Match number 12 of FIFA World Cup 2018 is scheduled to be played between two highly unpredictable underdog teams which makes it an interesting game to watch. On one hand, we have Sweden which failed to qualify for the 2014 edition of the tournament, and on the other, we have South Korea which is going to play its ninth consecutive world cup. Overall, Sweden has played in a world cup tournament eleven times with their best performance coming in 1958 when they managed to reach the final, but, lost eventually. South Korea’s best world cup performance came in the 2002 tournament which they had jointly hosted with Japan and managed to reach the Semi-Final before bowing out to Germany.
South Korea will be making their ninth consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup when they kick-off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Sweden at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on 18th June 2018. Both sides will be desperate to bag all three points as that will give them a headstart in the race for the knockout stages. With Germany and Mexico being the other two sides in Group F, it will be more than necessary for both the sides to make the most of their first game if they are to qualify for the knockout stages. On paper, 19th placed Sweden do look a lot stronger than their 58th ranked opponents.
For the fans, it will be the first of three games that will keep up their quota of FIFA World Cup action satisfied on 18th June. Sweden’s defense is their strength, and it will be a tough task for Heung-min Son and Co to find the back of their net. Simply put, it will be more of Sweden’s defense against South Korea’s attack. Fans will be in for some end to end football as both sides will look to score and make a strong statement early in the tournament. To ensure no fan misses out on any action from this impelling encounter, we’ve got a guide covering everything from schedule to live stream to keep you well ahead of your calendar.
Sweden 1 South Korea 0
How to Watch Online
Fans from Sweden are least likely to have a live stream for watching their first game against South Korea as their official broadcasters, SVT and TV4 are not expected to have a live stream available. South Korea’s supporters will be having a live stream available on their official broadcaster SBS Sports’ official website. The other official broadcasters will have a live stream available on their respective websites. Sony will live stream the match on its app Sony LIV. beIN Sports, Sky Sports, DirecTV, FOX Sports will have a live stream available on both their app and website.
Sweden vs South Korea Fox Live Coverage
FOX Sports will be streaming the match between Sweden and South Korea on its live stream channel dedicated entirely to 2018 FIFA World Cup. Fans from Sweden and other countries where no official live stream channel is available can opt for using VPN Gateways and get access to any of the official live stream channel available. The ones who are fed up with the fuss created by cables can opt for any sticky bundle from amongst DirecTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, or fuboTV. A guide on how to use sticky packages and VPN Gateways can be found on one of our previous posts.
The best live stream links will be updated here a short while before the match’s start. We suggest you visit this page prior to the match time to enjoy Sweden vs Korea football match.
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The second game of Group F between Sweden and South Korea will be played at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on 18th June 2018 at 15:00 local time. The stadium is amongst the ones being newly built solely for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is expected to seat around 44,899 people. Post the 2018 FIFA World Cup; the stadium will host the home matches for FC Olympiyets Nizhny Novgorod in the Russian Premier League.
Match: Sweden Vs Korea
Date: 18th June 2018 (Monday)
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium at Nizhny Novgorod
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2018
Kickoff time: 3 PM Local Time
Get full schedule and groups for World Cup Football here.
Sweden will be having quite a few big names to look up to going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup. South Korea won’t have too many big names and will rely heavily on their key man, Heung-min Son, who has been in some superb form for his English Club, Tottenham Hotspurs. The Swedish side will pin their hopes on their star-studded defense line up who have made a mark all over the world with their rock solid performances. Here is a look at how the two may line up in their first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Confirmed Sweden Squad
Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin.
South Korea Squad
Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan.
The official broadcast of the game between Sweden and South Korea will begin exactly an hour before the kick-off at 14:00 local time on 18th June 2018. Until Kick-off, an extensive hour-long preview show will be broadcasted on most of the channels. The preview show might as well have a talk or two about the next games on the same day. FOX Sports, DirecTV, Canal+, and Sony are all expected to come up with an even more extensive preview show that might start two hours before the kick-off.
The list of official broadcasters can be checked to see which channel will be broadcasting the game in your country. beIN Sports will also be having an Arabic review show with its Arabian panel of experts. BBC and ITV will have two different broadcasts for the fans across the UK with English legends bound to feature in their respective panel of experts.
The sale of tickets was first started exclusively on FIFA’s official website. With less than 100 days left, resellers have also been authorized now to sell the tickets for the game between Sweden and South Korea. Ticket prices start from around $100 for entry into the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, and entire packages can also be bought via StubHub, TicketBis, and Viagogo. The packages range from $150-$300 depending on what it covers.
Who will win?
Despite Sweden being a much stronger side than their opponents on paper, it won’t be easy for them to score. South Korea has made it through the qualifications by their strong defense. Thus, our final score prediction is Sweden 0-0 South Korea.