With a record of six games played, five goals scored and zero wins it’s safe to say that a clash against Seoul E-Land is not the date that many a fan in black looks forward to when the fixtures come out. Add in the fact that, almost a calendar year ago, Seongnam led E-Land 2-0 at home with 30 mins to play and still managed to finish win-less come the final whistle then you can see why Monday’s fixture is not being greeted with swathes of optimism.
Of course its not just results-wise that have made this fixture the one to dread for Seongnam fans as both Marin Orsulic and Kim Dong-jun have found themselves on the long term injury list after visits to Seoul’s Olympic Stadium. You can listen to Orsulic talk about his feelings on E-land and especially the Olympic pitch here And so it is that with as much trepidation as optimism that this week’s K-League Two Match of the Day sees 2nd place Seongnam make the short trip to Jamsil.
2018 K-League Two ~ Match Day 27 – ‘Match of the Day’
The K-League Two has been an unpredictable one of late but even the more obscure betters out there could not have predicted Anyang scudding the Police 3-0 on Saturday evening, but so it is that today’s match could see Seongnam go top if they can finally end their E-Land hoodoo. While Gwangju and Busan’s end-to-end 3-3 draw gives Suwon FC the chance to put some light between themselves and the chasing pack in their pursuit of a playoff place.
If Seongnam are to end their winless run against Seoul’s newest club then much will rest on the performance of their talismanic captain Seo Bo-min (pictured right). He is often the man that the boys in black look to to unlock the gritty defences they more often than not face and he should be instrumental again today in any attack that they have. Boasting one of the sweetest left foots in the K-League Seo has stepped up to the plate on many an occasion and has time and time again added that little bit of class that has seen his team over the line, see the recent visit to Ansan for proof of that. He maybe lacks the battle fever of a Scott Brown or the driving force of a Roy Keane but there is no denying the fact that he has propelled Seongnam to the brink of promotion this year. Another huge performance is needed tonight in order to see Seongnam reclaim top spot and edge ever closer to their dream of returning to the K1.
If Seo has been key for Seongnam this year then what can be said of Kim Young-kwang (pictured left) of E-land? The ex-National team keeper has been a rock between the sticks for the boys from Jamsil since making the rather strange move from Ulsan in 2015. The man they call “Glory” has regularly been the difference between drawing and defeat as E-Land have disastrously failed to realize their ambitions of promotion and Asian Champions League participation. Despite being the wrong side of his 30s Kim is continuing to defy any critics and you have to ask just where E-Land would be without him. He always seems in top form in this fixture and another top-notch goalkeeping display might just be required tonight if he is to see his team remain undefeated against The Magpies
Prediction : Score Draw: Seoul E-Land 1 Seongnam 1