The second round of fixtures yesterday saw Jeonbuk continue their impressive goal-scoring form, Incheon yet again throw a result away in injury time and Seongnam and Jeonnam play out the first goalless draw of the season. First up today we have,
Daejeon v Gwangju 2pm
The 2pm kick-off today sees the first match of the two promoted teams from last season. If this was last season it would be an easy match to predict as you would imagine Daejeon would have too much for Gwangju, but this isn’t last season and Daejeon look a far cry from the team they were last year. So much was placed on the shoulders of Adriano last year as he scored for fun. This season though he isn’t fit yet and if last week is anything to go by Daejeon epitomize the concept of a ‘one-man team’. Against Busan last week they didn’t have a single shot on target in 90 minutes. Gwangju fared a little better against Incheon, they were behind twice but showed grit and determination to haul themselves back into things. If they can show that kind of battling spirit every week they might not be the relegation certainties they were being predicted to be only a few weeks ago.
Prediction Daejwon 1 Gwangju 1
Pohang v Ulsan 14:15
Undoubtedly ‘match of the day’ today is the derby between Pohang and Ulsan. These games generally throw up entertaining matches and with both teams coming into this one on the back of solid victories this afternoon should be no exception. Pohang won away at Suwon last weekend in a match they thoroughly deserved to take the spoils from. New boy Moritz looked like he has what it takes to be a success in the K-League as he bossed the match for long spells. The wining goal from Son was the kind of strike you could watch time and time again and is already a ‘goal of the season’ contender. Ulsan took all 3 points at home to Seoul with a debut goal from Server Djeparov. They controlled the match for the most part and even though the current Seoul team are no great shakes it was still a great result for them. Hotly tipped to improve on last season’s poor league position these are the matches that Ulsan will need to take points from if they are to dislodge the “big four”.
Prediction Pohang 2 Ulsan 1
The final match of the weekend is.
Jeju v Busan 4pm
The late kick-off today sees 8th placed Jeju take on 3rd placed Busan. It is probably the least glamorous tie of the weekend unless of course you are a Jeju or Busan fan. Neither team is really renowned for their attacking play and Jeju in particular seem to be the most capable of grinding out results. They come into this match having come back from Jeonnam with a draw but it was a match that they should probably have won, conceding a goal in the last 10 mins. They are tough outfit to beat at home and few teams tend to get back on the plane with all 3 points in their luggage. Busan huffed and puffed against Daejeon last weekend , Brazilian ‘super-sub’ Wesley grabbing the winner in the last 10 mins. Busan disappointed last year and only a resurgence in the final months kept them from the playoffs. They need to be more consistent this year or they will find themselves back in the dogfight again.
Prediction Jeju 1 Busan 0