2018 K-League One – Match Day 3 – Previews

Week 2 of K-League One was definitely a week full of surprises, shocking goalkeeping and ‘super strikes’ as we were served up a smorgasbord of goals with more than just a few coming from unlikely sources. Last weekend we saw the chinks in the Jeonbuk armor get ripped open, Ulsan continued to struggle to look anything like a top-6 team while Pohang and Gyeongnam maintained their 100% records. There were also away wins for The Bluewings and Gangwon as both Daegu and FC Seoul continued to look devoid of ideas.

Despite their poor start to the season this weekend does see FC Seoul feature in the K-League One ‘Match of the Day’ as they make the trip South to Jeonju for their, generally, eagerly anticipated Jeonbuk clash.

2018 K-League One ~ Match Day 3 – ‘Match of the Day’

Jeonbuk Motors vs FC Seoul

 

Jeonbuk, obviously, have been most fan’s pick for the top spot this year as they looked like they had built a team that could swat most K-League sides aside with the minimal of fuss, but a few of us could have been forgiven for having second thoughts about that come 4pm last Saturday. What should have been a rather straightforward trip to Incheon for the Champions was to turn into a horror show as they lost 3-2 to a battling home team that showed zero fear and gave their visitors zero respect. It wasn’t only the defeat that must have hit Jeonbuk hard but also the manner of said defeat as they looked all at sea at the back for the majority of the 90 mins. They did, to their credit, level the tie twice after going behind with Adriano (pictured left) actually having the ball in the net a third time only to fall foul of the linesman’s flag. It was Adriano who leveled the tie at 2-2 which saw the Brazilian get of the mark domestically although he has four goals in four games in the Asian Champions League. Jeonbuk’s defensive frailties were on show midweek as they lost 4-2 in China on Wednesday and will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

FC Seoul come into the match with only the single point from their first two league matches and look every bit the disjointed and disinterested team that most of their fans were dreading as Hwang was taking an axe to their 2017 squad in the close season. Since *winning the title back in 2016 they have shipped out practically every player responsible for that crown with only Park Chu Young remaining as a household name. Park (pictured right) signed a contract extension over the winter and you get the feeling he will be left with the responsibility of carrying not only the team but also the the weight of fan expectation on his shoulders. He did score last weekend against Gangwon as he rose to nod home Shin Kwang Hoon’s first half cross. Unfortunately for Seoul they weren’t able to hold onto their lead and lost 2-1 courtesy of a 60th minute Jung Jo Gook goal. Seoul have had a disappointing start to 2018 and Jeonju is not really a place you want to go to when not firing on all cylinders.

The teams have met fifty times in the league with it being almost impossible to split them with Jeonbuk on 18 wins and Seoul 17. Last year the games at Jeonju World Cup Stadium finished 1-0 and 0-0 with form not always dictating the outcome. One of the main talking points of the match will undoubtedly be ex-Seoul striker Adriano turning out in the green of Jeonbuk against his former team, will he have the final say this week or will the focal point of the fan’s forums be directed elsewhere.

Prediction : Home Win : Jeonbuk 2 Seoul 0


Also in K-League One this weekend we have…..

Incheon United v Daegu FC                    ~ Prediction : 1-0

Gangwon FC v Sangju Sangmu             ~ Prediction : 1-1

Jeonnam Dragons  v Gyeongnam         ~ Prediction : 1-2

Ulsan Hyundai v Jeju United                   ~ Prediction : 2-1

Suwon Bluewings  v Pohang Steelers   ~ Prediction : 2-2

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