The last set of group matches at the 2022 World Cup will be decisive in confirming the last 16 places with these South Korea vs. Portugal predictions wrapping up Group H. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal are pushing hard to reach the knockout stages with South Korea looking to cause an upset.
South Korea vs. Portugal odds
1 – Portugal to win at – 3/5
2 – Portugal over 1.5 total goals – 18/5
3 – Total goals scored over 2.5 – 1/1
4 – Both teams to score – 11/10
5 – Portugal to win 2-1 at – 17/2
Portugal and Ronaldo will be determined to secure a last 16 place as they aim to get past South Korea in their final Group H encounter.
Ronaldo shook off his club controversy to score Portugal’s first goal in their 3-2 opening win over Ghana with South Korea battling out a 0-0 draw up against Uruguay.
That winning start to Qatar 2022, compared to South Korea’s poor showing against Uruguay, puts Portugal as favourites to pick up a key win in Al Rayyan.
Fernando Santos’ side netted three goals inside 90 minutes against Ghana and they have scored over 1.5 total goals in five of their last seven games, with four of those matches including over 2.5 total goals scored at full time.
Portugal have one of the most potent attacks in European football with Ronaldo ably backed up by Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix and Premier League pair Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.
South Korea’s blank against Uruguay was a change in pattern for them with the AFC giants as they had only failed to score in two of their previous 16 games since the start of 2022.
Despite potentially coming up short against the Euro 2016 winners, South Korea will be confident of at least getting on the scoresheet against a Portugal side who have kept just two clean sheets in their last five games.
Victory for Portugal is likely to be enough to ensure a safe passage into the last 16 for Ronaldo and co as the recently departed Manchester United front man looks to continue his final World Cup journey into the knockout rounds in the Middle East.
How to stream South Korea vs. Portugal
You can stream South Korea vs. Portugal live on Friday afternoon on BBC and iPlayer, as well as online around the world.
South Korea vs. Portugal last five matches
South Korea last five matches
Portugal last five matches
South Korea top World Cup goalscorers
Portugal top World Cup goalscorers
South Korea vs. Portugal line-ups
South Korea (4-2-3-1) S. Kim; J. Kim, Y. Kim, M. Kim, M.H. Kim; Jung, I. Hwang; Son, Lee, Na; U. Hwang
Portugal (4-3-3): Costa; Cancelo, Danilo, Días, Dalot; Palhinha, Fernandes, Otavio; Silva, Ronaldo, Felix
South Korea team news
South Korea head coach Paulo Bento is unlikely to make too many changes, and he could stick with the same side that held Uruguay. Tottenham star Son Heung-min has been passed fit to captain them in this crucial game, with Kim Min-jae the key player in defence.
Portugal team news
Santos is more likely to shuffle his options in this tie to balance his experienced squad in their final group clash. Ronaldo is expected to lead the attack again, with Premier League duo Joao Palhinha and Diogo Dalot potentially coming into the side.