South Korea and Portugal clash off on Friday at the Education City Stadium for Matchday 3 of Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Check out here the expected lineups for this match.
The third matchday of the Qatar 2022 World Cup group stage sees South Korea and Portugal meet at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Take a look at the likely starting XIs for both teams in this third round match in Group H football.
Overall, this will be their second meeting together. Contrary to expectations, South Korea are favorites in head-to-head matches against Portugal, having already won one match against their rivals. To date, there hasn’t been one.
Their solitary meeting took place at the 2002 World Cup on 14 June and resulted in a shock 1-0 victory for the Koreans. When they finally meet again in the early rounds of this year’s World Cup, it promises to be an even more interesting encounter than the last time it happened.
South Korea probable lineup
Hwang Hee-chan, a forward for South Korea, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury so far in the tournament and is still considered questionable for Friday’s game. However, Napoli’s Kim Min-jae will start in the center of defense. Cho Gue-sung, who scored twice against Ghana in South Korea’s previous match, will start up front once again, while Kwon Chang-hoon is likely to keep his starting berth on the wing. Hwang In-beom ought to occupy one of the
South Korea possible starting XI:
Seung-gyu; Moon-hwan, Min-jae, Young-gwon, Jin-su; Woo-young, In-beom; Chang-hoon, Woo-yeong, Heung-min; Gue-sung.
Portugal probable lineup
Portuguese defender Nuno Mendes was taken off in the first half of Portugal’s last match against Uruguay and is thus ineligible for this one. Danilo is also out due to a broken rib, while Otavio’s status is uncertain due to the nagging ailment that kept him out of the last match against Uruguay.
The same starting eleven should take the field for the opening whistle of the second game, with the exception of Raphael Guerreiro replacing Mendes at left-back. Even if Milan forward Rafael Leao has impressed in both of his substitute outings so far, Fernandes should stick with the front two of Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix again.
Portugal possible starting XI:
Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Bernardo, Neves, Carvalho; Fernandes; Ronaldo, Felix.