Both South Korea and Ghana failed to win their opening World Cup games and will feel they need a victory on Monday at the Education City Stadium if they are to progress.
The Taeguk Warriors were initially frustrated and then perhaps fortunate to draw 0-0 against Uruguay, while the aftermath of Ghana’s 3-2 defeat to Portugal has been plagued by questions over the awarding of the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo needed to open the scoring.
While Korea looked well-drilled, it is unclear if Ghana will be able to resist going on the attack and it could be an open and exciting game in Group H.
South Korea vs Ghana Betting Tips
South Korea’s attack is again likely to be led by Son Heung-min, who showed signs of sharpness against Uruguay, despite having to don a protective mask following his recent eye socket surgery.
However, Hwang Hee-chan remains a serious doubt, with the Wolves forward still battling a hamstring injury.
It all means that Paulo Bento could name an unchanged line-up for the clash in Al Rayyan.
Opposite number Otto Addo has more to think about, with the coach opting for a defensive set-up against Portugal, but he may be a bit more expansive on Monday.
Mohammed Salisu’s place could be at risk after conceding that penalty to Ronaldo on Thursday.
A change of shape could see Jordan Ayew come in, while Osman Bukari is also a contender after netting off the bench against Portugal.
Ghana to win and both teams to score @ 11/2
Ghana’s game against Portugal was at times chaotic and they look like a team happier going forward.
That is perhaps why they switched to a back three against the Selecao, while this still looks a squad in the process of gelling. Fresh recruits such as Salisu, Tariq Lamptey and Inaki Williams only made their debuts in September but will have benefitted from getting top-level minutes alongside their colleagues.
South Korea are a disciplined side and their pace and skill in attack is likely to cause Ghana issues but whether they have the requisite clinical edge in the final third remains debatable.
The Black Stars produced plenty of chances against Portugal, recording nine shots, and while they are far from defensively sound, their skilful and dynamic forward line has the talent to grab the victory.
Mohammed Kudus Anytime Goalscorer @ 10/3
Kudus really came into his own after being moved into a more central role against Portugal and provided an excellent assist for Andre Ayew.
The Ajax man is a star in the making and from the outside, Addo could benefit from giving him more freedom against a well-drilled South Korean defence.
Still just 22, his versatility has arguably cost him at both club and international levels but his influence late on against the Portuguese suggests he should be moved from the left of midfield and into a more prominent attacking role.
Kudus has scored nine times for Ajax this season, including against Liverpool and Napoli in the Champions League, and looks like the type of player who can disrupt the Koreans’ defensive patterns.