Two matches down so far this round and it’s draws yet again for Incheon and Ulsan. This time Incheon throwing away a lead to Pohang while Ulsan clawed a point back against Busan at home. Can Sunday throw up another set of familiar results or will we see some ACL hangovers on show.
Seongnam v Jeju (2pm)
The first match up on Sunday sees seventh placed Seongnam take on fifth place Jeju. Seongnam come into this match fresh from qualifying for the the last 16 of the ACL and must surely be brimming with confidence. They have been on a good run in both competitions lately and that 3-1 defeat to Suwon seems a lifetime away but unfortunately for Seongnam fans so do the 4 goals they put past Daejeon the week after. The have been incredibly tight at the back during the run and haven’t conceded in three. Captain Kim Do Heon was impressive against Buriram midweek and this is a match in which his influence will be essential for the hosts. Jeju come into the match after losing 1-0 away to Jeonbuk last weekend. Their away form has something of a disappointment and they have only managed a single point on their travels this season with defeats in Seoul and Jeonbuk following a draw at Jeonnam. The match has a draw written all over it and it will be tough to separate both teams.
Prediction: Seongnam 0 Jeju 0
Jeonnam v Jeonbuk (2pm)
Last weekend we had “The Supermatch” this weekend we have “The Jeolla Derby” as Jeonnam take on Jeonbuk. Jeonnam are sitting in sixth place in the table and have had a bit of a topsy turvy start to 2015. They bounced back from their embarrassing 4-1 defeat at The Steelyard with a 2-0 victory away to Busan last weekend with Stevica Ristic notching up his second goal of the season. They are a tough team to beat at home and even high-flying Suwon had to settle for a share of the points when they came to town so it will take a concentrated effort from Jeonbuk to break them down. Speaking of Jeonbuk they couldn’t have had worse preparation for this one if they had tried as they suffered defeat in Japan. They were trailing 3-0 at half-time in that match and although they battled back to a respectable 3-2 it must give the other K-League Classic teams hope that they are mortal after all. They still remain undefeated in the league this season along with Ulsan but it’s a run that can’t last forever. The last time the two teams met Jeonnam finished as 2-1 victors, can they take advantage of Jeonbuk’s midweek distraction on Sunday?
Prediction: Jeonnam 1 Jeonbuk 2
Gwangju v Seoul
If ever there was a match between two teams suffering from a lack of confidence it is this one. Gwangju managed to halt a run of defeats by drawing 0-0 at home with Seongnam last weekend which was amazingly the first game in which they failed to find the net this season. They had started the season so brightly and will surely have been disappointed to have seen themselves haemorrhaging points and goals alike. A home draw against Seongnam doesn’t exactly make them title contenders again but it might just get them out the defeatist mindset. What can we say about their opposition that hasn’t already been said. Boring against Daejeon, woeful against Suwon and impotent against Evergrande, Seoul have looked a shadow of the team that clinched third place last season. There are so many places upon which to lay the blame but attention seems to be turning, finally, towards manager Choi as the fans have been making their displeasure known. Their position in their ACL group does give them hope that their league form is just a blip and has probably kept Choi from the dreaded “he has our full support” message from upstairs. Failure to turn things around soon might just be the straw that breaks the chaebol’s back though.
Prediction: More misery for Choi – Gwangju 1 Seoul 1
Suwon v Daejeon (4pm)
Thirteen points and twenty-one goals separate Suwon and Daejeon as third takes on bottom in the 4pm clash on Sunday. If this match was a boxing match it would have all the potential to be stopped in the first round. Suwon have been formidable this season as their incredible 5-1 thrashing of rivals Seoul showed last weekend. They have come a long way since that rather tame birthday defeat at the hands of Pohang on the opening day. Yum Ki Hyun has been in the form of his life as he showed yet again midweek as he grabbed the game against Urawa Diamonds by the scruff of the neck and all but secured a last 16 spot for the Bluewings. With Kaio beginning to show the form he did for Jeonbuk, accompanied by some annoying badge kissing, they are looking a sure bet for second at least. Ah Daejeon! That’s about all I have to say. One point and two goals from seven games is ridiculous. It’s the kind of stats that you would expect to see if FC United of Manchester were suddenly granted a spot in the EPL. In Suwon they face a team on fire, they might just find themselves on the end of another pounding.
Prediction: Suwon 3 Daejeon 0 (I’m being kind)