It’s time for the final round before the K League go on a World Cup break. Can Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors bounce back from the poor form of late or will Suwon Samsung Bluewings continue to close the gap? They’ve both advanced from the Champions League knockout rounds in midweek so they have that going for them. Also, if you missed it, this is how things went last weekend.
Battle of the G’s in the early kick-off
It’s Gyeongnam against Gangwon in the early kick-off tomorrow morning and it’s a match that is more important for the away side than the home side. A loss here could mean they are five points behind the cut-off point for the split, currently occupied by Ulsan. A win for Gyeongnam could see them move back in to third, or as high as second, but simply staying above the split would be a very successful season for the newly promoted side.
Can Daegu manage a second win?
It’s probably one of their better opportunities for a win as Daegu play Jeonnam Dragons away from home. Jeonnam could put some serious daylight between them and Incheon and Daegu in the relegation spots right behind them. Should Jeonnam lose and Incheon win there will only be one and two points down to them and a possible seven points up to the team above.
Ulsan look to mingle with the top
If Ulsan Hyundai beat Incheon on Sunday morning they could really announce their intent to finish among the top three. A win could see them only a point behind third place. As we have already mentioned above, Incheon really need a win to avoid Jeonnam getting much too far away should they beat Daegu. Somewhat of a must-win for both sides this.
Top battle taking place in Sangju
Jeju United come to town and Sangju Sangmu could leapfrog the third-placed side, should they win this encounter. For Jeju’s part they could themselves leapfrog Suwon if they win. A loss means that Sangju and possibly also Gyeongnam could jump above them in the table.
Suwon take on Pohang in a must-win
Suwon Samsung Bluewings need to win to keep closing the gap to Jeonbuk and Pohang need to win to go into the top half. So, a loss could be a disaster for both sides. They could both be leapfrogged by two teams if they lose so the terms are loosely the same for both sides despite their difference in standings.
Jeonbuk must end poor form
It’s a little weird to think of a draw and a loss as poor form, but that is how consistent Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been. Now they play FC Seoul who have one win from their last five and are the draw happy side in the league. They do need a win to be able to threaten for the top half split, which is a must for Seoul this season.