South Korea, Ghana, aims for progression

South Korea, Ghana, aims for progression

South Korea and Ghana are two teams who are aiming to go past the group stage, despite not winning their first match. Since their opener match did not go with what they planned, they are now in a situation where they need to win their remaining games. If these two teams managed to win their next matches, they now have the chance to escape the group stage. Ghana suffered a 3-2 defeat against Portugal during their opening game. South Korea on the other hand had an impressive goalless draw against Uruguay. Their meeting will be on November 28, 2022, at 9:00 PM (GMT+8).

Across all competitions, these two teams locked horns for nine times already, but five of which were from the friendlies. Their record against each other are just even, with both teams winning four games each, and drawing one. During the last six meetings between these two teams, they produced over 2.5 goals. Additionally, both teams managed to score from seven of their nine games. While South Korea failing to win nine of their last 10 matches in the World Cup, Ghana is no better as they are winless in their last eight games in the World Cup. Looking at these records, expect that this match is an even match between these two teams.

South Korea looks to bounce back after drawing opening match

World Cup: South Korea

During their last meeting in the contest, they played out a draw against Uruguay, but have failed to get a single shot on the target in that match. This is also the case for South Korea during their campaign in the 2018 World Cup. They also started their season with a defeat that time, but they managed to score in their next two games. This game is a must-win situation for them because if not, they might end their campaign early. If they ended this game with a draw or a loss, they need to face Portugal in their next game, in a do-or-die situation. It is okay to be in a do-or-die game, but it is not good to do it against Portugal. On South Korea’s last five World Cup games, they failed to score in three of them. Coming into this match, they are hoping that it will not happen again.

South Korea is lucky as they got Son Heung-min back, just in time for their opening match. His presence is a huge boost for their morale. However, Hwang Hee-chan, is dealing with a hamstring issue, and will not be available in this match. Kim Min-jae on the other hand is a doubt in this contest, as he is experiencing discomfort in his calf.

Ghana eyes to continue their goal scoring form

World Cup: Ghana
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Ghana actually had a close match against Portugal for their openers, losing only to a narrow 3-2 loss. Ghana actually had the chance to tie the game that match, but they fell short in the last minutes of the second half. However, they were able to set a record during their fist game as the first African team to score in the competition. As they meet new opponents, they are hoping to be able to continue their goal scoring in this game. Attacking have been their number one key when going against their opponents. Just like their opponent, they are also hoping for a win because if they lose against South Korea, they will likely be eliminated in the contest.

Andrew Ayew and Jordan Ayew will likely play in this match. They have no issues they currently face when it comes to health issues.

Prediction:

Draw (2.0)
Odds: 0.92

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