This week sees the return of Friday night action as FC Seoul host Gangwon FC in front of their fans for the first time since their Asian Champions League clash with Melbourne Victory back in February. It’s a match which will also see Kim Ho-young in the Seoul dugout against his old team Gangwon FC as he was officially announced as the former’s caretaker manager after guiding his team to a 2-1 victory over Seongnam FC last weekend. As shown in our preview photo, fans returned last weekend despite some horrendous conditions as Korea continues to suffer it’s worst monsoon in a decade, they didn’t seem to have too much impact though with only Jeonbuk winning at home and that was against 10 men!
Saturday has three pretty huge matches in terms of the K1 title and potential 2021 ACL slots with the ‘Match of the Day’ probably being the game between 3rd placed Daegu and Champions Jeonbuk. Both teams won hard-fought battles last weekend, with both also benefiting from contentious red cards. Daegu had Edgar to thank for their win over Bluewings as he out-muscled Bluewings’ Doneil Henry and scored an 88th minute winner. Jeonbuk needed to come from behind after Pohang took the lead and it was Kim Bo-kyung who scored the decisive goal for them. The last three clashes between the sides have been 2-0 victories, Jeonbuk with the two most recent. Daegu are a side brimming with talent though and on their day are capable of beating most teams, they will need everyone firing on all cylinders to get the better of Jeonbuk side who keep getting the results when they most need them. Daegu, as their Marketing suggests, are hoping the return of fans will help spur them on to 3rd (or higher) and the ACL prize that comes with it.
Prediction : Daegu to frustrate the Champions – Score Draw : 1-1
Incheon United haven’t had their worries to seek this season as they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table, winnless and techinically managerless, although that almost all changed earlier this week with the news that Lee Lim-saeng was in negotiations to take the post. Those negotiations seem to have broken down and I’m not sure too many Incheon fans will be turning to a green bottle to drown their sorrows. They lost 3-1 to Gwangju last weekend despite, yet again, taking the lead in the match with Aguliar returning to the club and scoring on his “debut” for them. Some poor defending and even more criminal goalkeeping meant that they were unable to hold on for even a draw as first Eom Won-sang then Felipe scored in the last 5 mins to secure the victory. Seongnam also never had the best of times last weekend as they lost 2-1 to FC Seoul but in all honesty it could have easily been 4-1 to Seongnam such were the number of wasted chances for The Magpies in the 2nd half. Seoul had taken the lead through Yun Ju-tae after a shocking mistake by Iskanderov left him one-on-one with Jeon Jong-hyuk. Tomi pulled them level on the stroke of half-time and then missed 2 gilt-edged chances before Yun Ju-tae scored again to make it 2-1. Kim Nam-il then brought on Yang Dong-hyeon to try and salvage something form the game only for him to also miss a couple of chances you would bet the house on him scoring. A frustrating night for Seongnam and it now leaves them only 1pt above both Bluewings and Seoul in the bottom of the table dogfight.
Prediction : Seongnam to pile on the misery – Away win : 1-2
Predictions for all the games below…..