Uruguay take on South Korea at Education City Stadium, where an exciting match is shaping up in the opening round of the group stage of the World Cup. The game kicks off on Thursday.
This is the opening match of the group stage for Uruguay and South Korea with both aiming to secure a good start to the tournament standings. Everyone knows this could be pivotal for a strong tournament. Uruguay sit as number 14 in the FIFA world ranking, while South Korea enter their match on Thursday as number 28.
Uruguay are favoured to follow Portugal through to the next stage, and you can't beat them on routine. They have no less than 10 players over 30 years of age. The question is whether that will prove a strong point in the coming days.
South Korea are ever present since 1986 but apart from when hosting the World Cup in 2022, success have proven hard to come by. Is this their time to shine?
Uruguay vs South Korea Prediction
Uruguay have been a little inconsistent recently, as they beat Panama by 5-0. Following that up proved too difficult, as they lost 1-0 against Iran, before claiming three points in a 2-0 win against Canada. Uruguay were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing one of the games. They suffered defeat in two of these outings.
Uruguay scored 18 goals, conceded five and held on for a clean sheet seven times in their last ten games.
South Korea Form
In their last three matches, South Korea drew 2-2 with Costa Rica, beat Cameroon by 1-0 and beat Iceland by 1-0. South Korea were able to win six of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing two of the games. They suffered two defeats as well.
South Korea scored 19 times in their previous ten matches, an average of 1.9 per game. They also conceded 13 goals for an average of 1.3 a game, pulling off a clean sheet five times.
We expect Uruguay to land a win in their World Cup opener, just like the bookies. We are also aware though, that they are not in for a walk-over, and they'll need to on their toes. South Korea open the World Cup expected to be thrown under the bus at Education City Stadium Education City Stadium. They'll come out fighting, of course, but probably won't be able to withstand the pressure.
Uruguay vs South Korea Stats
- Uruguay have won 5 of the last 7 matches without conceding a goal
- In 9 of the last 11 Uruguay matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Uruguay have won 7 of the last 9 matches
- Uruguay have not lost 8 of the last 9 matches
- In 5 of the last 7 Uruguay matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- South Korea have scored in 19 of the last 21 matches
- South Korea have not lost 8 of the last 9 matches
- In 6 of the last 8 South Korea matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
- In 5 of the last 6 South Korea matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- South Korea have won 5 of the last 7 matches
Uruguay vs South Korea Lineups
Uruguay vs South Korea Betting Tips
Edinson Cavani look like value in the goal scoring market with three strikes to his name in six World Cup matches. The visitors are crossing their fingers Heung-Min Son adds to his three World Cup goals come on Thursday.
Uruguay claimed all three points seven times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing one along the way. They endured defeat in two of the games in this run. South Korea won six of their last 10 games, while drawing two and losing two in this series of matches.
Uruguay witnessed over 2.5 goals in four of their previous ten matches across all tournaments in which they averaged 1.8 goals a game. Over 2.5 goals appeared in seven of the last ten matches that South Korea played across all tournaments. They scored 1.9 times on average in the process.
Over 2.5 goals came out three times in the last six encounters between these two teams. Uruguay managed an average of 1.66 goals, with South Korea averaging 0.67 goals in these games. Both teams to score was a winning bet three times in this run of matches.
Uruguay scored the first goal in seven out of their last ten games. South Korea scored the opening goal in five from a possible ten games.