Colombia and South Korea finally get their respective Women’s World Cup campaigns underway on Tuesday when the two sides meet in what should be an entertaining affair at the Sydney Football Stadium.
The South American side are making their third appearance at a World Cup, while this summer’s event Down Under will be South Korea’s fourth.
With Germany and Morocco the other two teams in Group H both Colombia and South Korea will feel they are fighting it out to come second, with the Germans expected to top the standings, especially having dished out a 6-0 thrashing to Morocco on Monday.
Colombia boss Nelson Abadia should have a fully-fit squad to choose from on Tuesday, with no injuries reported in the build-up.
Real Madrid star Linda Caicedo will look to make a name for herself on the biggest stage, with the 18-year-old expected to start on the wing.
South Korea’s squad are also injury-free ahead of kick-off and fans of the WSL will get to see former Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun start alongside Tottenham midfielder Cho So-hyun in the middle of the park.
Draw @ 15/8
There have only been two draws so far at the Women’s World Cup, but it looks like it will be tough to split these two sides.
Colombia qualified for the World Cup with ease, reaching the final of the Copa America Femenina, only to lose 1-0 to Brazil. After proving they are the second-best team in South America, plenty is expected of Abadia’s team, but they have had less than ideal preparation.
They have only played three times since April, while South Korea have won three on the spin, albeit against lesser opposition.
When South Korea have stepped up to face better opposition, they have lost to Italy, Belgium and England, so it is hard to judge where they are at ahead of Tuesday’s encounter.
The safe play would suggest a draw is likely, especially with both teams eager to avoid defeat in their quest to finish behind Germany.
Both teams to score @ 11/10
While we expect the scoreline to be even, both sides have shown they are very capable in front of goal.
With Caicedo and Catalina Usme in Colombia’s ranks, they are capable of scoring each and every match and have done so in 14 successive games in all competitions.
South Korea have scored 12 in three, while both teams to score has landed in five of their previous seven international contests.