Australia Vs. South Korea Soccer Betting Tips
This week marks the first big test of Graham Arnold’s tenure in charge of the Socceroos as they play international friendlies against South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday night and Lebanon in Sydney on Tuesday night.
Arnold won his first match after replacing Bert van Marwijk as coach, a 4-0 win over Kuwait, ranked 157th in the FIFA rankings. But the Socceroos, who are ranked 42 despite a disappointing 2018 World Cup, face a tougher test against South Korea, who are 53rd in the rankings, and Lebanon, ranked 82nd.
Unibet are offering odds of 2.00 for an Australian win, 3.75 for a Korean win, and 3.00 for a draw.
Adapting to Life Without Cahill and Jedinak
The Socceroos will go into this weekend’s match and the 2019 Asian Cup minus two of its all-time greats in Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak. Cahill, the only Australian to have scored 50 international goals, will get a farewell match against Lebanon, while Jedinak, who captained Australia to tournament victory in the 2015 Asian Cup on home soil, retired from international soccer after the World Cup.
Cahill and Jedinak scored 28 goals between the start of the 2015 Asian Cup and end of the 2018 World Cup – more than a quarter of the Socceroos’ goals in that timeframe.
Arnold has made it clear he’ll play with an attacking 4-3-3 formation. He named seven forwards in the squad for Brisbane: Robbie Kruse (Vfl Bochum, 68 caps, 5 goals), Mathew Leckie (Hertha BSC, 57 caps, 8 goals), Tomi Juric (Luzern, 39 caps, 8 goals), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian, 6 caps, 0 goals), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds, 6 caps, 1 goal), Awer Mabil (Midtjylland, 1 cap, 1 goal), and Martin Boyle (Hibernian, uncapped). Nabbout, 25 years old, was named after a surprisingly quick recovery from a shoulder injury sustained at the World Cup.
SportChamps are paying 2.35 for Australia to score 2 goals or more and 5.50 for Australia to score 3 goals or more.
Sizing up the South Koreans
South Korea are a tougher opponent than their ranking suggests. Their record in their last 5 matches is 3 wins, 2 draws, and no losses, starting with a 2-0 upset win over Germany in the final match of the group stages at the 2018 World Cup and continuing with home matches against Costa Rica (2-0), Chile (0-0), Uruguay (2-1), and Panama (2-2).
New manager Paulo Bento will also have to find a way to manage without two of his best players. Captain Son Heung-min won’t suit up for the Taegeuk Warriors until the third match of the Asian Cup as part of a deal with his club side Tottenham Hotspur. Defender Jang Hyun-soo (58 caps) received a lifetime ban over allegations he faked his military service records. Despite the Koreans’ good recent goal-scoring run, Bet365 are offering attractive 1.60 odds on them scoring a goal, and 2.05 odds on both teams scoring at least once.