South Korea vs. Brazil: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
The road to the World Cup continues for Brazil and South Korea.
Brazil received an automatic place as host of next summer's marquee event while South Korea officially punched their ticket earlier in the year by finishing second in their AFC qualifying group.
Neymar has helped spark a run of tremendous form by the Selecao, but his status for the friendly remains up in the air after suffering a hip injury in training. A report from the Associated Press states he's expected to recover in time after some initial doubt.
On the other side, South Korea are looking to bounce back after some poor play in recent months. The Taegeuk Warriors have won just two of their past nine matches dating back to early June. They must find a way to elevate their level of play before next summer.
Let's check out all the important viewing information for the high-profile friendly, followed by a closer look at the top storyline and a match prediction.
What's your prediction for the friendly?
Where: Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea
When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 a.m. ET (12 p.m. BST)
Watch: BT Sport 1
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
Match Odds (via Bovada)
South Korea: +700
Top Storyline: Can Brazil continue to showcase top form as the World Cup inches closer?
Early in 2013, Brazil were going through a rough patch. They came out on top in just one of their first six matches of the year and theirs did not look like a squad ready for the spotlight. But the Selecao were able to turn things around in time for the Confederations Cup.
They defeated France in a friendly and then swept through the World Cup warm-up event without dropping a match. The extremely impressive run including marquee victories over Italy, Uruguay and, in the final, Spain.
The combination of Neymar and Fred, who's currently sidelined by a thigh injury, provided a major spark to the attack. After a brief lull, Brazil once again looked like a World Cup threat during the run and now must find a way to maintain that form.
That's why these friendlies are important. Since the Selecao didn't have to go through qualifying, they lack the experience that comes with playing in key matches, so it comes down to treating normally mundane friendlies as important fixtures.
South Korea, even while going through a rough patch of their own, should be a good test. Theirs a World Cup squad that's desperate to start playing better football and will certainly be using Brazil as a measuring stick. So both sides should be motivated.
That's exactly the type of match Brazil needs leading up to next summer.
Neymar's availability will have a major impact on the outcome, of course. If he's able to shake off the hip injury to start the match, Brazil will be in much better shape when it comes to picking up the road victory. Without him, it's more of a toss up.
Assuming Neymar plays, South Korea have shown very little in recent months to believe they would be able to keep pace with an in-form opponent of Brazil's caliber. Expect the Selecao to keep their hot streak alive with another triumph.
Brazil 3, South Korea 1
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