The games are coming thick and fast right now with Wednesday night’s matches and unfortunately the after-match soju still fresh in our minds. The main talking point for the weekend will undoubtedly be Park Chu Young’s first match back in Suwon World Cup Stadium in the first “Supermatch” of the season. We also have a potential cracker between Jeonbuk and Jeju and then Seongnam complete the Saturday list with a trip to Gwangju.
Jeonbuk v Jeju (2pm)
First up on Saturday we have table-toppers Jeonbuk against third placed Jeju. Both teams come into the match on the back of 2-1 victories. Jeonbuk coming back from a goal down at Busan and Jeju defeating a spirited Gwangju at home. Jeonbuk have watched the challengers to their crown shoot themselves in the foot the last couple of weeks and find themselves 4pts clear of second placed Ulsan with Jeju 1pt behind them in third. They got a bit of a shock midweek when Busan took the lead but showed the character of champions to come away with the 3pts. Lee Dong Gook and Leonardo getting the two goals in that match and they really do appear to have an unlimited supply of firepower in their team. Jeju will prove to be a tough outfit for Jeonbuk on Saturday, they are not an easy team to beat and will be up for this one. They showed character against Gwangju on Wednesday and refused to settle for a draw, they are tight at the back and in Kang So Il they do have a predator of their own.
Prediction: Jeonbuk 2 Jeju 1
Suwon v Seoul (3pm)
And so it’s that time again, the eagerly anticipated “Supermatch”. Both teams come into this one having had quite different starts to the season, Suwon have looked like potential champions in most of their matches whereas Seoul have looked like everything but champions in theirs. Suwon claimed a share of the points at Ulsan on Wednesday with Kaio’s second half goal leveling the match for the visitors. Seoul on the other huffed and puffed against Daejeon and although they won the match in fairness it could have gone either way. But as we know form goes out the window in matches like these, the match may not be living up to its title recently in terms of crowd numbers but it did manage to serve up a couple of crackers last year. Seoul had a pretty good record in the fixture last year winning twice in the Big Bird and once at home, will they be able to repeat the same feat again this year or will they be dancing on the streets of Suwon come 5pm?
Prediction: One of those heart v head ones but I think Suwon 2 Seoul 1
Gwangju v Seongnam (4pm)
It hasn’t quite been a fall from the top of Mel Gibson proportions but three defeats in a row for Gwangju leaves their early season form almost a distant memory. The positives they can take from those games is that they are still scoring goals and are currently joint-top in the league for goals for. They are now playing their matches at “home” after a succession of away matches but then seeing as their real home stadium is undergoing refurbishment they aren’t able to take advantage of this. They do need to stop the rot and stop it soon and I guess Seongnam coming to town is as good a time as any. Seongnam have kept their best football for the ACL so far this season, they haven’t exactly been kind on the eyes with a 0-0 draw against Incheon on Wednesday reinforcing this. They might very well have one eye on the visit of Buriram next Wednesday and that could be all the distraction that Gwangju. They did turn it on recently against poor old Daejeon and they will probably need to be as deadly in front of goal again on Saturday to get anything from this match as you would wager that Gwangju will find the net.
Prediction: A tough one this Gwangju 1 Seongnam 1