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Sweden vs South Korea

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Date: 18th June 2018

Kick-off time – 13:00 GMT

Sweden’s fans were worried about their national team when Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international football two years ago.

However, this group of players has shown that those worries are needless; in fact the Swedes seem to play better as a team now than when Zlatan was their leader.

They head into their first World Cup since 2006 with more team spirit, but they have been placed in a difficult group.

They face Germany, Mexico, and South Korea for a place in the Round of 16 and while finishing top of the group may be too much for them, finishing second is achievable, but they have to win this game first.

Sweden have not had the most ideal preparation for this competition as they have drawn their two warm up games 0-0 and they come into this competition having lost three of their last ten games so they are going to be a difficult team to break down for any side.

South Korea are the underdogs in this group based on raw talent and they do not come into this World Cup in great form.

They lost their last game against Senegal – that match followed a draw against Bolivia and they also lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier in the month.

Sweden are unbeaten in their last three games against the Koreans, winning one and drawing the twice.

Possible starting lineups:

Sweden

Olsen
Augustinsson
Granqvist
Lindelof
Lustig
Forsberg
Ekdal
Larsson
Claesson
Berg
Toivonnen

South Korea

S G Kim
J H Park
H S Jang
M W Kim
Y Lee
J S Lee
W Y Jung
S Y Ki
S W Lee
H M Son
H C Hwang

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Sweden

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Sweden 0-0 Peru 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Sweden 0-0 Denmark 2 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L Romania 1-0 Sweden 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Sweden 1-2 Chile 24 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Sweden 1-0 Denmark 11 Jan, 2018 International Friendly

South Korea

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D South Korea 0-0 Bolivia 7 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L South Korea 1-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W South Korea 2-0 Honduras 28 May, 2018 International Friendly
L Poland 3-2 South Korea 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Northern Ireland 2-1 South Korea 24 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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