Preview: South Korea vs. Colombia – prediction, team news, lineups

Following their 2022 World Cup campaign South Korea will be back in action on Friday. When they face Colombia in an international friendly.

The visitors are undefeated in their previous three matches. While South Korea are looking to immediately get back to winning ways.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s era in charge of South Korea will get kick-started this week. As he takes charge of the national team for the first time since being named the new manager in February.

Preview: South Korea vs. Colombia – prediction, team news, lineups

The German coach will be hoping to start with a positive result. While the team itself will be keen to impress, making this an important game.

South Korea were impressive during the recent World Cup. Picking up four points during the group stage following a draw against Uruguay and a shock victory over Portugal.

While their run in the tournament came to an end during a forgettable 4-1 loss against. Brazil in the round of 16, the squad should have taken plenty of confidence from the performances.

Preview: South Korea vs. Colombia – prediction, team news, lineups

That is something they will be keen to showcase in the first match since that point. Which should make South Korea a genuine threat within this fixture.

However, the visitors are currently enjoying a three-match undefeated streak heading into Friday’s game. Which is a run they want to extend.

Colombia’s national team are notorious for their hard-working attitude on the pitch. That is clear from their recent defensive performances.

The Los Cafeteros have been able to keep a trio of consecutive clean sheets heading into this game, and that side of their game is going to be needed against strong offensive opponents.

Colombia’s most recent match saw them play out a goalless draw against USA, and while it continued their recent undefeated run, more attacking quality will be needed this time out.

With Colombia not being part of the World Cup, the team has had a longer break than their opponents, but that should only make them keener to get onto the pitch to get back on track.

Celtic’s Oh Hyeon-gyu received a call-up for this international break, and the striker will offer something fresh to the team as he has only made one appearance for the team so far.

One aspect of the South Korean team that is unlikely to change is the ever-present Son Heung-min, who will be expected to feature heavily during Klinsmann’s era.

Jhon Duran is an exciting prospect for Colombia and he has been able to showcase glimpses of his quality since joining Aston Villa, and a friendly could be a good chance to give him more minutes.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the field Alvaro Montero is likely to retain his place in goal due to the strong defensive performances of the team lately.

South Korea possible starting lineup:
Seung-gyu; Moon-hwan, Kyung-won, Young-gwon, Jin-su; In-beom, Woo-young; Hee-chan, Kang-in, Heung-min; Gue-sung

Colombia possible starting lineup:
Montero; Fabra, Llinas, Perez, Mosquera; Campuzano; Ruiz, Catano, Velasquez; Duran, Hernandez