Hong Jeong-Ho – CB – 60%
Central defender Hong Jeong-Ho had some fitness problems going into the previous match and although he started he did go off injured in the second half. This injury isn’t serious and he has joined in with some training. They will monitor him over the next couple of days and make a decision. Hwang Seok-Ho would be the replacement; his defending isn’t as reliable as Hongs.
Apart from that It is unlikely that they will make many if at all any unforced changes from the game against Russia.
Lee Keun-Ho came off the bench replacing Park Chu-Young in attack and scored putting himself in contention for a start here. Coach Hong may opt to use Lee from the bench again if they need a lift in the second half with Park’s ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play used from the start.
Goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong again looked shaky at times with his handling but it is unlikely that a change will be made in that position.
Bench (from): Kim Seung-Gyu GK, Lee Beom-Young GK, Kim Chang-Soo RB, Hwang Seok-Ho CB, Kwak Tae-Hwi CB, Park Joo-Ho LB, Park Jong-Woo DM, Ha Sae-Sung CM, Kim Bo-Kyung AM/CM, Ji Dong-Won ST, Kim Shin-Wook ST, Lee Keun-Ho ST
Tactical Keys to the Game:
Yebda – CM – 50%
Expected Team (4-2-3-1)
In their opening match against Belgium, Algeria used a 4-3-3. For this game, against more beatable opposition, they are expected to name a more offensive line-up.
The player most likely to drop out of the side is defensive midfielder Medjani. His job against Belgium was to provide protection for the back four. Algeria are more likely to use a two-man midfield this time. Bentaleb and Taider started against Belgium. They stand a good chance of keeping their places.
Algeria are likely to pick an attacking midfielder in place of Medjani. Brahimi is arguably the strongest contender. He can play on the wing or just behind the central strikers. His inclusion would make Algeria a 4-2-3-1 instead of a 4-3-3.
There could be a couple of other changes as the coach tries to find a winning formula. At right-back, Mostefa was picked ahead of Mandi against Belgium. Mandi is more effective going forward so he could get called up this time.
In attack, Slimani stands a reasonable chance of starting. He appeared as a substitute against Belgium, replacing Soudani. Slimani may be preferred to Soudani this time.
Bench (from): Si Mohamed GK, Zemmamouche GK, Mostefa RB/DM, Cadamuro CB, Belkalem CB, Mesbah LB, Medjani CB/DM, Lacen DM, Yebda CM, Djabou AM, Ghilas ST, Soudani ST
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South Korea (37) v Algeria (47), Sunday 22nd June 20:00 BST
South Korea picked up a point in their opener against Russia in a match where both teams looked happy to settle for a draw, but with Belgium still to come they should be targeting a win here. Algeria put up a good fight in their first game and with two winnable matches remaining they are in with an excellent chance of making it to the second round.
In a game of few chances last week it always looked like South Korea’s match against Russia would be decided by a keeper error and while Jung Sung-Ryong got away with it in that match we wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a mistake at some point.
With nine defeats in 19 games since June 2013, including losses to Iran, Japan and Tunisia, South Korea had little form as they came into these finals. Furthermore, they’ve kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 World Cup games and have won just one of their last five games against teams ranked 31- 60, with three defeats.
Algeria are likely to be more attacking here as they look to try and win the match after setting out for a draw last week. While their ranking has improved by 18 spots in the past year (and 27 in the last two years) South Korea’s has fallen eight places and they definitely had the better form leading up to the finals. Before their loss against Belgium the Desert Foxes had won 10 of their last 11 matches and they’ve also won five of their last six games against teams ranked 21-60.
South Korea have been installed as favourites but there wasn’t too much in their display against Russia to support that. Given the close nature of the group a draw is unlikely to end either team’s chances so while we expect both sides to attack more than in their openers we’ll keep the draw covered.