Wales are back in international action on Thursday night as they welcome South Korea to the Cardiff City Stadium for a friendly.
Wales v South Korea odds
Thursday night’s friendly is set to be a tight affair if the odds are anything to go by. Betfair have priced Wales as the marginal favourites on home soil at 13/10, while visitors South Korea can be backed at 7/4 for a win on the road.
A draw is priced at 17/10.
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Wales v South Korea preview
Wales’ Euro 2024 qualifying campaign went off the rails over the last qualifying campaign back in June, and will be desperate to get back to winning ways in Thursday’s match before their next qualifier on next Monday.
The Dragons’ qualification for next summer’s Euros in Germany got off to an almost perfect start, grabbing a tough draw away at the home of last winter’s World Cup’s third placed finishers Croatia, before beating Latvia 1-0 to leave them in a commanding position.
However, back to back defeats in June, first at home to Armenia, then away at Turkey, have left Rob Page’s men in an undesirable position ahead of their next qualifier in Latvia next Monday night.
Ahead of the current international break, Wales sit fourth in Group D with four points from as many games, with only the top two teams qualifying for Germany next year.
The Dragons are currently level on points with Croatia in the group, though they’ve played twice as many games, and two points behind Turkey, who have played a game fewer, while Page’s men are five points shy of leaders Turkey.
South Korea have only played in friendlies since their World Cup campaign came to an end with a 4-1 defeat to Brazil at the Round of 16 stage in December last year, with the side preparing for next year’s Asia Cup which starts in January next year.
Since that defeat to the five-time world champions in Qatar, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken charge of the team, and has overseen four friendlies, all at home, resulting in two draws and two defeats.
Draws against Colombia and El Salvador and losses to Uruguay and Peru have not been the best preparation for their 2026 World Cup qualifiers, which start in November, and their Asia Cup campaign in Qatar at the start of next year.
But Klinsmann and co will be hoping that a win in Cardiff over Wales, before their meeting with Saudi Arabia in Newcastle on Tuesday night, will leave the Taegeuk Warriors in good stead ahead of a crucial turn of the year.
Thursday night’s match will be the first time the two nations have ever met on the senior international stage, with the two managers also never having met before.
Wales v South Korea betting tips
With not much to separate the sides in terms of odds or rankings (Wales 35, South Korea 28), a draw could be sensible bet for Thursday night’s match, and Betfair are offering 5/1 odds of a 1-1 draw.
South Korea’s Son Heung-Min joins up with his national as captain having bagged a hat trick in Tottenham’s 5-2 win over Burnley on the weekend, and the winger can be backed at 23/10 to find the back of the net in Cardiff on Thursday.
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How to watch Wales v South Korea
- Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
- Date and time: Thursday 7 September 2023, 7:45pm
- How to watch: S4C, BBC iPlayer, S4C Online, Viaplay Sports Online
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