The weather forecast shows a break in the summer rain and with this being the final round before the extended International Break it should be fun and interesting. Jeonbuk, Seoul, Jeonbuk and Jeju (4 of the top 5) are at home with 2nd placed Ulsan traveling to Seoul. 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 4 points ahead of Ulsan Hyundai. Suwon Bluewings are currently in the final Champions League spot. Jeju, Seoul and Gangwon complete a very tight top half. Pohang Steelers are 3 points behind the top 6. Jeonnam Dragons are 2 points behind them. Daegu, Sangju Sangmu, Incheon United and finally Gwangju complete the table and are the 4 sides deep in the relegation battle.
K League Classic 2017 Previews & Predictions (Saturday August 19th – Round 27)
Moving onto the days action, here are our brief previews and predictions for this Saturdays 4 games;
Jeju United vs. Jeonnam Dragons @ 7pm
The first game of the day comes from the holiday island of Jeju. With Jeju United hosting Jeonnam Dragons. Jeju United have won 4 of their last 5, drawing the other game. This form has pushed them back into the champions league/championship race. Jeonnam have picked up 5 points from 3, but are still in danger of being sucked back into the relegation battle.
Prediction: 2 – 1
Jeju will be favorites to edge this one.
Suwon Bluewings vs. Gangwon @ 7pm
The second game of the day is a top half clash from the Suwon “Big Bird” World Cup Stadium. It’s between Suwon Bluewings and Gangwon. Suwon were dealt a huge blow earlier in the week as top goalscorer Johnathan was ruled out for 2 month due to injury. Their recent form has been strong 3 wins from 5, but he’s been key. Gangwon have only 1 win from their last 5 games, and this week parted with their manager.
Prediction: 2 – 0
Even without Johnathan we see Suwon winning this one.
FC Seoul vs. Ulsan Hyundai @ 7pm
The third game on Saturday evening features 5th placed and ever dangerous FC Seoul and 2nd placed Ulsan Hyundai. FC Seoul have 3 wins from 5 and took the 3-points last weekend in the Super Match against Suwon Bluewings. Ulsan can be hard to beat, but have 2 wins and 3 draws from their last 5. So they are losing ground on league leaders Jeonbuk Hyundai.
Prediction: 1 – 1
Close game on paper, and we see FC Seoul dominating but they game ending in a draw.
Jeonbuk Hyundai vs. Gwangju @ 7pm
The final game on Saturday is top vs. bottom as Jeonbuk Hyundai host Gwangju. Jeonbuk are 4 points clear at the top but have dropped points recently. They are the leagues highest scorers with veteran forward Edu finding form this summer. Gwangju have lost 3 on the bounce and are 4 points adrift at the bottom. Northern Irish winger Niall McGinn is still looking for his first goal for the club. Gwangju also lost their manager during the week.
Prediction: 3 – 1
Jeonbuk will be obvious favorites to win this one.
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K League Challenge 2017 (Saturday August 19th – Round 25) Previews & Predictions
Saturday evening also features three games from the K League Challenge. Bucheon 1995 vs. leaders Gyeongnam looks to be the standout game.
K League Challenge 2017 League Table Update
The league table at this point has Gyeongnam topping the table now 11 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. Seongnam FC, Suwon and FC Anyang are close behind. Then there’s a gap to Ansan, Seoul E-Land and Daejeon Citizen who all look too far away from the playoff places now.
K League Challenge 2017 Predictions (Saturday August 19th – Round 25)
Here are predictions for this Saturday’s K League Challenge games:
Bucheon 1995 vs. Gyeongnam @ 7pm
Prediction: 0 – 2
Bucheon looked awful last weekend and were easily beaten by bottom side Seoul. So therefore we’re siding with the run-away leaders Gyeongnam.
FC Anyang vs. Seongnam FC @ 7pm
Prediction: 1 – 2
Big game for two sides just below the playoff places. We see Seongnam bouncing back and picking up a vital 3 points.
Busan I’Park vs. Ansan Greeners @ 7pm
Prediction: 2 – 1
Despite Ansan looking much improved last weekend hammering Suwon, they are generally weak away and Busan should have the edge here.
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