Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s friendly between South Korea and Egypt, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
South Korea and Egypt will play in an international friendly in Seoul on Tuesday.
The hosts have already hosted Brazil, Paraguay and Chile in this round, while the Pharaohs make the trip to Asia on the back of two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
After a triumphant World Cup qualifier in which they secured their place in the Qatari competition with 23 points and seven wins from 10 games with a second-place finish in their third-round group, South Korea went into a series of friendlies on home soil in June.
The Tigers of Asia started with a tough test against Brazil and were clearly beaten 5-1 Hwang Ui-joThe equalizer in the first half ended up being irrelevant before they met Chile in Daejeon.
Paul Bento‘s men fared far better in this contest than Hwang Hee-chan and son Heung-min scored with a 2-0 win.
Most recently they met Paraguay and after being down 2-0 because of a Miguel Almiron Against a brace, they eventually salvaged a 2-2 draw after Son Heung-min had earlier scored a free-kick Jung Woo-jung scored the equalizer in injury time at the end of the match.
Now going into their last friendly before the upcoming East Asian Cup and the start of the World Cup, the Tigers of Asia are looking to get back on track against Egypt and build some confidence in camp.
Egypt, meanwhile, will go into their first international friendly of the calendar year after a relatively tough run, after initially missing out on the World Cup when they lost to Senegal on penalties after a two-legged play-off. who also defeated them in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
After the departure of the former manager Carlos QueirozIn early June, the Pharaohs then began qualifying for the latest edition of the continental competition and quickly picked up their first points with a 1-0 win over Guinea as Mostafa Mohamed hit the only goal of the same in the last five minutes.
To get off to a perfect start, they met Ethiopia in the second round last time out but failed to improve their tally as goals were scored Dawa Hotessa and Shemeles Bekele condemned them to a surprise 2-0 defeat in Malawi.
Now headed by Ehab Galal and wounded by their recent misfortune, the African giants will aim to bounce back with a win when they make the trip to South Korea.
South Korea international friendlies form:
Form South Korea (all competitions):
Egypt International Friendships Form:
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South Korea are led by Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-min, who scored his 33rd international goal from a striking free-kick last time out against Paraguay.
Hwang Ui-jo should once again lead the front line, while Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-chan is not in the squad for the final.
Kim Young-gwon will continue to bring plenty of experience in the back four Jeong Seung Hyun was again awarded the contract alongside the 32-year-old.
Egypt’s star and captain Mo Salahwho has scored 47 goals in 84 caps for his country could miss again on Tuesday after missing the Ethiopia game due to overexertion.
Galatasaray’s Mostafa Mohammed is likely to take on more offensive responsibility in his absence Zizo and Omar groundhog they probably keep their seats on the wings.
midfield player Mohammed Elneny and winger Trezeguet were also ruled out through injury in last week’s final qualifier and the Pharaohs could also be without the pair again.
South Korea possible starting lineup:
Cho; M Kim, Jeong, Y Kim, J Kim; I Hwang, Paik, Na; Son, U Hwang, Kwon
Egypt possible starting line-up:
Gabal, Gaber, Alaa, Hamdy, Ashraf; Ashour, Al-Sulaya, Magdy; Marmot, Mohamed, Zizo
We say South Korea 2-1 Egypt
With notable absences from the Egypt squad, we back the Tigers of Asia in a bid to claim a narrow victory on home soil.
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