K-League Classic Round 23 Previews – Sunday Fixtures
As we enter the final leg of matches before the much maligned split we see a rather unfamiliar face high up the table as Sangju continue their great season by clinching second, place albeit with a game on hand. Jeonbuk continued their march for 3-in-a-row with a routine 3-0 win over Gwangju. The final match on Saturday witnessed Ulsan continue to frustrate their fans with yet another defeat, this time a home loss to Jeonnam. This Sunday sees Seoul hope to regain second, Seongnam hope to have more success on the road and the Bluewings try to finally see some sun above The Big Bird
Incheon v Seongnam (6pm)
After going on a good run hosts Incheon have lost their way a little recently and find themselves back in the playoff spots and definitely still in the thick of the relegation battle. They do still boast one of the most creative players in the league in Kevin Oris and it is a wonder at times why he hasn’t left for a club in a more lofty position. Seongnam are another club who haven’t exactly had to search for their troubles of late. A measly single point from a possible fifteen in their last five home matches has seen them blow several chances to go second. In fact Incheon were one of those five games which gives this match an extra pinch of spice. Seongnam have lost Tiago in this transfer window and have replaced him with Silvinho, he has rather large shoes to fill and will need to fill them quickly. Seongnam do have the upper hand in this fixture and haven’t lost here since 2011.
Prediction: Away Win : Incheon 1 – Seongnam 2
Seoul v Pohang (7pm)
Yesterday’s victory for Sangju saw Seoul relinquish a 2nd place that they have looked like losing for several weeks now as they have embarked on a rather atrocious run of only one win in six including losing their last two. They rather amazingly haven’t won at home since the middle of June and under new coach Hwang have looked like a team struggling to communicate with each other never mind carve out a victory. Pohang, like Seoul, are also in dire need of a win if they are to claw their way back into the top six before the split. They won their last game which stopped a run of three confidence-sapping defeats. Pohang have beaten Seoul twice this season 3-1 & 2-1 both home and away and have looked head and shoulders above their opponents in both matches. It could be a close one and maybe, just maybe, the presence of Hwang in the Seoul dugout might hit the Pohang players mentally.
Prediction: Home Win : Seoul 2 – Pohang 1
Suwon Bluewings v Jeju United (7pm)
In the final game of the weekend Suwon Bluewings host Jeju in a match between two teams suffering incredibly from a lack of creativity and confidence. The Bluewings sit down in 10th place and as hard as it might be for their fans to accept relegation is a real possibility. They lost ground to Jeonnam last weekend in a hugely embarrassing 3-0 defeat. They have so often failed to ‘turn up’ this season in the big matches and that is something they need to address and soon. Jeju are another team who have been hugely erratic this year and must wish that they could play FC Seoul every week as it seems the only time they fully raise their game. They sit in 6th place but only one point ahead of Pohang and will need to find some much needed consistency in the next few weeks if they want to maintain a spot in the Championship group. These games always tend to have goals and Suwon won the last battle 1-0 at The Big Bird
Prediction: Score Draw : Suwon Bluewings 1 – Jeju 1