K-League Challenge 2017 Playoffs – Match 1 Preview

 

K-League Challenge 2017 Playoffs

International football? Son Heung Min braces? All this will pale into insignificance come mid-week as the 2017 K-League Playoffs begin with Asan Mugunghwa FC welcoming Seongnam FC to town to see who has the pleasure of travelling to the Gudeok Stadium on Saturday to face runners-up and FA Cup finalists Busan FC. It’s been a long season for both teams and after an incredibly tense last round of fixtures it was Asan who secured 3rd place in the league with Seongnam securing the final spot as they claimed fourth. The playoffs have thrown up some fantastic matches of late such as Gwangju humbling Gyeongnam, the 3-3 Battle of Suwon and of course last year’s Tears in Tancheon as Seongnam were relegated….what will this year give us?

 

Asan v Seongnam (Wed @ 7pm)

 

Overview

All eyes will be on the Yishunshin Stadium on Wednesday night as 3rd placed Asan will prepare for the visit of 4th placed Seongnam for the first of this year’s playoff fixtures. Hosts Asan come into the match on the back of a 1-1 away draw at Busan where they fought back from a goal behind courtesy of a 67th minute Lee Jae An penalty. They have won four of their last six fixtures during which time they lost to Champions Gyeongnam and drew with Runners-up Busan, that’s the kind of run that must fill a team with some degree of confidence. They may very well feel like they have a point to prove after missing out on automatic promotion last year and having to watch from the sidelines stole their glory.

Seongnam on the other hand have had a less than stellar run-in with only two victories in the last six, although one of them was against Asan. As bad as that run sounds their only defeat did come at the hands of Gyeongnam on the final day with the other three matches being draws. Now for the uninitiated it is important to remember that in the playoffs the home team has the advantage with a draw being enough to see them through to the next round. So you can understand a certain amount of fear sneaking into the visitors as they exit the tunnel come 7pm. Seongnam boast a proud history and there is the fear that a second season in the Challenge could see that consigned to memory.

 

Head to Head

The head to head is firmly stacked in Seongnam’s favour with three wins and one draw for the boys in black this year. They won both their home matches 1-0, goals from Park Sung Ho and Kim Dong Chan respectively. The fixtures in Asan finished 1-1 and 2-0 with Hwang Euijo scoring his final goal for the club in the first clash, albeit from the penalty spot. So on the back of that the boys from Tacheon should be coming into the match feeling relatively comfortable although as mentioned above on recent form they shouldn’t be approaching any match with confidence. It should also be noted that the 1-1 draw in the first meeting of the year would result in Asan packing their toothbrushes for Busan and Park Kyung Hoon being told to pack his bags permanently.

Prediction

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This is one of those ‘heart or head’ situations which makes it a doubly difficult match to call. On form even the most optimistic of Seongnam fans, and there aren’t many,  would have to call Asan favorites whereas on paper Seongnam do have the stronger squad. As obvious as this may sound a lot will boil down to how well the key players perform. Seongnam will obviously look for big performances from Kim Dong Chan and Park Sung Ho but for me a lot could rest of the guile and skill of their Slovakian winger Filip Hlohovsky. He’s been off the boil since he missed a penalty down in Suwon but, as was evident against Bucheon, there is no denying he can be a match winner. Asan will of course be hoping that top-scorer Han Eui-Kwon has brought his shooting boots on the day and he will be their main target man over the 90 minutes.

It’s going to be a close and defintely tense affair that’s for certain and a lot will come down to who draws first blood. If Seongnam score first and Asan have to chase the game we could well see Hlohovsky and Kim Dong Chan exploit the gaps, if Asan score first I fear that Seongnam will retreat into their shell and try ‘route one football’ with punts up the pitch to Park Sung Ho.

Prediction : The head wins : Score Draw : Asan 1 Seongnam 1 

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It’s a Challenge getting into the playoffs – K-League Challenge Preview

 

This weekend sees the final round of the K-League Challenge and there are still two playoff spots up for grabs as Asan, Seongnam and Bucheon all fight for the right to face-off to see who will play Busan and ultimately the lowest placed Classic club to join Gyeongnam at the top table of the K-League Classic. Gyeongnam and Busan have been running away with things at the top of the table for what seems like the full year while everyone else (well maybe not Daejeon) have been making up the numbers in the race for best of the rest. After some surprising results on Saturday past it was left to Seongnam only needing a win to clinch one of the spots, alas they failed to show up yet again which sets up the 3 team battle in the final week. With the table looking like this……

 

The Challenge table heading into the final round.

Below is a preview of the teams involved and predictions for their final positions.

 

Asan Mugunghwa FC

The Police team have, for the most part, performed better this season than their flailing Army counterparts in the Classic. They recently saw a four game winning streak come to an end as they lost at home to Champions Gyeongnam after being 2-1 up with only 30 mins to play. They of course won the league last year under the guise of Ansan Mugunghwa but were prohibited from promotion due to some ‘office politics’ involving Ansan wanting their own team. This year they have flirted between 3rd and 5th pretty much since the season began and would surely consider it a failure if they were to fall out of the playoffs now. Their final game is away to 2nd placed Busan who are in FA Cup semi-final action this midweek against Suwon Bluewings, defeat there might just knock their confidence a little. Busan have won two and drawn three against the Police this year, can they go undefeated?

Prediction : 3rd (should probably have enough to come back from Busan with a point)

 

Seongnam FC

The team in the Challenge that most expected to bounce straight back up have been beyond poor this season, they started with a goal drought which lasted for what must have felt like an eternity to their fans during which time fan favoutite and focal point Hwang Uijo was transferred to Gamba Osaka. They then dumbfounded most by going on a run of fourteen games unbeaten including eight victories which clawed them into playoff contention. In recent weeks though they’ve looked devoid of both imagination and confidence and look like a team in a downward spiral, not too dis-similar to this time last year. They’ll need to find huge performances from somewhere if they are to claim the ultimate prize of playoff glory. Seongnam have arguably the hardest match of the three as they travel to champions Gyeongnam who don’t appear to be letting up. Seongnam have failed to win against Gyeongnam this season but did draw 1-1 in Changwon earlier in the year.

Prediction: 5th (a draw might not be enough)

 

Bucheon 1995

The final team vying for the playoffs is Bucheon FC who will be hoping to go one step further than last year when they lost in the playoff semi-final to Gangwon FC. This year they have been in and around playoff contention for the best part of the season, sitting between 3rd and 4th. They have a relatively strong squad and probably play some of the most attractive free-flowing football in the league although this does tend to leave them exposed at the back at times. In Waguininho they have one of the top goalscorers in the league and, along with Kim Shin, is definitely the one to watch. They travel to E-Land having lost heavily there back in August, E-Land have only their pride to play for but as we seen with Daejeon last weekend that can often be enough to squeeze a performance out.

Prediction : 4th (they have the easiest task of the three teams and should have enough to get the result)

 

A Trip To Suwon – A Birthday, A Tenor and Some VAR

 

A Trip to Suwon : A Birthday, A Tenor and Some VAR

 

When faced with the task of getting the missus a birthday present that she’ll remember for a year some men think of bling, pefumes or hopping on a plane. For me I plumped for a bus ride down to Suwon and taking her to Suwon Bluewings v Ulsan Hyundai….and they say that romance is dead. In fairness she is something of a closet Bluewings fan and there really are only so many Seongnam matches that you can put someone through before they crack. And so it was then that we gave an afternoon of eating desserts in a coffee shop the cold shoulder and headed off to watch the ‘top six’ clash.

 

 

The day started, as so many trips to Suwon do, with a mad dash to Sadang Stn to get the Express bus to The Big Bird. You’d think that after years of making the same journey I would have stopped being surprised by the time it takes to navigate the sprawling underground collection of pop-up stores and hiking ajossis that is Sadang. The bus was caught on time and obviously the bus driver was a Bluewings fan as he drove like a man with a promise of beer and the game on TV in a local Hof. Some 30 mins later we successfully secured tickets and a pack of Cass and were plumped outside The Big Bird Cafe soaking up some October sun and waiting on the match.

The Big Bird Cafe….the highlight of any Suwon trip!

There are fewer better stadiums to be in Korea than The Big Bird and when you throw in some autumn sunshine it really is a fantastic place to watch football. We were a little late in getting in to the ground due to a new ‘bag-search’ being implemented, I can only imagine that this is due to the recent bottle-throwing exploits of some disgruntled Suwon-istas at the recent ‘Supermatch’. One of the best things about the K-League is the ability to have a cold beer while watching your heroes, or villains, and it will be a shame if this is affected going forward.

The game started with both teams looking like they were “up for it” and chances were created at both ends as both teams had so much to play for. Suwon knowing that rivals Seoul were snapping at their ankles for the last ACL place and Ulsan still with a hopeful eye on league leaders Jeonbuk. The match is also, almost certainly, going to be the FA Cup final clash, Ulsan already booking their place after defeating Mokpo and Suwon facing Busan in the other semi-final. The game was being played at a pretty fast pace and there was a feeling among the fans that it was more a case of when not if the deadlock would be broken. It didn’t take long for those feelings to become reality and it would be a rather unfortunate Lee Young Jae who would open the scoring as he slid the ball into his own net after a harmless Park Ki Dong shot ricocheted off the foot of Richard and into his path. As if the blunder wasn’t bad enough he then had to endure ‘OG’ next to his name on both the giant screens for the rest of the 90 mins.

The first half also provided me with my first live experience of VAR as play was halted just before half-time although quite why it was paused escaped me as the action had taken place on the far touchline in the middle of the pitch. It seemed needlessly unnecessary to me, although it would be put to proper use later.

It was a beautiful day down in Suwon.

After a pretty decent first half in the sun things took a little turn for the surreal as Britain’s Got Talent winner and tenor Paul Potts graced the field to give us a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma. He had actually taken the ceremonial pre-match kick-off which I missed due to having to queue to heat a rather hastily purchased hot-dog. He came out dressed in a Suwon shirt and preceded to give us a rather rehearsed “Suwon Fighting!” before breaking into song. To be fair the boy can carry a tune and although he didn’t exactly have the crowd locking arms and humming along it was a powerful rendition. After singing he toured the pitch (well the Suwon ends) and kicked several match ball into the crowd before exiting the field and no doubt necking a cold Cass on the way back to his hotel.

Paul Potts makes an appearance at HT

The second half started much like the first with both teams active but there was a definite spring in the Bluewings step, they are undoubtedly a different team with Johnathan back and they were now playing with a belief and an air of confidence that has been missing of late.  Speaking of “missing” there was of course no starting slot for Matt Jurman as the big Aussie was serving a two game ban for making a “gesture” towards Jeonbuk’s Lee Dong Gook in a previous match. At the start of the 2nd half the Bluewings “ultras” unveiled a message of support for him which roughly read “Matthew we are with you”. He has become something of a cult hero this year and will unfortunately miss ‘The Supermatch’ before returning to the starting lineup again.

The Suwon fans with a message of support for Matt Jurman

As both teams continued to search for the goal that would change their afternoon’s fortunes the ball broke to Johnathan who sprinted into the box and just as he was getting ready to pull the trigger was brought down. It looked a clear-cut penalty from where I was sitting, exactly level with the tackle, but it was waved away by the referee who implied the Ulsan defender got the ball. That call was directed to VAR and after a brief review the penalty was awarded and duly converted by the talismanic Johnathan who got a yellow card for his shirtless celebrations, I personally would have given him a yellow for flapping around with his top like Mario Ballotelli with a training bib.

Time for another VAR interruption!

With Suwon 2-0 up they were able to sit back and soak up the Ulsan pressure and even though Shin Hwa Yong was called into action a couple of times it was a comfortable victory in the end for the hosts. Things could have been different of course had Daniel Subotic not hit the post when clean through on Shin and he really should have burst the net instead of trying to place it in the corner. There was still time for Richard to flash a free header past the post as the visitors began to run out of ideas and the Bluewings fans erupted into a rather ironic chant of “Goodbye” (a play I imagine on the famous Ulsan chant).

 

The Suwon players take the salutes of their fans.

After the full time whistle we walked round to the North stand and watched as the Bluewings fans broke into a celebratory rendition of Despatchio to hail their heroes and a huge 3pts. For us all that remained was the bus back to Seoul and for me to start planning which game to take the wife to next year….

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The full highlights can be found here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbQRs0bROaU&t=121s

 

K-League Classic 2017 Round 31 Predictions – Saturday Fixtures.

The K-League Classic Round 28 Predictions – Saturday Fixtures

Last week saw a rather surprising set of results as first Seoul fell to Incheon on Sunday before the all-conquering Jeonbuk crashed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of the Army on Wednesday. Wednesday actually saw one of, if not THE, highest scoring round of fixtures in my time in Korea as 25 goals were scored in a set of fixtures which  had some rather choice defending and some incredibly poor goalkeeping…. Shin Hwa Yong I’m looking at you. 

This weekend sees another round of fixtures that could have huge implications at both ends of the table. On Saturday we have…..

Incheon United vs. Suwon Bluewings @ 6pm

First up we have a Derby match as Incheon welcome Suwon Bluewings to home in what are usually fiercely contested battles. Incheon, amazingly,  are unbeaten in their last six matches and even more amazingly have only conceded the one goal which was against Sangju. They have chosen the exact right time to find form as they find themselves locked in a four-way battle to avoid the playoffs. They defeated rivals Seoul last Sunday, Song Si Woo being the last minute hero that day. Suwon have watched their slim title hopes dwindle away ever since Johnathan got injured against Seoul and have lost three of their last five with the most recent being a 3-2 defeat at home to Jeju United. That game witnessed one of the worst goalkeeping errors I’ve seen as a long punt up the pitch somehow bounced past the hapless Shin in goal. When you are missing the league’s best striker it’s not wise to give your opponents a goal of a start. Suwon haven’t lost this fixture this year and romped home 3-0 winners the last time they met….but then Johnathan scored a fantastic brace that day!

Prediction:  Away Win : Incheon 1 – Suwon  2

Ulsan Hyundai vs. Jeonnam Dragons @ 6pm

Next up on Saturday is a match which should be as easy to predict as my drink of choice in a Soju tent in Yeouido as Ulsan and Jeonnam clash. Ulsan are strong at home and are enjoying a relatively solid patch of form with one the one defeat in the last two months, although it’s probably the draws that are hampering their title charge. They have found their shooting boots of late and you have to go all the way back to early July for the last time they failed to find the net. They sit just 6pts adrift of Jeonbuk and a win today could heap the pressure on them.  Jeonnam are quite the the polar opposite of Ulsan, they have lost three in of their last five and in fact haven’t won since the start of August. They are getting dragged into the playoff battle but unlike Incheon and Daegu they don’t really look like tough opponents. Ulsan will definitely be favorites here even though Jeonnam destroyed them 5-0 earlier in the season.

Prediction:  Home Win: Ulsan 2 – Jeonnam 0

Sangju Sangmu vs. Jeju United @ 7pm

The final match on Saturday sees Sangju Sangmu and Jeju United face off after both teams recorded vital victories midweek. Sangju dug deep to come back from 1-0 down at Jeonbuk as first Joo Min Kyu then Kim Ho Nam found the net to give them a much needed 3pts. Joo’s goal has seen the campaign to get him in the National Team getting mentioned again as he is beginning to find his feet in the army and ultimately the Classic. They still have a long way to go to secure a place at next season’s top table but that is now two wins in a row and an 11pt gap over Gwangju.  Their opponents today though are THE in-form team of the moment, and have won eight and drawn two of their last ten games. It’s that kind of form that’s been needed to keep pace with Jeonbuk and after midweek Jeju find themselves only 3pts behind the league leaders. A win today would heap a whole lot of pressure on the boys from Jeonju and as we saw last year they don’t exactly excel under pressure. Jeju again had the form of Yoon Bitgaram to thank for their winning ways and the decision to bring him back in the summer is proving to be a cracking piece of business. Jeju have won the previous two meetings by three goals, 3-0 and 4-1 but today could be a little closer.

Prediction:  Away Win : Sangju 1 – Jeju 2

K-League Classic 2017 Round 29 Predictions – Saturday Fixtures

The K-League Classic Round 28 Predictions – Saturday Fixtures

With the split fast approaching we are entering that period where every point becomes a prisoner as some teams look to define their season by which half of the table they finish in. For Gangwon, failure to land a top six spot would be embarrassing after their pre-season wheelings and dealings, for Pohang it would confirm that last year wasn’t a blip and they are in fact no longer a giant of Korean football. Of course for others the split throws up different concerns with Jeonbuk aiming for a title and Gwangju aiming for survival.

 

This Saturday we see a massive clash at the bottom while Gangwon and Suwon have the chance to put some pressure on those teams above them.

Gangwon vs. Jeonnam Dragons @ 3pm

The early game on Saturday afternoon is between two of the sides that are vying for probably the final spot in the Championship Group as 6th placed Gangwon and 8th placed Jeonnam Dragons clash.  Gangwon lost at the weekend to Jeonbuk Hyundai in what can only be described as a goal-fest as the fans were treated to a 4-3 win for the league leaders and an incredible seven minute hat-trick from Lee Seung Ki. Gangwon have continued their early season erratic form and have only two wins from their last five. They are still managerless and it’s safe to say the ‘Orange Experiment’ hasn’t exactly been a roaring success. They do sit 6pts clear in sixth place though and should really see themselves happy come the split. Jeonnam also lost last weekend as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Suwon Bluewings. Their form has been poor of late and they now have only one win from five. Jeonnam haven’t lost this year to Gangwon and there have been goals in both games, there should be more today.

 

Prediction:  Home Win : Gangwon 2 – Jeonnam 0

Sangju Sangmu vs. Gwangju @ 7pm

The second game of the day, and one of the final evening kick-offs of 2017,  is a huge match at the foot of the table as the bottom two teams meet. Sangju got yet another pasting last weekend as they were defeated 4-2 by Ulsan and you have to almost go back to the pre-Trump era to find their last win! They have been a real disappointment and now that they are beginning to drip feed players back to their parent clubs they can only get worse. Gwangju find themselves 5 pts below Sangju going into the match but at least managed to stop their losing streak when they drew last weekend vs. Incheon. They, like Sangju, have been woeful all season and you get the feeling that the players have resigned themselves to a season in The Challenge next year. Sangju have won both matches this year and might just have the mental edge….but then again Gwangju have Kim Hak Bum pulling the reins now and he doesn’t like to lose.

 

Prediction:  Draw : Sangju 0 – Gwangju 0

Daegu vs. Suwon Bluewings @ 7pm

The final game of the day is a clash which on paper should be a forgone conclusion but in reality has all the potential to see an upset as Daegu welcome The Bluewings to town. Daegu seem to have freed themselves, slightly, from the shackles of the relegation battle and Suwon are still hoping for a league and cup double however unlikely that may be. Daegu come into the match on the back of a huge victory over Pohang in a game with as many red cards as goals. They are undefeated in four games and their Brazilian coach Andre really has them difficult to beat while dangerous on the front foot.  Bluewings got a much needed win last weekend what they skelped Jeonnam 3-0 with the diminutive Santos among the goals. There were huge concerns for the blue massive after Jonathan’s injury but the 2014 Golden Boot winner has stepped up to the plate to ease their fears. Bluewings won the last fixture 3-0 but this one should be closer.

Prediction: Away Win: Daegu 1 – Bluewings 2

K-League Classic 2017 Round 28 Predictions – Saturday Fixtures

 

 

K-League Classic 2017 Round 28 Previews – Sunday Fixtures

After what feel like an eternity the K-League Classic is back. International breaks are a necessary evil in football, especially when Shin is picking the likes of Lee Dong Gook and Yeom Ki Hun, but there is nothing like good old fashioned domestic football to get the pulses racing…..okay in Korea maybe it garners a slight raise in blood flow. The Classic returns with some crackers as Jeju visit Seoul and Jeonbuk welcome Gangwon in matches which should have a huge say in both the title and ACL battles.

 

The international break is over!!

 

Moving on the weekend’s matches and below are the previews for the two Saturday games. 

Ulsan Hyundai vs. Sangju Sangmu @ 7pm

First up on Saturday is the clash between third placed Ulsan Hyundai and the struggling and relegation threatened Sangju Sangmu. Ulsan have slipped from second in the table after only managing the one win from their last five games, with the other four being draws. They have struggled to kill teams off of late and find themselves 6pts adrift of leaders Jeonbuk. They drew away at Seoul before the international break after taking an early lead and have only managed 28 goals in 27 games which is far cry from Jeonbuk’s 50. They really need to find that killer instinct again if they are to keep their ‘slimmer by the week’ title chances alive.  Of course if you want to find your goal-scoring touch again then who better to play right now than Sangju? The army have been terrible of late, with a solitary point from the last five games. They look like a team that have resigned themselves to the relegation battle. As well as a lack of points there has been a lack of discipline and they’ve racked up a couple of red cards in recent weeks. They are a good team on paper but just seem to forget that when they cross the white line. Ulsan won the last encounter 3-1, a similar result could be on the cards this week.

Prediction:  Home Win : Ulsan 2 – Sangju 0

FC Seoul vs. Jeju United @ 7pm

The second game of the day has everything required to be the match of the round as Seoul welcome 2nd placed and ‘in-form’ Jeju to town. This one could go a long way in deciding the final ACL spots for 2018 as a defeat for Seoul could leave them 7pts behind the Bluewings come Monday morning. Seoul come into the game on the back of that draw against Ulsan and although they came from behind in the match they will still probably consider it 2pts dropped. It left them a whopping 12pts behind Jeonbuk and their title defence is almost certainly over. The biggest problem Seoul seem to have is a lack of pace upfront and have been heavily relying on Yun Il Rok for the creative burst from midfield. Jeju, on the other hand, are going through a purple patch and have won three in a row. They are looking very much like the only team that can stop Jeonbuk this year. They played last week when all the others had a rest and came back form Gwangju with a 1-0 victory. With a goal difference of +24 they are not exactly struggling to find the back of the net and seem capable of getting goals from anywhere and everywhere on the pitch. Seoul won the last clash 2-1, Jeju will be looking for revenge….

Prediction:  Away Win : Seoul 1 – Jeju 2

K-League Classic 2017 Round 26 Previews – Sunday Fixtures

K-League Classic 2017 Round 26 Previews – Sunday Fixtures

Yesterday was ‘Derby Day’ in the K-League as we had the Jeolla Derby and The Supermatch with the former finishing in a 1-1 draw. The Supermatch was played in front of almost 30,000 at Suwon World Cup Stadium with a rather embarrassing Kwak Kwang Seon OG giving FC Seoul the victory. There was also a much-needed 2-1 victory for Incheon United as they won away at Sangju in a result which pulls the Army team right into the relegation fight

Moving onto today’s action below are brief previews and predictions for this Sunday’s clashes. 

Gwangju vs. Daegu @ 7pm

The first game of the day is a huge  relegation battle between bottom side Gwangju and tenth placed Daegu in what will undoubtedly be a tense affair. Gwangju crashed out of the cup mid-week after taking Suwon Bluewings to extra time and will certainly be less rested than their opponents.  In the league they’ve been incredibly poor and have only managed the one win in the last five or so. They signed Irishman Niall McGinn to help keep them in the Classic but he hasn’t featured since their victory over Jeonnam. They will need to find inspiration and soon if they are to avoid facing E-Land and Daejeon next year.  Daegu have been playing reasonably well of late and have picked up seven points from their last four games including a hard-fought draw against FC Seoul last weekend. They are a good team on their day but tend to keep those performances for teams with a bigger reputation, it will be interesting to see if they can raise their game for the trip to Gwangju and indeed they lost here earlier in the season.

Prediction:  Score Draw : Gwangju 1 – Daegu 1

Ulsan Hyundai vs. Pohang Steelers @ 7pm

The second game of the day is also the highlight game as Ulsan welcome Pohang to town in what is, I guess, a Southern Derby. Ulsan are performing better this year than last and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup after knocking Sangju out midweek. In the league they are also looking strong and inflicted defeat on leaders Jeonbuk in the Hyundai Derby last weekend, Lee Jong Ho scoring against his old team. They have a good squad and unlike other teams in The Classic they do tend to play as a unit more than relying on individuals. As commented many times on here Pohang are all over the place right now and  have only one win in six which was a victory over Gwangju. They drew 1-1 at home with Jeonnam last weekend and look a team that is lacking confidence and belief. They also lost Kim Seung Dae to a rather ridiculous five match suspension after he was red carded against Jeonnam. It’s safe to day nothing is going right for The Steelmen right now. Ulsan have both the clashes so far this season and on current form a repeat would certainly seem the logical bet today.

 

Prediction:  Home win : Ulsan 2 – Pohang 1

Gangwon vs. Jeju United @ 7pm

The final game on Sunday comes from the the Ski jumping slopes of Gangwon as 6th place hosts 4th in a clash which might just go some way towards the final ACL spots.  Gangwon finally put an end to their losing run as they defeated the much maligned Sangju (I feel everyone has beaten Sangju in the last month) and as a result they still occupy a place in The Championship Group. They are so inconsistent this year that you wouldn’t put money on them still being there come the split.  Jeju have found form again and have now won three of their last four games although were unable to beat a dogged Incheon last weekend. They are still sniffing around the ACL spots and after yesterday’s results might just feel they have a chance at the title yet. Both these clashes have ended in 2-1 victories for Gangwon, could today be Jeju’s turn for revenge?

Prediction:  Score Draw : Gangwon 1 – Jeju 1