By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 18th June 2018
Sweden will make their first World Cup appearance in 12 years when they face a South Korea side which has now reached six successive tournaments.
Recent form however has not been kind to either side. Sweden were goalless in their last three warm-up games and have not defeated another team since their first leg play-off victory over Italy back in November.
South Korea, meanwhile, have only won one of their last six matches after winning only four of their 10 qualifying games in the third round of Asian qualifying.
The South Koreans will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their last World Cup where they only picked up a single point.
South Korea will be hoping star man Son Heung-min will bring his A-game to this tournament after coming off the back of an 18-goal season for Tottenham.
Son is running out of time to earn an exemption from 21 months of military service and will hope a good tournament can pocket him some good will. Son Heung-min to score first is 15/2.
Remarkably, South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong admitted his players had swapped shirts in recent friendlies and training to confuse ‘snoopers’ that had reportedly been spying on his side. Sweden coach Janne Andersson offered an apology at his side’s training camp in Austria.
His scout Lars Jacobsson had apparently walked into a closed training session and told to leave and although he was not mentioned by name Andersson apologised “if it has been perceived in another way.” A Sweden to win to nil is 9/4.
Sweden’s World Cup squad boasts several British-based players including Manchester United centre-half Victor Lindelof, Swansea left-back Martin Olsson and Hull midfielder Sebastian Larsson.
The rest of the side is littered with Bundesliga and Serie A players such as Emil Forsberg, Werder Bremen’s Augustinsson and Alaves’ John Guidetti. RB Leipzig midfielder Forsberg to score and Sweden to win is 5/1.
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.