International Friendlies Betting Tips: Previews, Predictions & Odds

By Ben Gray

Published: June 8, 2022 10:12 p.m.

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Republic of Korea vs Paraguay

ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA – OCTOBER 07: Son Heung-Min of South Korea celebrates after the team’s second goal during the Group A match of the Asian Qualifiers Final Round for FIFA World Cup between South Korea South and Syria at Ansan Wa Stadium on October 07, 2021 in Ansan, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

This is Korea Republic’s third friendly in the four-game window, and they will be looking for another win to boost their confidence.

So far this month, the Taegeuk Warriors have faced Brazil in which, despite being competitive for large games, they were ultimately beaten 5-1.

Then on Monday, Paulo Bento’s side regained that sense of victory by beating Chile 2-0 in Daejeon.

Hwang Hee-chan broke the deadlock before Son Heung-min’s superb free kick in stoppage time sealed the win.

On Tuesday, South Korea will conclude the window by taking on African heavyweights Egypt in Seoul.

Later this year, the Republic of Korea will take part in their 11th World Cup having qualified for all ten editions since Spain ’82.

In Qatar they will face Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal, so with a tough looking squad, preparation is key.

The visitors from Paraguay have played in eight World Cups in their history, but have not failed to qualify for three in a row.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side kicked off this Far East tour eight days ago, easily beaten 4-1 by Japan at the Sapporo Dome.

Thus, counting friendlies, the Guaraníes have won only five of their last 25 international matches.

So Korea Republic should easily win this one at Suwon World Cup Stadium.

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Japan v Ghana

(Top left to right) Ghana poses for a group photo during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 soccer match between Ghana and Tunisia at Ismailia Stadium in the Egyptian city on July 8, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Two teams with November’s World Cup on the horizon meet in this Kirin Cup semi-final in Kobe.

Japan have qualified for seven consecutive World Cups, reaching the round of 16 in 2002, 2010 and 2018.

So far this month, the Samurai Blue have already played two friendlies, beating Paraguay 4-1 before a narrow 1-0 loss to Brazil.

So, despite the loss in Tokyo on Monday, plenty of positives for Hajime Moriyasu who hopes his side will find their way back to victory here.

Ghana meanwhile book their ticket to Qatar in March by beating their Nigerian rivals in the play-off on away goals.

This means the Black Stars qualified for four World Cups, playing three World Cups in a row before missing out on Russia 2018.

Otto Addo’s side have contested two CAN 2023 qualifiers so far this month, with mixed results.

They first beat Madagascar 3-0, before a disappointing draw with the Central African Republic; Mohammed Kudus scored in both games.

In the Kirin Cup, the match for third place and the final will take place on Tuesday with Chile facing Tunisia in the other semi-final.

Japan will greatly appreciate their chances of reaching this final.

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Chile vs Tunisia

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 10: Players of Chile pose for an official photo before the match between Brazil and Chile for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Allianz Parque Stadium on October 10, 2017 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, at Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, Chile took on Tunisia.

Of the two, only Tunisia have a World Cup to look forward to after beating Mali 1-0 in the March play-offs.

This will be the Eagles of Carthage’s sixth appearance at the tournament, having never made it past the group stages to date.

So far this month, Jalel Kadri’s side have been in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, scoring four points on the board.

Tunisia demolished Equatorial Guinea 4-0 at home but then could not draw 0-0 in Freetown against minnows Botswana.

Chile’s opponents have failed to qualify for back-to-back World Cups, despite back-to-back Copa Americas wins in 2015 and 2016.

La Roja’s poor form continued in a friendly on Monday, losing 2-0 to Korea Republic in Daejeon.

Eduardo Berizzo has taken a largely inexperienced squad to Asia as preparations for the 2024 Copa América continue.

So, can Tunisia create a surprise?

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