The K League Classic continues its bumper period of games with its 18th round of the 2017 season. There are 3 games on Saturday evening with the bottom of the table clash between Incheon United and Gwangju maybe the highlight. Previews and Predictions below;
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K League Classic 2017 League Table Update
Jeonbuk Hyundai currently top the table 6 points ahead of Ulsan Hyundai, who in turn are 2 points ahead of both Jeju United and Suwon Bluewings. Gangwon and Pohang complete the top half. FC Seoul, Sangju Sangmu and Jeonnam Dragons are a little behind them and now 5 points ahead of the bottom 3 sides. Daegu, Gwangju and Incheon United complete the table and all 3 look destined for the relegation battle this season.
K League Classic 2017 Previews & Predictions (Saturday July 1st – Round 18)
Moving onto the days action, here are our brief previews and predictions for this Saturdays 3 games;
Daegu vs. Gangwon @ 7pm
The first game of the day is between two sides desperately looking for improvements in recent form. Daegu lost 3-0 to Suwon during the week and finished the game with only 9 men. They are only 2 points off the bottom now. Gangwon are much safer up in 5th place, but have only won once since the return for the international break.
Prediction: 2 – 4
Gangwon haven’t been playing out 0-0 draws recently so we see a fair number of goals and a win for the away side.
Ulsan Hyundai vs. Suwon Bluewings @ 7pm
The second game of the day is a big clash with possible title race implications. Ulsan Hyundai (2nd) host Suwon Bluewings (4th). Ulsan Hyundai were surprisingly beaten last weekend by lowly Incheon and then held to a goalless draw away to Sangju on Wednesday. Suwon have 7 points from their last 3 games and beat Daegu 3-0 away on Wednesday.
Prediction: 1 – 1
A close game at the top, it looks like a draw but Suwon can be stronger away from the Big Bird.
Incheon United vs. Gwangju @ 7pm
The the final game on Saturday is between comes from the Incheon Football Stadium and is a real relegation 6-pointer, as Incheon host Gwangju. Incheon United have looked strong in their last 2 games beating Ulsan away last weekend and then drawing against Jeju also on the road on Wednesday. Gwangju only behind Incheon on goals scored, haven’t won since April but did collect a point away vs. Gangwon during the week.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Incheon have looked stronger recently, however they are better away from home this season. First home win of the season for Incheon? Or away win for Gwangju? We think Incheon.
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K League Challenge 2017 (Saturday July 1st – Round 19) Previews & Predictions
Saturday evening also features two games in the K League Challenge.
K League Challenge 2017 League Table Update
The league table at this point has Gyeongnam topping the table 7 points clear, followed by Busan I’Park, Asan Mugunghwa and Bucheon 1995 who currently fill the playoff places. Seongnam, Suwon and FC Anyang are close behind. Then there’s a gap to Ansan, Seoul and finally Daejeon who are 5 points adrift.
K League Challenge 2017 Predictions (Saturday July 1st – Round 19)
Here are predictions for this Saturday’s K League Challenge games;
Seoul E-Land vs. Busan I’Park @ 7pm
Prediction: 1 – 2
Busan will be favorites here and are normally solid away from home.
Asan Mugunghwa vs. Ansan Greeners @ 7pm
Prediction: 3 – 1
Asan strong at home, whilst Ansan are weak away. Therefore a home win seems the likely outcome.
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