start of the World Cup despite having to undergo surgery for a broken eye.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker would not have been with the squad for this game, regardless of his physical condition, however, due to club commitments, and there will be some notable absentees for this friendly.
Head Coach Bento still has plenty of experience to draw on, with players like Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Young-gwon, Jung Woo-young and Kwon Chang-hoon all should start here.
As for Iceland, Captain Aron Gunnarsson is comfortably the most experienced player in the squad, with head coach Vidarsson only choosing from a limited group as the season has yet to come to a halt.
It is expected that there are chances for Ottar Magnus Karlsson and Daniel Djuric in the last third of the peloton, while Victor Karl Einarsson should be in midfield.
Frederik Schram is the team’s most experienced goalkeeper with five caps, and is expected to be given the go-ahead for the first whistle on Friday.
Possible starting line-up for South Korea:
Seung-gyu; Young-gwon, Jin-su, Chul, Kyung-won; Woo-young, Chang-hoon, Sang-ho, Jun-ho; Gue-sung, Hyeon-gyu
Possible starting lineup for Iceland:
Schram; Gunnlaugsson, Muminovic, Tomasson, Margeirsson; Gunnarrson, Einarsson, Magnusson; Karlsson, Djuric, Magnusson
We say: South Korea 1-0 Iceland
South Korea still don’t have their full squad in place, but they will be imagining their chances of beating an under-strength Iceland on Friday. We don’t expect there to be much between the two teams, with perhaps only one goal separating them at the end of the game.
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