It might have started like a normal day in the K-League but what a day yesterday turned out to be. 22,000 turned out at Sangam for the return of Park of Chu Young and in the process witnessed Seoul’s first league points of the season. Jeonbuk went top albeit for maybe only 24hrs and Seongnam put 4 (yes 4) past a beleaguered Daejeon, Kim Do Heon getting a hat-trick in the process. We have two matches today as Ulsan will look to reclaim top spot and Incheon hope to capitalise on Daejeon’s misery.
Ulsan v Gwangju
Ulsan have been knocked off their perch as top dogs in the league by Jeonbuk’s victory yesterday. Today they have a home match against this season’s surprise package Gwangju. Ulsan have looked sharp in the matches I’ve seen them play, Server Djeparov seems to having a new lease of life since joining in the close season. Two goals in two games he’s definitely settled into his new surroundings quicker than an unwelcome couch surfer. Last time out Ulsan failed to take the points at home against Jeonnam in a match which on paper they should have romped, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that. As I mentioned earlier Gwangju have been the surprise this season, with 3 matches played (all away from home) they have 7 pts and a +3 goal difference. Everybody keeps waiting for the wheels to fall off the party bus and undoubtedly today is their biggest test so far. If they can avoid defeat today before they embark upon a run of home matches you would have to say that teams will need to sit up and take note.
Prediction : Ulsan 2 Gwangju 1
Jeonnam v Incheon
If ever there was a match that should put an extra 5000 on the local baseball crowd it’s probably this one. Both teams have only managed to find the net 4 times in total so far this season and that includes a match against the football equivalent of a batting cage that is Daejeon. Jeonnam have amazingly had three draws from three played with two being goalless, the last of which being an away draw at high-flying Ulsan. Stevica Ristic has netted their only goal of the campaign to date. Coach Roh has managed to shore up their defence since taking over the reins but unless he can point them in the direction of the other goal it could be a long and arduous season for the Dragons. Incheon started the season with a 2-2 draw ay home to Gwangju which at the time appeared a poor result. A last minute away defeat at Suwon was followed by a respectable share of the points with Jeonbuk. With results going the way they did yesterday a victory today would hoist them up to 7th in the table.
Prediction : Jeonnam 0 Incheon 0 (although Incheon could just sneak a cheeky away win)