K-League Classic Round 25 Previews – Saturday Fixtures
While eyes might be on the other side of the globe wondering quite how Archery is considered an Olympic event there is a full card of K-League matches this weekend. And on Saturday alone we have the Supermatch plus a huge match between 5th and 3rd which could go some way to deciding who is in and around the ACL places come season’s end.
Saturday August 13th 2016:
Jeonnam Dragons vs. Incheon United
The first game on Saturday evening may very well be some way behind the others in terms of pulling power but it does feature two sides at the bottom of the table who’ll both be looking to try and claw their way out of the relegation battle. A four point gap separates the two with 10th placed Jeonnam sitting the prettiest of the two. They have won three of the last five matches but did lose during the week away to Seongnam. Incheon looked to finally be finding a little bit of consistency but have now failed to win in the last three games. They have the talismanic Kevin Oris who is capable of turning a match on it’s head but even he is struggling to carry this team. It will be a close one and Jeonnam managed to win the last match 1-0. Not exactly known as a high-scoring meeting you would imagine a similar scoreline would be enough to clinch it today.
Prediction: Home Win : Jeonnam 1 – Incheon 0
Sangju Sangmu vs. Seongnam FC (7pm)
Fifth placed Sangju host third placed Seongnam in the second match this Saturday and if history were to repeat itself we should be in for another cracker. Both contests between the teams this year have resulted in 3-2 victories for the visitors. High-flying Sangju have dropped down to fifth place after suffering three defeats in their last four league matches with a 4-0 home humping at the hands of Gwangju the undoubted low point. Seongnam won during the week for the first time in five games and remarkably the first time at home in seven. Their good early season form has meant they’ve stayed near the top even through that rough patch and are currently sitting pretty in third. The loss of top-scorer Tiago has been softened somewhat by the form of replacement striker Silvinho who ,on performances so far, looks like he will be able to step into the former’s boots.
Prediction: Away Win : Sangju 1 – Seongnam 2
FC Seoul vs. Suwon Bluewings (7pm)
This one needs no introduction as we gear ourselves up for the third, and potentially final Supermatch of the season. Seoul currently occupy second spot in the Classic but trial leaders Jeonbuk by a substantial 12 points with hopes of challenging fading quicker than the referee’s free-kick spray in Rio. After a quite awful start for new coach Hwang he seems to have steadied the ship and they’ve now won three on the bounce in the league. Much of this is down to
record goalscorer Dejan finally finding his scoring boots in recent weeks having now notched up five goals in five games. The Bluewings have had a horrendous 2016 season, out the ACL in the groups, atrocious in the league with the FA Cup their only hope for any respite. As mentioned earlier it’s not impossible to imagine them finishing out the top 6 and thus serving us with only three Supermatches instead of four. They go into the match without Kwon Chang Hoon who is playing in the Olympic squad. He usually relishes these games and will be a big loss for them. The two previous encounters have finished draws, this one might just buck that trend.
Prediction: Home Win : Seoul 2 – Bluewings 1