South Korea vs Norway World Cup Game Picks 6/17/2019
Women's World Cup
Monday, June 17, 2019
Stade Auguste-Delaune II
South Korea will head to Stade Auguste-Delaune II when they face Norway on Monday, June 17, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has South Korea priced at +472 and Norway coming in at -255. The bet for a draw is +341.
On Monday afternoon, Norway will be trying to lock down its spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup when they face Korea at Stade Auguste-Delaune. Norway dominated its first match against Nigeria and came away with a 3-0, but they came up just short in a 2-1 loss to France. Korea struggled against France and Nigeria, giving up a combined six goals without scoring themselves. Norway will be the favorites going into this match.
South Korea is just ahead of Norway in the world rankings - number 12 and 13, respectively - but Norway has been playing much better soccer in recent months. South Korea's defense hasn't been great, but it's been their offense that has been the most disappointing factor over that time. Head coach Yoon Deok-yeo will probably have the team play more aggressively in this match seeing as they have next to no chance to progress.
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Key Players for South Korea:
Ji So-yun - South Korea's best-ever scorer will probably need to play a big role in this game if the team wants to get all three points. The veteran attacking midfielder has yet to tally in this World Cup, but she's also had very little time on the ball through the first two games. If the team does go with a more aggressive approach, Ji So-yun should get at least a couple big chances in this game.
Cho So-Hyun - Korea's captain will need to play well on both sides of the ball to give her team a chance. She's an excellent holding midfielder, but she also has 20 goals in her international career. She'll be tasked with slowing down Norway's attacks and quickly getting the ball to her forwards.
Norway has been pretty impressive so far in this World Cup. They easily defeated Nigeria and then performed admirably against host France. What's even more impressive about that is that they are getting the job done without star striker Ada Hegerberg, who decided to skip the World Cup due to her feelings about the treatment of women by the Norwegian Football Federation. The job's not done yet, though, since they may need to get all three points from this game to make it into the Round of 16.
Key Players for Norway:
Maren Mjelde - Mjelde is important for Norway in this game for multiple reasons. First off, she plays a key role in the middle of the team's defense, so she'll have to stop what should be an aggressive South Korean side. Secondly, she is the top free kick specialist for Norway, so her distribution from spot kicks could also be a big factor in this one.
Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland - After not getting the start in the loss against France, Karlseng Utland will be itching to show why she deserves to be Norway's number one up front. She was able to score one of Norway's three goals in their opening match and she now has a total of 15 goals in her 43 international appearances.
Who will win tonight's South Korea/Norway World Cup game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take South Korea +472
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