On Tuesday afternoon in the Arena Lublin a round of 16 of the U20 World Cup 2019 will be held. It comes to the Asian duel between Japan and South Korea. With a victory over Mexico and two draws against Ecuador and Italy, the Samurai Blue’s youngster came a little further than the runners-up behind the Azzurrini in the last 16. The men of coach Masanaga Kageyama, who are still unbeaten and have conceded just one goal in the tournament, now want to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth time in a U20 finals.
Football Betting Tips Japan vs. South Korea
South Korea caused a big surprise on the final day of the group stage with a 2-1 win against U20 world record champion Argentina. Thus, the Republic of Korea could survive the group stage for the eighth time in their 16th participation. Previously, Chung Jungyong’s selection had lost 1-0 to reigning U19 European champions Portugal and then defeated South Africa 1-0. At the U20 World Cup knockout round Japan vs. South Korea speak the odds slightly for Japan. The betting base expects a very tight game, which is not decided in regular time, and thus sets in the duel Japan vs South Korea their tip on “draw”.
Japan – Statistics & Current Form
The Japanese offspring participated for the first time in 1979 in a U20 World Championship. The final round in Poland is the tenth World Cup for the young Samurai Blue. This year, the Japanese were able to survive the group stage for the eighth time. Three times have been enough for the quarterfinals. The best result was the Vice World Champion title in 1999. In this final round, the team proved to date as an uncomfortable opponent. Even the South American champions Ecuador came to the opening not a 1: 1 against the Japanese U20 out. In the second game, there was a strong and clear 3-0 win over Mexico.
In the final group match against the Italians, who were already qualified for the next round, the Japanese still needed a point for the knockout stages. Accordingly, both nations acted very carefully. In the eleventh minute missed the offspring of Japan with a missed penalty the lead. In the end, chances were scarce on both sides. So it remained in the performance-based and goalless draw. With odds of up to 2.50, there is a lot to be said for Japan vs South Korea for a prediction on the team of coach Masanaga Kageyama. A victory of South Korea is rewarded with higher odds up to 3.25.
Last Games from Japan:
⚽️ 29.05.2019 – Italy U20 vs. Japan U20 0: 0 (U20 World Cup 2019)
⚽️ 26.05.2019 – Mexico U20 Vs. Japan U20 0: 3 (U20 World Cup 2019)
⚽️ 23.05.2019 – Japan U20 vs. Ecuador U20 1: 1 (U20 World Cup 2019)
⚽️ 25.03.2019 – Japan U20 vs. USA U20 1: 2 (friendly)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Argentina U20 Vs. Japan U20 1: 0 (friendly)
South Korea – Statistics & Current Form
With 12 titles South Korea is the record winner of the U19 Asian Championship. Thus, the Koreans participate in 2019 for the 15th time in a U20 finals. So far, the Asians had not survived the group stage seven times. In the tournament of 1983, the offspring of South Korea with the fourth place reached the best placement so far. In this World Cup South Korea went with South Africa in a group with heavyweights such as the Under-19 European Champions Portugal and the South American record champions Argentina as a clear outsider for the round of 16 in the race.
At the start, coach Chung Jungyong’s side had problems with Portugal’s good defense. In addition, the Asians could rarely show their technical skills. But after a break to the break, the South Koreans were getting better in the second round and missed only by a lack of chance exploitation a goal against the Azzurrini. Also in the second game Korea increased only in the second half. Opponents South Africa had been a better team before half-time and had not been able to take advantage of many good opportunities.
“We have honestly earned the progress. The next game is always the hardest. We have to win against Japan. ” – Lee Kang-in
But then the selection of coach Chung Jungyong showed a different face in the second round and scored the 1-0 victory. South Africa were unable to put pressure on the Asian defensive after the deficit. In the last group match against Argentina, the offspring of South Korea then had to score to be able to move into the next round. The Albiceleste, who were already qualified for the second round after two wins at the start, moved to five positions. Nevertheless, the South Americans determined the game.
The better chances but played out South Korea. The Taeguk Warriors lurked on counterattack and then came quickly and dangerously before the gate of Argentina. With this tactic, the outsider went 2-0 in the lead. The South American record winner could reduce in the 88th minute only to 1: 2. The focus of the selection so far was the 18-year-old Lee Kang-in. The youngest player in the Korea Republic squad celebrated his La Liga competitive debut for Valencia in January 2019. Kang-in made an exemplary opening goal against Argentina.
Last matches from South Korea:
⚽️ 31.05.2019 – South Korea U20 Vs. Argentina U20 2: 1 (U20 World Cup 2019)
⚽️ 28.05.2019 – South Africa U20 Vs. South Korea U20 0: 1 (U20 World Cup 2019)
⚽️ 25.05.2019 – Portugal U20 Vs. South Korea U20 1: 0 (U20 World Cup 2019)
⚽️ 25.03.2019 – France U20 Vs. South Korea U20 3: 1 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 21.03.2019 – South Korea U20 Vs. Ukraine U20 0: 1 (friendly)
Japan vs. South Korea Direct Comparison
The U20 national teams of the two countries met so far only once on each other. At the U20 World Cup 2003, Japan also prevailed in the second round. After the regular season, it had been 1: 1. Then the Samurai Blue scored in extra time to win 2-1. Japan could win only one of the last seven internationals. South Korea ended a series of five international defeats in a row against South Africa 1-0.
Japan vs. South Korea Betting Tips Provided by Experts Tipsters
The winner of this match will face the winner of the Africa duel between Senegal and Nigeria on Saturday in the quarter-finals. The Japanese showed in the tournament that you can keep up with the vice European champion and the South American champion. Against Mexico, the Samurai Blue were extremely effective in front of the opponent’s goal.
But South Korea was also able to surprise in a group with Portugal and Argentina. In addition, the Koreans play very fair. Until the final group game, the Taeguk Warriors were the only side to have received a single yellow card in the tournament. Against Argentina there were then the first three warnings.
Key Facts – Japan vs South Korea tips
⭐️ Japan could only win one of their last seven international matches
⭐️ South Korea last won two games in a row – before that there had been five bankruptcies in a row
⭐️ In the second round of the U20 World Cup in 2003, Japan prevailed after extra time 2-1 against South Korea
Japan and South Korea are among the surprises of the tournament so far. Both nations are an unpleasant and hard to beat opponent. Both the Samurai Blue and the Taeguk Warriors were able to distinguish themselves at the 2019 World Cup by a good defense and a quick counter-switching game. The bookmakers send the Japanese into the game as easy favorites. We can only partially agree with this opinion.
There are four legionaries in South Korea’s squad. With a market value of about 7.5 million euros, Lee Kang-in is the most valuable. The entire squad of Japan comes only to a total of 5 million. There is a lot to be said before the round of 16 of the two Asians for a close duel. At the 2003 World Cup, the duel between Japan and South Korea was decided in the round of the last 16 only after extra time.
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