Mexico shocked the football world with their 1-0 victory against world champions, Germany in their opening game and they will be looking to continue that form against a South Korea side who went down to a 1-0 defeat to Sweden in their first match. Mexico experienced an artificial earthquake after fans celebrated their victory against Germany with such vigour and they must avoid this game being a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show on Saturday. South Korea come into the game knowing that defeat could see them exit the World Cup and they will be doing all they can to cause an upset in Rostov.
South Korea were expected to lose their opening match against Sweden, and they did. This side looks very short of quality apart from Heung-Min Son and even he couldn’t inspire a shot on target in their opening match. This side have now won just one of their last seven matches and that has to change against Mexico if they’re going to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.
Mexico were excellent against Germany, turning in one of the best performances of the World Cup so far. Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game, but all of the Mexican front three of Lozano, Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez caused the Germans endless problems with their pace and movement. Mexico came into this tournament in patchy form, with a 1-0 victory against Scotland their only success in five matches, but that all changed against reigning champions Germany last time out. They must now do all they can to keep that form going and they know that a victory on Saturday will see them qualify for the knockout stages.
South Korea looked well short of the quality needed to challenge in this World Cup in their opening match and I’m expecting them to lose again on Saturday. Mexico have arguably been the most impressive team at the World Cup so far and they should have too much quality in attack to beat South Korea in this one. This two sides also met in the World Cup in 1998, with that game finishing 3-1 to Mexico; a result which could well be repeated on Saturday afternoon.
Betting Tips (Coral)
Mexico quite rightly start this game as favourites after their impressive victory against Germany with Coral pricing them up at 7/10 to win the game. If you fancy South Korea to grab the three points, then they are available at 19/4, with the draw priced up at 5/2. If Mexico play anything like they did against Germany, then they should win this game with ease and the 29/20 available on Mexico to win to nil looks like a great bet to me. Another good bet looks like Mexico to win and over 1.5 goals at 5/4 and that is my pick for this match.
Mexico to Win & Over 1.5 Goals – 5/4 (Coral)