Last weekend saw the return of the K-League Two and fast on it’s heels this weekend we have the return to action of Korea’s top teams as the K-League One resumes with champions Jeonbuk sitting pretty at the top of the table some 9pts clear of nearest challengers Suwon Bluewings. I’m not saying it’s looking like a canter to the finishing post for the boys from Jeonju but let’s just say @korearacing probably wouldn’t be in danger of damaging his vocal cords getting caught up in the excitement of a photo finish for the title.
With World Cup fever still pumping through the veins of many it will be interesting to see if we get some big crowds over the weekend, rumors are abound of “sell-outs” for the game down in Daegu…..but enough of their opponents FC Seoul it’s off to The Big Bird for this week’s ‘Match of the Day’ where 2nd hosts 3rd.
2018 K-League Once ~ Match Day 15 – ‘Match of the Day’
Suwon Bluewings vs Jeju United
It’s been over a month since either of these teams took the field in anger and no doubt both will be giving it their all to start back after the World Cup break far better than they did when the season started in March. Before the break Bluewings form was all the over the place as they won only one of their last five matches, a 2-0 home win over bottom placed Daegu. The K-League transfer window only opened last week but it’s already been a tough one for most Suwon fans to take as World Cup defender Matt Jurman is rumored to be leaving for pastures new. One player who is back and raring to go is their Number 7 Waguininho (pictured left) and he has become their poster child for the match (see below). The Brazilian striker has a had a decent debut season in the Bluewings blue and has bagged five goals in eleven league matches so far. He’s scored three goals in the last three games and although he may have started in the shadow of Dejan he’s definitely quickly becoming one of the first names on the team sheet. The pacy attacker is a constant threat to even the best of defences and is capable of scoring goals from both inside and outside the box. He has all the guile and skill to turn a match on its head and if Jeju give him the chance he won’t need to be asked twice to take it.
3rd place Jeju would probably rather not have had to break for the World Cup as they finished the month of May with 3 wins from their last five matches with a 1-0 home win over Jeonnam Dragons their last match. Magno Cruz (pictured right) scored the all important goal that day and just like his counterpart in blue he’s been finding the net with relative ease recently and has four goals in the last four matches. He still has some way to go to replicate his fine form of 2017 but now that he’s finally found his shooting boots again he is surely going to be the main danger for the Islanders in their title and FA Cup challenges, albeit slim title ones. As lethal in the air as he in on the ground he will be more than capable of exploiting any gaps or lapses in the Bluewings defence and given that rumor about Matt Jurman there might just be more of these than usual. Jeju had a pretty horrendous Asian Champions League campaign and with both Jeonbuk and Suwon Bluewings in ACL action later in the year they will be hoping that they can take advantage of any reactions to their midweek exertions.
The teams have clashed a total of 41 times down the years with The Bluewings having the clear upper hand over their opponents with 22 wins to Jeju’s 13. Bluewings have won the only clash this year as Dejan’s first league goal for his new team was enough to win the match. Jeju did however win on their last visit to The Big Bird, a pulsating 3-2 victory. That was their only victory over their hosts in 2017 with Bluewings winning three of the other four including knocking them out of the FA Cup. Jeju have become something of experts at home over the last few years, proving to be a tough nut to crack at Seogwipo, incredibly this year though they have only lost once on their travels which was away back in March at Gangwon. They have won five of the remaining six away fixtures and given Bluewings strong home league form in 2018 we could see them both cancel each other out.
Prediction : Score Draw : Suwon Bluewings 1 – Jeju United 1
Also in the K-League One this weekend we have……