Sides have had a week to recover from last weekends monsoon weather and the forecasts are looking a little dried (but still a little rainy). The Classic moves into its 19th round of the 2017 season, with the all Hyundai Derby between Jeonbuk and Ulsan the highlight on Saturday evening. Which is also 1st vs. 2nd. Previews and Predictions for all of Saturdays games below;

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K League Classic 2017 League Table Update

Jeonbuk Hyundai currently top the table 3 points ahead of Ulsan Hyundai, who in turn are 3 points ahead of Gangwon. Jeju, Pohang and Suwon complete a very tight top half. FC Seoul, Jeonnam Dragons and Sangju Sangmu are a little behind them. Incheon United, Daegu and finally Gwangju are the 3 sides currently adrift and in the relegation battle.

Note Doesn’t Include Saturdays Results

K League Classic 2017 Previews & Predictions (Sunday July 9th – Round 19)

Moving onto the days action, here are our brief previews and predictions for this Saturdays 3 games;

Suwon Bluewings vs. Jeju United @ 7pm

The first game of the day is between two sides looking to jump back into the title race following a few indifferent weeks. Suwon Bluewings are currently 6th and seem to be winning every other, defensively issues being the main cause. Jeju United have only 1 win in 5 games and seem tired following a long early season of ACL.
Prediction:  3 – 2
We see an action packed game of goals, maybe some VAR and overall a win for Suwon.

Gwangju vs. FC Seoul @ 7pm

The second game of the day see’s bottom side Gwangju hosting reigning K League Champs (but currently mid-table) FC Seoul. Gwangju grabbed the headlines both in Korea and in the UK after signing Northern Ireland Forward Niall McGinn. They desperately need goals and a win, having not won in 9 games now. FC Seoul made the most of monsoon conditions and some VAR to beat league leaders Jeonbuk Hyundai. Their 1st win in 4 games.
Prediction:  1 – 2
Despite the McGinn signing Gwangju will be underdogs on Sunday evening and we see the 3 points going to Seoul.

Gangwon vs. Sangju Sangmu @ 7pm

The the final game on Sunday comes from the North East of the Country and is between Gangwon and Sangju Sangmu. Gangwon are currently up in 3rd place, but have only won 1 from their last 4, beating lowly Daegu last weekend. Sangju Sangmu beat FC Seoul a few weeks ago, but that’s their only win in 10 games.
Prediction:  2 – 0
Gangwon will be favorites to win, but Sangju have proven difficult to break down at times.

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K League Challenge 2017 (Sunday July 9th/ Monday July 10th – Round 20) Previews & Predictions

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Sunday and Monday evenings also features a few games in the K League Challenge.

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K League Challenge 2017 League Table Update

The league table at this point has Gyeongnam topping the table 4 points clear, followed by Busan I’Park. The an 8 point gap to Asan Mugunghwa and Bucheon 1995 who currently fill the other playoff places. Suwon, Seongnam and FC Anyang are close behind. Then there’s a gap to Ansan, Seoul and finally Daejeon who are 2 points adrift.

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K League Challenge 2017 Predictions (Sunday July 9th/ Monday July 10th – Round 20)

Here are predictions for this Sunday’s / Monday’s K League Challenge games:

Daejeon Citizen vs. Bucheon 1995 @ 7pm

Prediction: 2 – 1
Both sides lacking form, however Daejeon are better at home whilst Bucheon are weak away. Therefore we’re siding with a narrow win for the bottom club.

Monday:

Gyeongnam FC vs. FC Anyang @ 7pm

Prediction: 2 – 0
Gyeongnam lost for the first time in the league this season on Monday, but are playing a side with weaker current form in Anyang. Therefore we see a Gyeongnam victory.

Suwon FC vs. Busan I’Park @ 7.30pm

Prediction: 1 – 1
The leagues most in-form sides, Suwon solid at home, Busan strong away. This looks pretty tight on paper and therefore we’re siding with a draw.

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Finally

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Tim
Modern Seoul
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