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Brazil vs South Korea preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Mohamed Moallim

Brazil vs South Korea preview: teams news, TV info and all you need to know

Published: 10:31, 17 November 2019

Brazil and South Korea meet for an international friendly in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

It will be their sixth clash between each other with all of those contests taking place outside the competitive arena.

South Korea has already begun their qualification campaign to reach the 2022 World Cup and will hope to pick up a big scalp.

Brazil, meanwhile, are looking to rebound after narrowly losing 1-0 to arch-rivals Argentina.

Read on for Brazil v South Korea predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Brazil vs South Korea and where can I watch live?

Competition: Details

Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Kick-off: 1:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Brazil vs South Korea

12 Oct 2013: South Korea 0-2 Brazil (International friendly)

20 Nov 2002: South Korea 2-3 Brazil (International friendly)

28 Mar 1999: South Korea 1-0 Brazil (International friendly)

10 Aug 1997: South Korea 1-2 Brazil (International friendly)

12 Aug 1995: South Korea 0-1 Brazil (International friendly)

Aggregate Score: Brazil (WWLWW) 8-4 South Korea (LLWLL)

Ones to watch

Brazil: Arthur

Brazil will expect to dominate possession, so it’s a good job they have a metronome in central midfield. Arthur was unfortunate not to be part of their World Cup squad last summer but has since become a regular fixture under Tite. His ability to distribute and control a game’s tempo saw Barcelona prize him away from Gremio with those abilities greatly aiding the five-time world champions of late.

Key stat: Arthur is averaging 67.6 passes per 90 minutes in La Liga this season.

South Korea: Heung-min Son

Son is arguably South Korea’s biggest football idol since Park Ji-sung and the Spurs forward continues to get better with each passing season. Verging on undroppable for his club side, the Chuncheon-born footballer at international level wears the captain’s armband and will be the Red Devils’ biggest goalscoring threat.

Key stat: Son is averaging 1.6 chances created per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Team news


Fabinho, Philippe Coutinho, Marquinhos and Richarlison are just four players who are pushing to return to Tite’s starting lineup having all started on the bench in that 1-0 loss against Argentina.

Predicted XI: Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Militão, Sandro; Casemiro, Paquetá, Arthur; Jesus, Firmino, Willian.

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South Korea

Paulo Bento is expected to use this fixture to really see where his South Korea side are so expect a near full-strength team with RB Leipzig forward Hee-chan Hwang potentially an inclusion after coming off the bench in their recet goalless draw at Lebanon.

Predicted XI: Seung-gyu Kim; Yong Lee, Jung, Jin-su Kim, Young-gwon Kim; Jae-sung Lee, In-beom Hwang, Min-jae Kim, Nam; Heung-min Son, Ui-jo Hwang

Squawka prediction

No matter what team Tite fields in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, it should be good enough to overcome South Korea – though they’ll no doubt pose questions to world football’s most iconic national team

Scoreline prediction: Brazil 2-1 South Korea