- The K-League Classic Round 6 Previews
The matches are coming thick and fast with our first midweek fixture list having just been played on a gloriously sunny Election Day afternoon although there probably wasn’t a whole lot of impact on the league table as we witnessed four draws from the six matches played. We did however see Incheon get their first points on the board for the season with a 1-1 draw at Jeonbuk, Round 4 table-toppers Seongnam were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Jeonnam and Adriano continued his scoring run by netting his fourth league goal of the season from the spot which amazingly means Seoul have been awarded a penalty in each of their last three league matches!
Round 6 promises some more drama with 2nd placed Seongnam travelling to 3rd placed Jeonbuk, Suwon FC’s first trip to the capital and Incheon welcome the Bluewings in a fixture that the boys from Suwon rarely ever lose.
Incheon United v Suwon Bluewings (Sat @ 2pm)
Incheon picked up their first point of the 2016 Classic season in the Election Day midweek fixtures, scoring a 90th minute equalizer against champions Jeonbuk. They salvaged a draw in that match after losing at home to Seongnam in round 4 although in that match they did manage to draw level with the boys in black after trailing 2-0 after only 20 minutes. Maybe it takes them conceding to kick-start them into action. The Bluewings also drew during the week and although not quite having a nightmare season just yet they do find themselves 8th in the table although they have gone undefeated since their opening day defeat in Tancheon. Although neither team is playing particularly well The Bluewings do seem to have the psychological edge over their hosts in this fixture.
Prediction : Away win – Incheon 0 Suwon 2
FC Seoul v Suwon FC (Sat @ 2pm)
FC Seoul’s win at Gwangju during the week took them to the top of the league and the team from the capital have now won four games straight and have definitely recovered from that opening day loss down in Jeonju. They maybe haven’t been as prolific as they were at the start of the season but the measure of a good team is whether they can ‘win ugly’ and Seoul seem to be proving that they have a battling quality that has been lacking the last couple of seasons. Suwon FC are undefeated so far this season, but do seem to have become something of the draw specialists managing a share of the spoils on no less than four of their five matches so far. FC Seoul will undoubtedly be the favorites in this one but Suwon certainly won’t just be there to make up the numbers.
Prediction : Home Win – Seoul 1 Suwon 0
Jeonbuk Hyundai v Seongnam FC (Sat @ 3pm)
Champions Jeonbuk have looked anything but a team going for ‘three-in-a-row’ in their last couple of matches, with Choi Kang Hee’s penchant for squad rotation gaining most of the blame for their poor form. They’re sitting 3rd in the table right now and although that’s a position many teams below them would kill for this is the team that basically topped the table from round 1 last year. Seongnam have started the season exceptionally well and are sitting one place above their hosts in 2nd place, however even the most fervent of fan would have been disappointed to have let top spot slip to a ‘beatable’ Jeonnam team midweek. They have looked like they are badly hurting from the absence of captain and play-maker Kim Do Heon with nobody sure if he’ll return for this match. This will be a close game and it could go either way.
Prediction : Score Draw – Jeonbuk 1 Seongnam 1
Sangju Sangmu v Pohang Steelers (Sat @ 4pm)
Sangju come into this match on the back of an away 4-2 humping at the hands of Jeju United on Wednesday, although at home they have been a different beast and their form has been pretty solid so far this season. They will be boosted in the next few weeks by a few new recruits with Seongnam’s Yun Young Sun and Seoul’s Shin Jin Ho being the two that most catch the eye. Pohang drew 1-1 at The Big Bird in a match in which they took the lead albeit only holding it for 10 minutes. They are another team who’s form has been erratic so far in 2016 and will need to start putting a run of results together soon if they are to take advantage of Jeonbuk’s mediocre start. Pohang will be slight favorites to come away with the points but it won’t be a straight forward victory.
Prediction : Away Win – Sangju 1 Pohang 2
Jeonnam Dragons v Gwangju FC (Sun @ 2pm)
Jeonnam still find themselves win-less after five matches this year and for a team who usually start well they are definitely underachieving. They sit second from bottom with three draws and two defeats and will probably be thanking their lucky stars it wasn’t worse after the midweek clash with Seongnam in a match they didn’t really create a whole lot in which is mirrored in the fact they have only scored four in five. Gwangju have lost their last three matches losing first to Suwon and Ulsan before virtually handing the three points to Seoul on Wednesday.Jung Jo Gook’s early goal scoring feats seem to have dried up which can only lead them to more misery. A close match between two teams desperate to find some form.
Prediction : Draw : Jeonnam 0 Gwangju 0
Ulsan Hyundai v Jeju Utd (Sun @ 4pm)
Ulsan have started better than they did last season and don’t look to be having a ‘Wookie Hangover’ as they seem to be getting goals from all areas of the pitch. Unbeaten since round 1 they look like they also have a bit of fight in them coming from a goal behind at Suwon FC on Wednesday. After the lows of last season they need to give their fans something to cheer about and anything other than a top six finish is unimaginable. Jeju United are strong at home, as they showed yet again in midweek racing into a four goal lead against Sangju, however away from home they’re pretty horrendous at times. Lee Keun Ho has made appearances from the bench the last two matches is it almost time for him to get a start and if so could he have a say in the match?
Prediction : Home Win – Ulsan 2 Jeju 1