Round two of the K-League Classic brought us a six-goal thriller at Pohang, Jeonbuk making 2-in-a-row at Seoul and Suwon stealing the points with an injury time goal. Round 3 has dusted down his best suit, gelled his hair and is on his way.
Ulsan v Jeonnam (2pm)
First up on Saturday we have high-flying Ulsan against Jeonnam. Ulsan have had a fantastic start to the season, two victories and 6 goals so far have them sitting top of the table albeit on goal difference. Their victory last weekend against Pohang was particularly impressive with anther goal for new boy Server Djeparov and a long range strike from Kim Shin Wook the highlights. New manager Yoon seems to have them paying with the confidence that they lost last season. If he can keep them focused and not let them get carried away they might just be the team that pushes Jeonbuk. Jeonnam have been solid so far although that is usually TV pundit speak for boring. Two games played, two draws and one goal isn’t exactly the sort of crow-pulling stats the K-League needs with the rounders season around the corner. Jeonnam do look like they have plugged the gaps that plagued them last season although it might be a little too early for such a bold statement. If they can get themselves firing in front of goal them maybe them can make top 6 this year.
Prediction : Ulan 2 Jeonnam 0
Busan v Gwangju (2pm)
Its strange to imagine this fixture as 4th v 3rd but currently that is where the teams find themselves. Despite their lofty position, Busan haven’t really impressed in their two matches so far. A labored home victory over Daejeon was followed by a rather uninspiring draw at Jeju. They have home advantage today over the recently promoted Gwangju and its probably going to be in these games that home victories are essential. On the other hand Gwangju have been impressive on their return to the Classic. They refused to give up against Incheon on the opening day and then ran out relatively easy victors over Daejeon last weekend. This is actually Gwangju’s third away match on the bounce which makes their position all the more impressive. On this form they look like being this season’s surprise package much like Jeonnam last season, how long it can last and how will they react when it ends are going to be interesting to see.
Prediction : Busan 1 Gwangju 1
Jeju v Daejeon (4pm)
The final match on Saturday sees 7th placed Jeju take on struggling Daejeon. Jeju, not unexpectedly, have started the campaign with two draws. They are always a tough team to beat and you just wonder if they were able to score if they might actually challenge for a cup or two. They are at home for the second week on the trot after their 0-0 draw with Busan last Sunday. You would have to imagine they will fancy their chances of all 3 pts today. Daejeon are having a nightmare start to the season, defeat on the first day at Busan was quickly followed by a home defeat to Gwangju last weekend. Much has been made of the loss of form / injury of Adriano and they did bring in another forward this week to help him out in the shape of fellow Brazilian Sassa. If he can hit the ground running much like Adriano last season then maybe he can help shoulder some of the responsibility, if not it’s going to be one long season for the Daejeon fans.
Prediction : Jeju 2- Daejeon 0