After wins over Ghana and Uruguay in their opening two games, Fernando Santos’ side look in good shape to go deep into the knockout rounds, with Cristiano Ronaldo firing for his country despite an acrimonious exit from Manchester United on the eve of the finals.
Heung-min Son is the driving force behind South Korea’s chances, but the Tottenham star hasn’t been fully fit and firing, with his team collecting just one point from their opening two encounters. They need to beat Portugal to have a shot at the last 16.
Here’s all you need to know about the match...
Date, kick-off time and venue
South Korea and Portugal meet at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan today, December 2, 2022, the final day of group stage fixtures.
The game will kick off at 3pm, GMT.
Where to watch South Korea vs Portugal
TV channel: Viewers in the UK can tune into South Korea versus Portugal live and for free on BBC One, with coverage starting at 2.30pm.
Live stream: The game will also be available to stream live online via the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.
Live coverage: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s live match blog.
South Korea vs Portugal team news
South Korea: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Moon-hwan, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su, Lee Jae-sung, Lee Kang-in, Jeong Woo-yeong, Hwang In-beom, Son Heung-min, Cho Gue-sung.
Portugal: Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Antonio Silva, Joao Cancelo, Matheus Nunes, Ruben Neves, Vitinha, Joao Mario, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Horta.
South Korea vs Portugal prediction
Son and company have looked a little out of sorts in this tournament so far, failing to get going against Uruguay and leaving themselves with too much work to do against Ghana.
Santos may well ring the changes to rest some of his Portugal stars, but they have the squad depth that should mean they’ll have too much. Portugal to cruise to a third successive group victory and lay down something of a marker to their knockout stage rivals.
Standard Sport predicts: 2-0 Portugal
Head to head (h2h) history and results
South Korea wins: 1
Portugal wins: 0
These two nations have only met once before, with South Korea winning a group stage clash at the 2002 World Cup, which they hosted.
South Korea vs Portugal match odds
South Korea win: 4/1
Portugal win: 8/13
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).