The K-League Two is proving to be every bit as unpredictable as many a fan of the bottom tier thought it would be as the opening day approached. Recently we have seen Bucheon’s 100% record come to an end as they lost last week to Asan Mugunghwa, while Gwangju rather surprisingly took all 3pts at Busan. Seoul E-Land continued their unbeaten run against Seongnam as both teams were held to a 1-1 draw in torrential rain at Seoul Olympic Stadium while Ansan defeated a rather lackluster Suwon FC down in the Ansan WA Stadium.
This week sees Seongnam host Bucheon as 4th place takes on 1st in a huge match for both teams as Seongnam look to get over their home hoodoo and Bucheon hope to bounce back from that defeat to The Police.
2018 K-League Two ~ Match Day 7 – ‘Match of the Day’
Seongnam FC vs Bucheon FC
Seongnam come into the game on the back of both a 1-1 draw at E-Land last weekend and also the bad news that goalkeeper Kim Dong Jun will be sidelined for up to six months after tearing ligaments in that draw at Jamsil. They are still undefeated in 2018 but have been unable to string two league victories together and it’s that inconsistency that has them sitting 5pts behind today’s visitors. The loss of Dong Jun will be huge but the fans will be buoyed by the return of Yun Yeong Seon (pictured left) who returned to the Seongnam fold after completing his military service with Sangju. Yun is that, unfortunately, unique entity in football these days, a ‘one-club player’, as he has been with Seongnam since 2010. He had managed to form a fantastic partnership with Lim Chai Min before his stint with Sangju and manager Nam Ki-Il will be hoping he can can form another formidable backline with his new defensice partners. Up front Seongnam will also be without Eder, who also injured himself on the shocking surface at Olypmic Stadium. The Brazilian attacker will obviously be missed but The Magpies do have others that can come in and with the way they press their opponents they do look more dangerous than last year.
Bucheon have been the surprise package of 2018 and even though they succumbed to defeat last week they still sit pretty at the top of the table. Much of their success this year has been down to the quite incredible goal-scoring form of Willian Popp (pictured right) who managed to net in five consecutive matches. Popp, like Bucheon, saw that run come to an end last week but even without his goals they still managed to score twice in the 4-2 defeat. Bucheon have scored 14 goals in their 6 league games so far but they have also shipped a fair few goals at the back during their run conceding only one fewer than bottom club Anyang. They will be looking to bounce back as quickly as possible but you do wonder if the fact they have been playing all their matches away from home is beginning to ever so slightly take its toll on them, with their stadium still not complete yet it’s something they’re going to have to continue to deal with for the near future.
The teams only met for the first time last season and it was Bucheon who came out slightly on top with two wins from four. They won the first and final clashes between the teams with a 2-1 victory at Tancheon in their inaugural clash. The teams have changed quite a bit in the last 12 months and it could come down to home advantage this year when it comes to trying to separate the two over the course of the season. Both teams have their eye on the K2 crown and neither will want to give up any ground to a title rival which could lead to both of them being a little less aggressive in the final third. The losses of Dong Jun and Eder will be tough for Seongnam and they’ll need to be wary of the dangers posed by Bucheon on the break. It could be tough to split the two.
Prediction : Seongnam 1 – Bucheon 1