Group B got under way with a pair of draws on Tuesday, so the permutations are endless heading into the second round of games. Following an impressive performance against USA, Korea DPR believe they can snatch the points against a powerful Nigeria side, buoyed by the emergence of a hungry new generation who are fast causing a stir on the international scene. The minimum target for the Super Falcons is to match the class of 1999's run to the quarter-finals.
Undaunted by the prospect of kicking off against one of the tournament favourites, Korea DPR had USA on the ropes in their first game and could well have bagged all three points. All the same, a 2-2 draw boosted their morale for the meeting with Nigeria, who had to fight hard for their point against Sweden. With their tireless running, the youthful and talented Africans will nevertheless prove a tough nut for the Koreans to crack.
Nigeria have no injuries or suspension worries and although Korea DPR will also be at full strength, striker Jong Pok-Sim picked up a yellow card against USA and will be keen to avoid the same fate here.
Friday's meeting will be the third between the teams at a FIFA Women's World Cup finals. Both sides have a win apiece, with the Nigerians prevailing 2-1 in 1999 and the Asians returning the compliment four years later with a 3-0 win. The duo were also drawn with USA and Sweden in 2003 and on that occasion they both missed out on a quarter-finals spot.
The birthday girl
A Nigeria win would be the best possible present for Ogonna Chukwudi, who celebrates her 19th birthday on Friday.
We'll be approaching the Nigeria game like any other. We have prepared as well as we possibly can, but you never know if you've trained in the right way until the day of the match. I know Nigeria are a very good side but so are we, so we ought to have the confidence to go out and get the right result - Kim Kwang-Min, Korea DPR coach.
The Koreans are a extremely good team, but if we play like the champions we are, then we shouldn't have any problems beating them. We're very relaxed and are ready to play our best football - Cynthia Uwak, Nigeria forward.