K League heating up

It is week 18 of the K League over the weekend and there is a real title race on for the first time in years. As we reach the exciting part of the season there is one of three teams who could sit top of the K League come Sunday night. Meanwhile, at the bottom, there is also one of three who could sit bottom on Sunday night. 

A review of the K League  

As the season hits this midseason feeling there are lots to play for and plenty for K League fans to get their teeth into.

Seongnam 1 v 0 Sangju Sangmu

This match took place earlier today as the home side run out 1-0 winners. The only goal of the match came in 15 minutes from Kim Hyun-Sung. The win takes Seongnam to within three points of the top six too with of course everyone else still to play this weekend. A result they will be very pleased with as the away side dominated large parts of the game.

Jeju United v Daegu

Jeju United sit at the bottom of the K League having not won since the 25th May. This weekend it could get worse as they face a Daegu side who still have ideas of winning the League. The away side have slipped in the recent weeks however with one win in the last five. The visitors have a few injury worries too with Edgar Silva and Hong Jung-Woon missing out.

Jeju United will feel with a team that looks on paper at least too good to go down that this could be a chance to get a result. However, despite the injury worries Daegu welcome back Ko Jae-Hyun from the U20 World Cup where he helped his country to the final.

Suwon Bluewings v Gyeongnam

Bluewings had a poor season and this weekend they face a Gyeongnam side who are also finding it tough. While the home side looks like they will finish in a stable midseason finish there's every chance last seasons runners up could go down.

The next few games are big for the home side too as they face the bottom three in the league while sandwiched in between is an FA Cup tie with Gyeongju HNP of the National League.

Pohang Steelers v Jeonbuk Motors

Both teams come into this game after disappointing matches in round 17 of matches. Firstly the home side threw away a 4-2 lead to lose 5-4 with three goals for Gangwon in injury time. Meanwhile, in slightly less dramtic circumstance Jeonbuk drew 1-1 with Bluewings after taking the lead in two minutes.

The away side also come into the match having lost on penalties to Shanghai SIPG in the Champions League. I can see this game being quite tight then with both teams keen not to lose, I do think though that Jeonbuk will get back to winning ways and keep their place at the top of the K League.

Incheon United v Gangwon 

Incheon United need to start winning games or K League 2 faces them next season. Against a Gangwon side who won so dramatically last weekend though it will be tough for them am sure.

Although both teams have picked up five points in their last five so the gap on paper might not be as big as thought.  They will hope that the form of midfielder Jiloan Hamad continues now as the Swedish player got his first goal for the club last weekend. 

Seoul v Ulsan   

Then last but not least the match of the weekend and table-topping occasion. As only one point separating the two clubs with the winner having a chance to end the weekend top of the K League. Uslan having played and lost out in the Champions League in the week too by Urawa Reds will be keen to get back to winning ways.

This will also be the 10th Foreigners' Day at FC Seoul as explained by K League United. Seoul who only stayed up last season through the relegation playoff is looking for their first title since 2016 when they won the league kind of by default. This year though we have a real title fight on our hands and this should be a great match and one that is too tight to call.

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