Round 9 of the K-League Classic has been split over four days and it feels like a long time ago that Seongnam were returning from Ulsan with three goals and the three points that saw them move up to second spot. With Suwon and Jeju playing out a pretty amazing seven-goal thriller on the Saturday all eyes turn to the four ACL teams who amazingly all play each other on Sunday.
FC Seoul vs. Pohang Steelers (2pm)
The early kick-off on Sunday sees league leaders Seoul host Pohang and they will be looking to continue their strong run of form. They’re still unbeaten since that blip in the opening match at Jeonbuk and although they only managed a draw in the ‘Supermatch’ last weekend they did come from behind and seemed to dominate the match for long periods. In fact many a Seoullite claims it was the referee and not the Bluewings that stopped them taking all three points. Pohang have been all over the place this season both domestically and in the ACL although they did bounce back last weekend beating Jeju. Now that they are out of the ACL they can turn all their attention to home and will hope to start to make some progress up the table. Seoul will be home favorites but it will be a tighter match than many seem to be predicting, early news that 2015 ever-present Osmar will be missing will be a huge blow for the hosts.
Prediction: Home Win : Seoul 2 – Pohang 1
Suwon Bluewings vs. Jeonbuk (5pm)
The final match of Round 9 sees the Bluewings welcome Champions Jeonbuk to town, normally billed as a top of the table clash this time around it’s 8th v 3rd which shows just how poor Suwon have been this season. They’ve drawn their last five games in a row and are making a bit of a habit of snatching a draw from the jaws of victory having blown leads in their last three league matches. They’ve really struggled this year but like Pohang they are also out of the ACL which might be a blessing in disguise. Jeonbuk are currently sitting in third place, two points behind Seongnam but with a game in hand. They remain the only team in the league that is unbeaten and although they haven’t been anywhere near as consistent as last year they do have the look of Champions about them and boast the strongest squad in the country. They come into this one on the back of qualifying for the Last 16 of the ACL having drawn with Jiangsu midweek. This one will be close and a draw wouldn’t surprise anyone.
Prediction: Score Draw : Suwon 1 – Jeonbuk 1