K-league 17R Preview

With the games coming thick and fast in the K-league these days its time for another batch of midweek games. The pick of the bunch is probably Jeju v Jeonnam as 4th takes on 3rd.

 

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Jeju v Jeonnam

This one goes down as the highlight of the midweek fixtures, Jeju in 4th place sit 3pts off Jeonnam with a a slightly lower goal difference. They’ve been tough to beat of late and although haven’t exactly been free-scoring should yet again prove a difficult opponent. They drew 1-1 with Seoul at home last weekend with both goals coming in the last 10 mins. Jeonnam on the other hand have won their last three in the league but all three victories came against teams in the bottom group, Jeju should be more of a challenge. There should be a couple of goals in this one.

Prediction 1-1

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Busan v Suwon

Busan look like they couldn’t buy a win these days as their poor league form continues. A victory in the cup over Suwon City (lower league team) looked liked it might spur them on to a run but a 2-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Pohang on Saturday saw put to that. Suwon on the other hand have looked decent since the World Cup break, apart from a 2-0 reverse in the Supermatch in Seoul they’re unbeaten. They took an early 3-0 lead over Incehon at home last weekend only to see them pegged back to 3-2 and with Incheon having chances to equalize. I think they’ll have too much for Busan though.

Prediction 1-2

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Seongnam v Gyeongnam

Well what can we say about this one, it’s 9th v 11th and both teams have been pretty poor since the break. Seongnam did have a good win in the cup at home last Wednesday and although they lost 2-0 to Jeonnam on Saturday that was probably to be expected. They are still struggling to find goals on a regular basis and don’t really look like they have an out and out goalscorer in the team. Gyeongnam though are struggling more. They haven’t won in a while and have been on the receiving end of some pretty hefty defeats, 3-1 and 4-1 to Jeonnam and Jeonbuk respectively. If they are going to challenge to stay in the top flight they need to start getting some results.

Prediction 2-0

 

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Incheon v Pohang

On paper, and form, this should be a stroll to three points for Pohang. Incheon have only won once in the league all season, are out the cup and really seem unable to convince themselves never mind anyone else that they can win. I’ve watched them a few times this season and apart from their single victory at home over Seoul I haven’t seen anything to suggest they will still be in the top flight next season. Pohang look good to retain the title this year, they huffed and puffed against Seoul in the FA Cup last Wednesday but are a team capable of playing the ball both on the deck and in the air and always look like they have goals in them.

Prediction 0-2

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Seoul v Sangju

Seoul fans will be disappointed to see their team still fighting in the bottom group at this stage of the season although they have looked a little more stable and solid since the break. Cha Duri has been a driving force down the right wing and has created more than his fair share of panic in both boxes. They have been boosted by the new signing of Everton and the release of Costa. Sangju suffered a rather embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of Jeonbuk on Sunday and will be hoping to show that was a blip. This match, for some strange reason, is being advertised as Cha Duri v Lee Keun Ho, I think Everton will be the big draw.

Prediction 1-0

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Ulsan v Jeonbuk

The battle of the two Hyundai teams, this could be an intriguing match. Ulsan who ran Pohang so close to the title last season have been disappointing this year and its no surprise they find themselves in 6th. They lost recently to Jeonbuk in the FA Cup and will be seeking revenge. They have been hitting the net regularly this season but have struggled to keep it tight at the back. Jeonbuk are playing some good football right now, they are keeping pace with Pohang and their 6-0 demolition of Sangju show that they are more than capable of turning up the heat when they need.

Prediction 2-3

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