Socceroos Face Stern Test

Will the Socceroos be celebrating another in win on Saturday? Image courtesy of eurosport.com

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Australia v South Korea


Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

  Saturday January 17 –  7:00pm (AEST)

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With both sides through to the quarter-finals, Australia and South Korea make the trip to Brisbane on Saturday night in the final match in Group A.  

Heading into the tournament, the host's Asian Cup credentials were severely questioned. But after a pair of dominating displays against Kuwait and Oman, they are playing with the confidence of champions, and that's translated into the outrights market. South Korea pose as the biggest test yet of the Socceroo's campaign, and with top spot in the group still to play for, Ange Postecoglou will demand another solid performance. Captain Mile Jedinak is again in doubt after missing Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Oman with an ankle injury, so Brisbane boy Matt McKay is set for another start in front of his hometown fans.

Like their opponents, South Korea kicked off their campaign with two wins. Both matches finished in 1-0  wins, and while their defensive efforts would have pleased German coach Uli Stielike, he’ll be urging his forwards to be more clinical in front of goal. Bundesliga sensation Son Heung-min has failed to live up to his pre-tournament hype so far, but keeping the 22-year-old quiet on Saturday will be a tough task for Matthew Spiranovic. The Bayer Leverkusen winger is one of the hottest properties in the continent, and despite picking up a small injury in his side's opening match, he’s to produce the match’s first goal.

After two very impressive victories, punters are getting behind the Socceroos ahead of this match. Considering a draw will be enough to clinch top spot for the hosts, all the big bets, including one of $5000, are coming in for Australia with the safety of the draw no bet option.

 

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