By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 27th June 2018
Wednesday 27th June 2018
Kazan, Kazan Arena
Live on BBC One
South Korea vs Germany line-up
South Korea go as expected while Germany recall Mesut Ozil and drop Thomas Muller.
South Korea XI: Cho Hyun-Woo, Lee Yong, Yun, Hong, YG Kim, Jang, Jung, Koo, Lee Jae-Sung, Moon, Son
Germany XI: Neuer; Kimmich Süle Hummels Hector; Kroos Khedira Goretzka; Özil Reus Werner.
South Korea vs Germany permutations – who needs what to qualify?
Despite losing their first two games, South Korea can still qualify if they beat Germany, Sweden lose to Mexico and they finish with a better goal difference than those two teams.
Die Mannschaft will qualify if they win by two or more clear goals but if Sweden better their result then they will be eliminated and the Scandinavians would top the group.
If both Germany and Sweden draw their games then the side in the higher-scoring game will finish second. If those matches end with the same score, then Germany will finish second because they beat the Scandinavians.
Mexico require only a single point against Sweden to qualify for the next round as Group F winners.
South Korea vs Germany odds
Joachim Low’s men are overwhelming favourites to defeat the Taegeuk Warriors at 1/5 with a draw priced up at 11/2.
South Korea, commonly referred to as ‘The Reds’ or the ‘Red Devils’ due to the colour of their first kit, have their odds placed at 12/1.
South Korea vs Germany team news
Coach Shin Tae-yong will be without his captain and top scorer in qualifying Ki Seung-yeung after he sustained a calf strain.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will miss this game after his red card against Sweden. Club team-mate Niklas Sule could be set for his World Cup debut while Matts Hummels has recovered from a neck injury.
Another Bayern player, Sebastian Rudy, had minor surgery on his nose on Sunday but could still feature in a protective head mask.
Joachim Low said: “We have a lot of alternatives, that is the structure of our squad. It is about using all possibilities. Those players who did not play will definitely still be needed.”
South Korea vs Germany predicted line-up
Popular German newspaper Bild reckon Low will go with this side against South Korea:
Germany XI: Neuer; Kimmich Sule Hummels Hector; Rudy Kroos; Reus Muller Brandt; Werner.
South Korea vs Germany match stats
Germany’s last-gasp winner against Sweden kept their hopes of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since 1962 alive.
The Germans have a virtually perfect record against Asian opposition at the World Cup, winning all five games whilst scoring 19 goals and keeping clean sheets in their last three.
The Reds have previously met Die Mannschaft twice at the World Cup finals with the Germans coming out on top both times (1994 and 2002).
Since losing to France 2-0 at Euro 2016, Germany have won 15 of their 17 competitive matches.
South Korea’s odds don’t fare better having lost their last four World Cup games in a row. Germany’s odds of winning by four or more goals was 16/5 but is now 4/1.
Toni Kroos’ crucial injury-time winner against Sweden was the latest goal scored by Germany in normal time at the World Cup (94:42).
South Korea vs Germany key players to watch
Joachim Low could place his faith in Marco Reus again after his goal against Sweden. Mesut Ozil is likely to remain on the bench.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has yet to score despite taking eight shots against Mexico. Surprisingly, Son scored only once for the Taegeuk Warriors in qualifying.
Currently the highest active goal-scorer at the World Cup, Thomas Müller has has only has one assist and zero goals in his last nine tournament games.
Real Madrid man Toni Kroos has been involved in five goals in his last five World Cup games (3 goals, 2 assists). His odds of scoring at any time are 11/5.
Joshua Kimmich, who recorded the highest number of assists in qualifying (9), has put in 22 crosses so far this tournament – more than anyone else.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.