Cristiano Ronaldo and Son Heung-min have met several times in the English Premier League but now will meet on soccer’s grandest stage for the first time. Ronaldo will try to get back into the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot race, while Heung-min will try to lead the Tigers of Asia to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2010.
Draw 1-1 (+800)
So…Portugal has already qualified for the Round of 16, meaning they could take advantage of this game to give some rest to their best players. The thing is that the Navigators have talent to spare. No matter who gets to play, they’ll put up a good fight.
As for South Korea, the Tigers of Asia are in a must-win situation, but they haven’t been able to score more than one goal (average) in their last four games in all competitions. They’ve the advantage when it comes to stamina, but that won’t be enough to pull off the stunner. Betting $100 on the 1-1 draw could make you win $800.
These have met only once. It was in the 2002 World Cup and South Korea won 1-0.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
12-14 Corners (+325)
Overall, we’re talking about aggressive teams. Last week, Portugal finished its game against Uruguay with six corners. On the other hand, South Korea finished its game against Ghana with 13 corners. With South Korea being in a must-win situation, I expect the Tigers of Asia to attack constantly. As for the Navigators, several players are really good through the air, including Ronaldo, Ruben Dias and Pepe. In other words, for them a corner kick is more valuable than for other teams.
Son Heung-min Anytime Goalscorer (+220)
South Korea has scored two goals in the 2022 World Cup. Both were scored by Cho Gue-sung against Ghana. Here’s the thing, the only player from the Tigers of Asia attacking unit that hasn’t been benched, at all, in the previous two games was Heung-min. There’s also the fact that Heung-min is in charge of penalties and free-kicks, increasing his chances of scoring considerably.
Overall, Heung-min has scored 35 goals in 106 games for the national team. He scored for the last time in late September against Cameroon. He can’t say goodbye to the World Cup without scoring, that wouldn’t be fair.
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