|On Wednesday afternoon, Germany and South Korea clash in Group F of the World Cup, with the world champions in need of a crucial victory.
South Korea are still in with a slim chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition, despite suffering defeat in both their group games so far at Russia 2018.
For the Asian side to make the last 16, they would need to record a big win in this clash and hope Mexico to see off Sweden in the other game in the group.
A South Korea win seems unlikely, as the Asian team have been in poor form of late, losing four of their last five international games. Scoring goals have been a problem for Shin Tae-Yong’s side recently, as they have scored just once in their previous four games. They also have a poor recent record at the World Cup, having failed to win in their last eight finals games.
Germany are currently second place in the group courtesy of a late 2-1 win over Sweden last time out after a 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening group game.
A win may not even be enough for the world champions to advance, as Die Mannschaft still need to better Sweden’s result to make sure of qualification.
Joachim Low’s side has an uncharacteristically poor recent international record, winning just twice in their last eight matches. However, those two wins have been in their previous three games, which means their form may be starting to improve.
Germany have suffered just one defeat in their last ten games at the World Cup, mainly due to lifting the trophy in Brazil four years ago.
The world champions should have too much quality for their Asian opponents. Sportseconds predicts that Joachim Low’s side will record a victory in a low scoring game.