World Cup Preview – Group F | Sweden v South Korea

Monday kicks-off with the second game in Group F taking place between Sweden and South Korea.

The match takes place in Nizhny Novgorod with both teams confident of opening their campaigns with a win.

Swedish coach Janne Andersson has become increasingly frustrated in the build-up about constant questioning over Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“This is incredible! This player has stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him,” Andersson said.

“Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”

South Korea are pinning their hopes on star man Son Heung-min, but he is accepting of the responsibility.

“I feel great when people say good things about me but what’s important is that I have to show it on the pitch. I know lots of people’s expectations are on me, so I also feel a responsibility,” he said.

See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

Sweden 13:00 South Korea
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Live on ITV


Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Granqvist, Lindelof, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Korea Republic: Kim Seunggyu; Lee Yong, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Park Jooho; Ki Sungyueng, Jung Wooyoung; Hwang Heechan, Lee Jaesung, Son Heungmin; Kim Shinwook.

KEY FACT: This is Sweden’s first match at a World Cup finals since 2006
Match odds from bet365: SWEDEN 21/20 DRAW 9/4 SOUTH KOREA 10/3
bet365 Pick: Draw/Sweden @15/4
ANDY SAYS: I go with the Europeans here, I think Sweden will have too much for Korea…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: I quite like the look of South Korea, with Son on form they could take this…1-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Son Heung-min – A fabulous player as he showed with Spurs this season, and has a chance to show that in Russia

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