The AFC Asian Cup is now only days away from kicking off and most teams are already in the middle east preparing. South Korea will play one warmup friendly as they take on another one of the favorites Saudi Arabia on New Years Eve. Here is our preview and prediction for this AFC International Friendly;

South Korea v Saudi Arabia – Preview & Prediction

Who: South Korea vs. Saudi Arabia
When: December 31st at 8pm (Local Time) / 1am on January 1st (Korea Time)
Where: Baniyas Stadium in Abu Dhabi

This game will provide a tough test for both sides heading into a competition that both could win. However being so close to the opening game, neither side will be going full force. Some key players could be rested giving some other members of the squad the chance to shine.

H2H Record:

South Korea 2
Draws 2
Saudi Arabia 2

The last game between these nations was a friendly four years ago which South Korea won 2-0. Lee Jeong-hyeop scored the winner that day.

Prediction:

Overall the weather will be pretty hot and it was be a close, but maybe slow game. I see it ending in a draw with both sides gaining a little match fitness.

South Korea 1-1 Saudi Arabia

Finally

Any thoughts, comments or questions. Feel free to comment below or message me via Twitter.

Tim
tim@modernseoul.org
@tpbarnes86

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