Australia v South Korea: Focus on Lee at 3s in Asian Cup QF

A balloon replica of the AFC Asian Cup at the tournament's opening ceremony
The AFC Asian Cup has reached the quarter-final stage

The Asian Cup quarter-finals get under way on Friday and and our football props column has a 3/1 shot for the blockbuster between Australia and South Korea...

Australia v South Korea
Friday February 2
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We're getting down to the business end of the Asian Cup with the quarter-finals beginning on Friday.

The second of them is a real blockbuster with World Cup regulars Australia and South Korea going head-to-head.

Korea start clear favourites at a shade of odds-against and it's one of their stars I'm going to focus on here.

Leg 1: Kang-in Lee to score or assist

While Heung-min Son grabs a lot of the headlines, certainly in the UK, Kang-in Lee has been playing a big role in Korea's success of late too.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has scored seven goals in his last eight international starts, including three at the Asian Cup, while he's also got four assists in his last seven.

Usually found on the right-hand side of the attack, Lee has delivered a spectacular amount of crosses in Qatar so far - 48 in four matches, a figure which puts him 21 clear of his closest rival.

That's a great stat for those considering the assist market but the preference here is to back Lee to score or assist at 21/10 - he's landed this in seven of his last eight starts for Korea.

Of course, the level of opposition is higher than in many of those games but we don't really know how good this Aussie side is.

They've eased through without facing anyone of Korea's class. Indonesia were perhaps the weakest of the last-16 nations, while when they did face another of the quarter-finalists in the group stage, Graham Arnold's side could only draw 1-1 with Uzbekistan.

Leg 2: Kang-in Lee 1+ shot on target

In short, I like Korea's chances of being the side on the front foot in this one and if that is the case, Lee should create or have chances.

The Taegeuk Warriors have had the most shots (and shots on target) in the competition so far and to boost the price up further, I'm also going to add Lee for 1+ shot on target.

Seven of his 11 shots at the tournament have been on target and he's had at least one in every game.

Lee has long been a player with a high percentage of shot accuracy - I remember a great run he had landing the 1+ SOT target bet during his days at Mallorca - and adding this option using the Bet Builder tool takes the price to 3/14.00.

Back Kang-in Lee to score or assist & have 1+ shot on target @ around 3/14.00

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Column P/L 2023/24

Staked: 165pts
Returned: 181.14pts
P/L: +16.14pts

2022/23 P/L: +68.69pts

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