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World Cup 2018 Sweden v Korea Republic: Kick-Off Time, Head-To-Head, Predictions, Players To Watch

News by Rob Williams Published on 18 Jun,2018 Updated on 18 Jun,2018

With defending champions, Germany losing in the Group F game, Sweden and the Korea Republic are well aware for their opening match at the 2018 World Cup that could well decide their future in the competition.

Sweden is having their first World Cup match after the 12-year long gap from the tournament. The squad made their return at the 2018 World Cup, without their talisman of the last decade, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As for the South Koreans, who are embarking on their tenth World Cup campaign, they have a very clear objective: to improve on their performance in Brazil four years ago, when they collected a solitary point in the group stage and went home early.

Kick-Off Time

Sweden and the Korea Republic is having their first match at 1 pm GMT (11 am U.S. time) at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

CAPTION: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia SOURCE: FIFA

Head To Head

Sweden and the Korea Republic are having their first ever match in the history of World Cup.

Formation

Sweden made their first World Cup appearance in 1934 and has made eleven FIFA appearances and six European Championships.

Sweden

Best Player

CAPTION: Emil Foresberg SOURCE: Bundesliga

Emil Forsberg. The 26-year-old winger is an impressive, speedy and clinical player who will see the ball plenty. He's done well at Red Bull Leipzig since his move from Malmo in 2013 and already has 36 caps with the national team. He'll be counted on as the creator in the attack.

Player to watch

CAPTION: John Guidetti SOURCE: Onefootball

John Guidetti. The former Manchester City man hasn't lived up to some high expectations. He had one good season on loan at Feyenoord but other than that has been inconsistent. He's strong and good in the air, but it feels like there is a shortage of confidence.

Korea Republic

Best Player

CAPTION: Son Heung-min SOURCE: talksports

Son Heung-min of Tottenham. The 25-year-old striker is a fantastic, improving player that has made a splash in the Premier League since arriving from Leverkusen in 2015. Not a full-time starter, he's got 47 goals in 139 matches for the club, scoring 21 in 2016-17 and 18 goals last season. And he's no poacher. He can create for himself, has fine speed and can finish from the toughest of angles. He's a potential breakout star this summer.

Player to watch

CAPTION: Hwang Hee-chan SOURCE: HITC

Hwang Hee-chan. The 22-year-old striker has done well in limited time at Red Bull Salzburg, but he's already got 56 matches under his belt at the team since 2015. He is small, quick, smart and already has shown some serious flashes.

Line-Ups

# Sweden # Korea Republic
1 OLSEN   H W JO
6 AUGUSTINSSON   J H PARK
4 GRANQVIST   Y G KIM
  JANSSON   H S JANG
  LUSTIG   Y LEE
  CLAESSON   J C KOO
  LARSSON   S Y KI
  EKDAL   J S LEE
  FORSBERG   H M SON
  BERG   S W KIM
  TOIVONEN   H C HWANG

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