It’s going to be a short Saturday preview this week as we only have 2 matches due to the midweek ACL exertions. It really is a long trip back from Japan I guess and the boys need an extra day in bed to recuperate, or maybe the Jeonbuk players just need that extra day to recover from that first half annihilation.
Incheon v Pohang (3pm)
Winless Incheon take on a reborn Pohang in the 3pm kick-off this afternoon. Incheon seem to be having the kind of start to the season that would get a racehorse sent to Evostick. They have yet to record a victory in 7 outings this year and have only managed to find the net 5 times in those 7 although it should be noted that they have only lost twice in that run. Recent fightbacks against Seoul and Ulsan would point towards them having spirit if not the composure or cutting edge to take the lead. You wonder how they would fare if they went a goal up instead of chasing the match and ultimately their tails. Pohang on the other hand have rediscovered their winning ways with two victories and six goals in their last two matches. I watched them defeat a strong Suwon side earlier in the season and they are definitely a good team and should be sitting near the top of the table. If they can put together a decent run of results they might just challenge Jeonbuk yet. The last time these two teams met Incheon fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 in the sun much to the happiness of a certain elderly gent, can they repeat that today?
Prediction: The man below to be crying into his Cass at 5pm. Incheon 0 Pohang 2
Ulsan v Busan (4pm)
Third take on second bottom in what, on paper, should be a rather one-sided affair. Ulsan started the season brightly but have looked a shadow of that team in recent weeks and in the words of everyone’s favorite football pundit, Hyuna, it looks like their bubble has popped. Three draws on the bounce has seen them go from top to third and some 6 pts adrift of Jeonbuk. The early season form of Server Djeparov seems like one of those hazy memories as you come out of a Sindorim Chicken Hof at 1am. He scored two goals in his first two matches for his new club but seems to be struggling a little of late. In fairness though nobody in the Ulsan team has been firing on all cylinders recently. If Ulsan have been poor of late Busan have been downright rank rotten. They have now lost five in a row including a double home defeat to the boys from Jeolla province. Last year they escaped the playoff battle by the skin of their teeth and this year it’s really only Daejeon that are stopping them being the whipping boys of the Classic. They need to start putting points on the table soon but away to Ulsan probably isn’t going to be the place to start.
Prediction: Possibly a somersault or two from Djeparov. Ulsan 2 Busan 0