So it’s back to a full card of fixtures after last week’s breaks for the ACL teams. We have three matches on Saturday and three on Sunday so without further ado here comes Saturday.
Pohang v Daejeon (2pm)
Pohang take on Daejeon at The Steelyard in a match that should be as one-sided as they come. Pohang haven’t been that impressive this season but they do still find themselves in fourth place. They have drawn three on the bounce now but showed grit and determination to come from behind twice at Ulsan in their last match. That determination is exactly what they will need if they are to even pretend to put in a challenge against Jeonbuk. Daejeon, as everyone knows, are propping up the table and now that they have sacked the manager who got them to the Classic you really wonder what lies in store for them now. With a ‘Goals Against’ of 21 you can’t see them keeping a clean sheet against one of the league’s top scoring teams. Pohang ran out comfortable 2-0 winners last time the teams met.
Prediction : Another 2-0 for Pohang. Pohang 2 Daejeon 0
Gwangju v Jeju (2pm)
Another match which on paper should be over before it begins as 10th placed Gwangju host 3rd placed Jeju. I’ve commented a lot on Gwangju’s recent poor form and the fact they’ve won one from 5 confirms that. They are now looking like a team who will be battling for a play-off spot rather the team who looked like they were aiming for at least top six. They lost last weekend when Busan came to town which closed the gap between those two to only 2pts. They need to get something from this match to avoid dropping into 11th. Jeju are sitting pretty in third which is usually where we would expect them to be until their bottle crashes at the tail end of the season and they fall out the ACL slots. They were made to work for their 3pts last week by a plucky Jeonnam team, you have to feel this one will be a little easier. The last time the two teams met it finished 2-1 to Jeju.
Prediction: Tight but Jeju to shade it. Gwangju 1 Jeju 2
Jeonnam v Busan (4pm)
In one of those games that only die-hard fans want to watch we see 9th take on 11th. I am being a little unfair on Jeonnam there as they have served up some pretty decent games so far this season and did manage to knock Suwon out the FA Cup much to many an FC Seoul fan’s glee. Their league form has been patchy to be polite. Victories over Jeonbuk and Incheon have been negated by disastrous results such as losing 3-0 to FC Seoul and 4-1 to Pohang. They are unbeaten at home though and that could prove to be the key factor. Busan come into this match on somewhat of a high having managed to stop the run of defeats by winning away to Gwangju last weekend. They are only 3pts behind Jeonnam and so a victory would lift them above them. The last time the two teams met it was a 2-0 victory for Jeonnam.
Prediction: Tight but a home win. Jeonnam 1 Busan 0