A confident Indian team unbeaten in the Asia Cup so far shall start as overwhelming favorites against an under-performing but tricky South Korean opponent in their first match of the Super 4s stage of the hockey tournament in Dhaka on Wednesday.
India, who topped the pool A by winning all their matches has looked to be the most dominating team in the tournament so far in all aspects of the game.
Korea, on the other hand, looked below par from usually high standards as they finished second in Pool B behind the ever-improving Malaysia.
Playing under a new chief coach Sjoerd Marijne, the Indians have produced some splendid hockey all through the tournament displaying beautiful one-touch hockey, which they are known for.
The Indian strike force comprising Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadahay and Chinglensana Singh has been the most impressive, scoring field goals at will with their deft stick work.
The defense line have been successful in thwarting opposition attacks and remained watchful guard of Amit Rohidas, Harmanpreet Singh and young Dipsan Tirkey.
What would be a matter of concern for Marijne is the penalty corner conversion rate even though Harmanpreet has been on target on a few occasions.
India would start as favorites to win the match after being in all-conquering in the group stages so far registering a 5-1 win over Japan, thrashing Bangladesh 7-0 and handing arch-rivals Pakistan a 3-1 defeat.
In terms of world rankings as well, the Indians have the upper hand. While India are placed sixth in the world, Korea occupy the 13th spot.