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South Korea vs Ghana Prediction – 2022 World Cup

Sean Fenech
November 22, 2022
Modified: November 22, 2022

The 30th match of the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup will see South Korea take on Ghana on the 28th of November. This game will be played at the Education City Stadium at 13:00 GMT. Both of these teams are considered to be the minnows of this difficult group, so it is likely that the losing team will end up having a very slim chance of making it through to the knockout stages. But who will go on to take the points? Read our South Korea vs Ghana prediction and our World Cup 2022 predictions for this game will be revealed.

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Our South Korea vs Ghana prediction: South Korea to win.

South Korea Preview

South Korea are currently ranked by FIFA as the 28th best side in the world and the third best side in the AFC region. Since October 2021, South Korea has been in some top forming, winning 12, drawing 3, and losing just 2 of their last 17 matches. However, these defeats were a 5-1 demolition at the hands of Brazil and a 3-0 defeat to Japan, so this might have some South Korean fans concerned a little bit, and might have football betting fans thinking about betting on Ghana to finish bottom of Group H.

South Korea World Cup History

Before 1986, South Korea only participated in one World Cup. This was the 1954 edition where they were eliminated after only two games, losing 7-0 to Turkey and 9-0 to Hungary. They managed to get back on the World Stage for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and this started an impressive run of nine World Cup appearances in a row, and their showing at Qatar will increase the sequence to ten.

While South Korea have only managed to make it out of the group stage twice, they did manage to make it to the semi-finals back of the World Cup that they hosted in 2002. In the group stage they managed to beat Portugal and Poland, and then they knocked out both Spain and Italy in the knockout rounds. However, if truth be told, there were some very questionable refereeing decisions in those matches, and a number of football predictions would have been messed up because of them.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

Since South Korea were ranked as the third best Asian team, they got themselves a bye into the Second Round. In this round the comfortably topped the group, finishing 6 points ahead of Lebanon in second, scoring 22 goals and only conceding 1. In the Third Round, South Korea finished in second place behind Iran and claimed an automatic spot at Qatar.

Below is a table of the results that South Korea mustered in order to book themselves a plane to the 2022 Qatar World Cup:

Date Match Final Score Winner
10th September 2019 Turkmenistan vs South Korea 0-2 South Korea
10th October 2019 South Korea vs Sri Lanka 8-0 South Korea
14th November 2019 Lebanon vs South Korea 0-0 Draw
5th June 2021 South Korea vs Turkmenistan 5-0 South Korea
9th June 2021 Sri Lanka vs South Korea 0-5 South Korea
13th June 2021 South Korea vs Lebanon 2-1 South Korea
2nd September 2021 South Korea vs Iraq 0-0 Draw
7th September 2021 South Korea vs Lebanon 1-0 South Korea
7th October 2021 South Korea vs Syria 2-1 South Korea
12th October 2021 Iran vs South Korea 1-1 Draw
11th November 2021 South Korea vs UAE 1-0 South Korea
16th November 2021 Iraq vs South Korea 0-3 South Korea
27th January 2022 Lebanon vs South Korea 0-1 South Korea
1st February 2022 Syria vs South Korea 0-2 South Korea
24th March 2022 South Korea vs Iran 2-0 South Korea
29th March 2022 UAE vs South Korea 1-0 UAE

South Korea Players to Watch

South Korea’s squad is made up of a handful of well-known players, and below we have picked out three to keep an eye on at this World Cup:

  • Son Heung-Min: It is fair to say that Son had a challenging beginning to the 2022/23 English Premier League campaign, but a couple of weeks ago he showed us all the skill that he possesses by scoring an incredible second-half hat-trick against Leicester in a 6-2 win. In addition to this, he won the Golden Boot last season, so finding the back of the net is no issue for him. He is his country’s talisman with 33 goals in 102 matches, and during qualification he notched up eight goals
  • Kim Min-Jae: The centre-back will be looking to be the rock for South Korea at the Qatar World Cup, and he is just one of the few squad members that plays in Europe. During 2021/22 he had a very good season with Fenerbache, and this convinced Napoli to by him for just over €18 million. He has been a main part in helping his team to the top of the Serie A with a very healthy points cushion
  • Lee Kang-in: Some might argue that his career has stalled lately ever since he moved to Mallorca from Valencia in 2021. However, he is still a very good footballer as can be seen from the fact that he won Asian Football Confederation’s Young Footballer of the Year back in 2019. In that same year, he also won the Golden Boot at the FIFA U-20. We look forward to seeing him show off his talent in Qatar

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While Ghana were ranked as the seventh best team ahead of the qualifying draw, they have since slipped down to 11th according to the latest FIFA World Rankings. In addition to this, they have also dropped 10 places in the overall rankings, leaving them in 60th place. This is because they have had a pretty shocking 2022 where they have won just one game from 11, which was a 3-0 win over Madagascar in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Ghana are the underdogs in the group and are only expected to play three matches at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. They are going to have to work very hard just to avoid finishing bottom of the group.

Ghana World Cup History

The Qatar World Cup will be just the fourth time that Ghana have made it to the WC Finals, although these four appearances have come at the last five tournaments dating back to 2006. Before this date, Ghana either failed to qualify or chose not to enter.

In the 2006 edition in Germany, Ghana managed to upset the odds by defeating the United States and the Czech Republic as they managed to progress from their group before they were knocked out by Brazil in the knockout stage. However, their finest hour at a World Cup came in 2010 in South Africa, when they beat Australia and Serbia to make it to the Round of 16 before knocking out the USA to book a quarter-final spot. They then took on Uruguay, and it looked like they had won it at the death, but a deliberate handball from Luiz Suarez on the line stopped the ball from going in.

Asamoah Gyan still had a chance to win the game from the spot, but his penalty hit the bar, and Uruguay won a penalty shootout – they say cheats do not prosper.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

As we said, Ghana were the seventh best African team when the qualifying draw was made, which meant that they were awarded a bye into Round 2. They managed to edge a really tight group, with both them and South Africa finishing with 13 points each – they even had the same goal difference, which meant that Ghana made it through to the next stage due to the fact that they had scored one more goal.

They then had to take on Nigeria for a spot in Qatar, and many expected the Nigerians to win pretty comfortably. In the first leg of the tie they drew 0-0, and the second leg finished 1-1, meaning that Ghana qualified for the 2022 World Cup on the away goal rule.

Below is a table of the matches that Ghana played in order to qualify:

Date Match Final Score Winner
3rd September 2021 Ghana vs Ethiopia 1-0 Ghana
6th September 2021 South Africa vs Ghana 1-0 South Africa
9th October 2021 Ghana vs Zimbabwe 3-1 Ghana
12th October 2021 Zimbabwe vs Ghana 0-1 Ghana
11th November 2021 Ethiopia vs Ghana 1-1 Ghana
14th November 2021 Ghana vs South Africa 1-0 Ghana
25th March 2022 Ghana vs Nigeria 0-0 Draw
29th June 2022 Nigeria vs Ghana 1-1 Draw

Ghana Players to Watch

A good number of Ghana’s stars play in Europe, representing some top clubs such as Ajax, Arsenal, and Sporting Lisbon. Below are three players to keep an eye on at the World Cup:

  • Thomas Partey: We will begin with their influential midfielder, who has made 40 appearances for his country to date. He is a box-to-box midfielder that has an eye for goal, as can be seen from his goal against Nigeria that sent Ghana to Qatar. In addition to this, he is not afraid to put in a tackle which helps out his team an awful lot
  • Tariq Lamptey: While he is yet to appear for his country, if he gets given the chance to play at Qatar then we think he could be a star for Ghana. The Brighton and Hove Albion player has excelled courtesy of his trickery and electric pace. He definitely has bags of talent and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do on the world stage
  • Jordan Ayew: While he is not the most prolific of strikers, he plays a major role in Ghana’s attack, linking the midfield with the attack. In 81 international matches, he has score 19 times, although he did not find the back of the net during the WC Qualifiers. Regardless of this, he has bags of experience and this could prove to be crucial, especially when Ghana have quite the young squad

South Korea vs Ghana Betting Odds

At Betiton you can make use of some top WC 2022 betting odds for a variety of markets. Below we are going to provide you with the odds that are on offer for two very popular World Cup bets: Match winner and Over/Under 2.5 goals.

Match Winner

South Korea to Win Ghana to Win Draw
2.47 2.93 2.91

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 Goals Under 2.5 Goals
2.42 1.48

Who Will Win? South Korea vs Ghana Prediction

As our World Cup betting odds suggest, there really is not a huge difference in quality between these two teams, but there is a big difference in form, and this could end up being vital when they take to the field. We are not expecting a goal fest in this game, but our South Korea vs Ghana prediction is that South Korea will pick up the win and keep their World Cup dreams alive in what really is a very tricky group.

Our South Korea vs Ghana prediction: South Korea to win.

Our South Korea vs Ghana Betting Tips

If you are going to be making any World Cup predictions for this match, then one of our World Cup tips is that you should put your money on a cheeky 1-0 win for South Korea. This will definitely be a low-scoring game, so if you are not comfortable putting your money on a South Korea win when doing some online sports betting, you should think about going for the Under 2.5 betting market.

Sean Fenech

Content Writer at Betiton™

Sean has been writing casino and iGaming content ever since 2018. Moreover, he is also an alumnus of the University of Malta, having graduated with an M.A. in English in 2020. Finally, he also manages the Betiton Medium blog, where he publishes research into the history of popular casino games. You can access this blog here: https://betiton.medium.com/

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