Australia vs South Korea Betting Predictions, Odds and Bonus
November 13, 2018
The Socceroos play just their second game since the disappointment of the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they host South Korea in an international friendly in Brisbane on Saturday. Graham Arnold has picked a strong squad for the game against the Koreans as he prepares his team to defend its Asian Cup crown in the UAE in January.
A full house is expected at Suncorp Stadium for Australia v South Korea, the first time these two teams have met since the Asian Cup final in 2015, when James Troisi scored in extra time to win the tournament for the Aussies. The Socceroos have played 28 times against Korea for 11 wins, 7 losses, and 10 draws. The only country they’ve played against on more occasions is New Zealand (64 games).
Australia vs South Korea Best Odds
- Andrew Nabbout @3.25 to score with Unibet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Matty Ryan @3.10 to keep a clean sheet in an Aussie win with bet365 T&C's apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Aaron Mooy @5.00 to score with PointsBet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Australia @6.00 to win the 2019 Asian Cup with Ladbrokes T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- South Korea @7.00 to win the Asian Cup with MadBookie T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
Socceroos Name Strong Squad
Andrew Nabbout (3.25 to score at Unibet) returns to the team after recovering from the shoulder injury he suffered at the World Cup. Brighton & Hove Albion’s Matty Ryan (3.10 to keep a clean sheet in an Aussie win at bet365) is expected to be back in his usual spot in goals and Huddersfield Town’s Aaron Mooy (5.00 to score at PointsBet) will slot back into the midfield after both missed the match against Kuwait.
Western Sydney Wanderers’ defender Josh Risdon was the only A-League played named in the 23-man squad and it’s expected he will make the starting XI. Unfortunately for the Brisbane crowd, national team legend and crowd favourite Tim Cahill won’t make an appearance on Saturday. It’s believed Arnold will give the 38-year his 108th and final cap in Sydney – Cahill’s hometown – next week against Lebanon.
Asian Cup Preparation
Risdon told Fox Sports this week that Arnold’s attacking instinct has rubbed off on the squad ahead of the Asian Cup defence, and it will be interesting to see if the Socceroos bring that attacking mindset to the game against the Koreans. Australia are 6.00 to win the 2019 Asian Cup at Ladbrokes, putting them behind only Iran and Japan in the betting odds.
South Korea are 7.00 to win the Asian Cup at MadBookie and they too will be refining new strategies following a World Cup campaign which saw them fail to make it out of the group stage despite causing the tournament’s biggest upset with a win over Germany. The Koreans appointed Portugal’s Paulo Bento as manager after the World Cup.
They have played 4 friendlies in the past couple of months – all at home and all against highly fancied Latin American teams – since the World Cup, beating Costa Rica and Uruguay and drawing with Chile and Panama. They scored 6 goals and conceded 3 in those fixtures, and another attacking performance might be expected ahead of what is potentially a preview of an Asian Cup semi-final or final.
Madbookie is offering the following head-to-head odds: Australia 2.02, South Korea 3.80, Draw 3.15.
Odds are correct at the time of writing.