Last week we had the first midweek games of the K-League One and it was a cracking set of maches as firstly Ulsan took top spot in the table on the Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over FC Seoul while Wednesday witnessed Jeonbuk somehow managing to blow a 3-0 lead with 9 minutes to play against Gyeongnam as Jose Morais continues his role as President of the ‘Bring Back Choi Kang-hee” club.
We have an action packed Saturday this week with each of the top six teams featuring across the four matches.Midweek saw Daegu FC bounce back from an away defeat in Gyeongnam with an emphatic 3-0 over Incheon United, a Kim Jin-hyeok double firing them into a first half lead before Cessinha continued his fantastic early-season form with the third. They host Seongnam this weekend who came from behind against Jeju at Seongnam Sports Complex after a poor first half saw them trail at the break. Seongnam have now conceded first in all five of their league games this season but results elsewhere saw them climb to 9th in the table. Seongnam have a pretty decent record against Daegu but that was then and this is 2019 and it’s going to be a huge ask for them to head back North victorious.
Seoul rescinded top spot on Tuesday night when they lost in Ulsan but have the chance to reclaim it again, albeit for a couple of hours, when they host Gyeongnam FC in Saturday’s other 2pm kick-off. Seoul had gone four games without conceding before that defeat in Ulsan and will yet again be looking to Yoo Sang-hun to keep a clean sheet against the league’s 2nd highest scorers. Gyeongnam will obviously come into the game on a high after that sensational comeback against Champions Jeonbuk and definitely possess a team full of goal-scoring potential with English ‘journeyman’ Jordan Mutch scoring his first for the club against Jeonbuk.
League leaders Ulsan travel to Sangju hoping to capitalize on any Seoul slip-ups and cement their place at the top of the pile. On Tuesday they had Mix Diskerud and Junior Negao to thank for their win over FC Seoul and you would imagine that were they both to be on form again that they could prove too much for the Sangju defence. Sangju come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
Finally on Saturday we have Jeonbuk hosting last year’s bogey team in Incheon United, with that capitulation to Gyeongnam surely still fresh in the memory. It’s not been the best start for Jose Morais and obviously they won’t want to fall any further behind their Hyundai rivals in the table. After a bright(ish) start Incheon have now lost three in a row and occupy their usual spot in the relegation battle zone. It does look like it will be another season of fighting at the bottom for The Durumi, the big question is just who will they be fighting against!
Nothing sums up how unpredictable this year’s K-League has been than the fact that not only do Jeju prop up the table without a win in five but that Bluewings also occupy one of the bottom three slots in the league having only one win from their first five games. Bottom placed Jeju head to Pohang’s Steelyard desperately seeking that elusive first win of the season having taken the lead twice against both Incheon and Seongnam only to end up with draws. Their hosts have had a ridiculously erratic start to 2019 having lost three and won two. Pohang won at home against Gangwon on Wednesday night and have won their last matches in The Steelyard.
The final match sees Bluewings travel to Gangwon with both teams having pretty meh midweeks after picking up wins in Round 4. Bluewings had the upper hand last year over their hosts but this one is a little too close to call.