By William Hill
Last Updated: 23rd June 2018
Saturday 23rd June
Kick-off: 4:00pm BST
Stadium: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Live on ITV1
South Korea vs Mexico line-ups
South Korea – H W Jo; M W Kim, Y G Kim, H S Jang, Y Lee; H C Hwang, S J Ju, S Y Ki, S M Moon, J S Lee, H M Son
Mexico – G Ochoa; J Gallardo, H Moreno, C Salcedo, E Alvarez; A Guardado, H Herrera; H Lozano, C Vela, M Layun; J Hernandez
South Korea vs Mexico odds
Mexico are 7/10 favourites to triumph, with the draw deemed more likely than a South Korea win at 5/2, while a first victory at the tournament for the Taeguk Warriors is the match-betting outsider at 9/2.
South Korea vs Mexico match stats
South Korea have now won just once in their last seven fixtures after losing 1-0 to Sweden in an ill-tempered clash in Nizhny Novgorod.
Their loss against the Swedes also extended their goalless streak in international football to 330 minutes.
Mexico have won five of their last seven outings, drawing once and losing once. During that sequence they’ve conceded only one goal, shutting out sides of the ilk of Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland and most recently 2014 World Cup winners Germany.
South Korea vs Mexico key players to watch
PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving ‘El Chucky’ Lozano scored the winner for Mexico against Die Mannschaft.
Meanwhile, former Watford midfielder Miguel Layun, who spent this season on loan at Sevilla from Porto was in the thick of everything good about El Tri’s attack last time out and, but for some errant decision making in terms of shooting and final balls, could have ended the game with several goals and assists.
Premier League fans, may be surprised that prolific Tottenham forward Son Heung-min notched just once for South Korea in qualifying, while Ki-Sung-yueng, relegated with Swansea City in 2017/18 was their top-scorer.
On a more anorak level, young Taeguk Warrior Lee Seung-woo was considered one of the hottest prospects at Barcelona’s La Masia superstar factory a few years ago, before his Camp Nou career was derailed by FIFA sanctions around signing young players.
Currently at Hellas Verona, Lee played his first full international just before this tournament and it will be interesting to see if the talent Barca saw in him will come to the surface.