Last weekend in the K-League Classic saw goals, high attendances, a few red cards and even a decapitated magpie of all things. Round 2 has the potential to be every bit as fiery as last weekend with the Eastern derby, Jeonbuk’s first trip to Seoul and the first Daejeon v Gwangju match back in the Classic (ok not every game is a must-watch).
First up on Saturday in the early kick-off is top v bottom
FC Seoul v Jeonbuk (2pm)
The preview for this match kind of writes itself as obviously the major talking point of the week has been the return of Park Chu Young to the K-League. It will probably be too soon for the ex-Seoul player/hero to pull on the red and black this weekend but he has caused quite a stir with his return. It was a pretty open secret that Seoul were courting him and a quick look at his playing stats over the last few years would suggest that he probably needs Seoul as much as they need him. Neither have been exactly setting the heather on fire recently. Jeonbuk on the other hand find themselves with a wealth of attacking options and flair players in their squad. Edu had an impressive league debut bagging a brace against Seongnam last weekend, added to Leonardo and Eninho they are definitely capable of out-scoring most opposition they will face. They make the trip north full of confidence after a good start to both the league and the ACL.
Prediction Seoul 1 Jeonbuk 2
Suwon v Incheon (2pm)
The other 2pm kick-off on Saturday sees Suwon take on Incheon at Suwon World Cup Stadium. Both teams were the hosts last weekend with neither especially enjoying the party. Suwon lost 1-0 to Pohang on their 20th anniversary in a match they rarely looked like winning although they did play the second half with 10 men after Oh Beom Seok saw red. They didn’t look particularly sharp and in front of goal they looked pretty naive. Incheon found themselves held to a draw by newly promoted Gwangju despite twice taking the lead, new boy Kevin Oris did look good in spells and might just find himself carrying the team. Last year Suwon were formidable at home and it was this form that secured them second spot. This is probably a match that they should be winning, they won’t want to see themselves slumping to two home defeats in two and should have too much for Incheon.
Prediction Suwon 2 Incheon 0
Seongnam v Jeonnam
The final match on Saturday is between two teams who finished in the bottom six last season. Seongnam escaped the playoffs on the final day and will definitely hope they can avoid a repeat of that kind of drama this year. They come into this one having lost away to Jeonbuk last weekend. The first half of that match was probably one of the most one-sided matches you will see this season as Jeonbuk ran Seongnam ragged for most of the opening 45 minutes. To their credit they re-grouped well and should possibly have snatched an equalizer before Edu’s sucker-punch second goal sealed the points for the home side. Jeonnam played out a 1-1 draw with Jeju in front of a sold out home crowd. They came from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils with Stevica Ristic grabbing the equalizer. If he could have a good season for the Dragons they might just be able to improve on their 7th place in the league last year.
Prediction Seongnam 1 Jeonnam 1