Brazil hopes to avoid shock from South Korea

Brazil hopes to avoid shock from South Korea

Brazil is hoping not to experience the wrath of South Korea when they meet for their knockout stage match. Brazil are the top favorites for the title this season, having high expectations of them in the tournament. As for South Korea, they are a team who is capable of upsetting giants, shocking the fans. Coming into this game, they are hoping to pull off yet another shock against Brazil. In 2018, they eliminated the then-defending champions, Germany, which shocked the world. If they did it before, they are certainly capable of repeating the same result. This meeting will be on December 6, 2022, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

From the seven matches these two teams played, Brazil’s record is far from South Korea as they won six out of their seven matches. South Korea only had one win against Brazil. Their previous meeting was just June this year, where Brazil had a stunning 5-1 win against South Korea. However, from their last 10 matches in the World Cup, they already lost four, as many defeats in their first 36 World Cups. But the Brazilians have a good record in the knockout stage, winning their last seven knockout stage. South Korea on the other hand never defeated a South American team in the World Cup. Additionally, this is their South Korea’s first Round of 16 in 12 years.

Brazil is now ready to be a step closer from reclaiming the title

World Cup: Brazil
Photo courtesy of PA

Brazil is at the top of their group during the group stage, but they suffered a shocking defeat against Cameroon. However, that defeat does not stop them to be the top favorites to win the title this season. They are a star-studded team, so it is not surprising for them to go far in the contest. Ever since they started their campaign in the 2022 World Cup, they managed to live up to what is expected of them. They were able to show top-tier football, both being versatile in attacks and goal scoring. Their current loss against Cameroon would be an eye-opener that they cannot be complacent against other opponents.

Although Brazil’s treatment room have been busy during the past, they were able to get positive news from Neymar. He is believed to be able to recover from an ankle injury, just in time for their match against South Korea. However, due to their knee problems, Gabriel Jesus, and Alex Telles are already put for the rest of the season.

South Korea wants to pull off some shock once more

World Cup: South Korea
Photo courtesy of Yonhap News

Upsetting giant teams is no longer new for South Korea as they already did it several times. In 2018, they eliminated Germany, and just this edition, they upset Portugal for their final group stage match. They finished second in the group stage, securing a spot in the knockout stage in such a dramatic fashion. A 2-1 win over Portugal shocked everyone in their finals group stage match. Now, they need to be at their best form if they want to stand a chance against Brazil. This team is capable of pulling off more upsets for giant teams, and they want to repeat it against Brazil.

Hwang is still dealing with a hamstring issue in the tournament, but it is already expected for him to return in this game. Kim Min-ja eon the other hand is still a major doubt for this game, following his calf discomfort.

Prediction:

Brazil (2.0)
Odds: -0.91

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