Just one game to pay attention to: maybe a ‘Korean derby’ if Yun Suk-Young recovers in time. He and QPR visits Liberty Stadium, Ki’s homeground where Swansea hope to maintain their place in the EPL top half. Dope. But how serious is Yun’s knee injury last weekend against Leicester?
Swansea v QPR 2:45 pm EST / 4:45 am Korea Time
US Broadcast: NBC Sports Extra Live stream
Yun suffered a knock towards end of the 1st half between QPR and Leicester. He tried staying on but clearly at the beginning of the 2nd, he visibly struggled to stay with his mark and went down for the final time after 5 minutes. To the Tavern’s relief, good news from the West London Sport: knee injury not serious. According to the article, Yun is recovering quickly and is hoping to be in the squad for Tuesday’s match.
Ki and Swansea are looking to make the most of playing host to relegation zoned QPR. While the Swans had a great start to their season, they’ve grinded out results lately, including a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at home. Currently holding 8th place, a win could take them close to the top 4. But they are facing a resurgent QPR, fresh off a 3-2 Leicester win, a retooled offense with reformed bad boy Joey Barton and previously unknown Charlie Austin in particularly good form. Another change: backline changes including removing Rio Ferdinand as CB as well as Yun’s long awaited EPL debut at left back on October 18th (against Liverpool) has had noticeable improvement. Yun’s still learning the ropes evidenced by at least a few errors/game (and his crossing still needs a bit more improvement) however he has adapted to the rigors of the EPL overall fairly well.
Tavern Owner prediction: QPR 2 : Swansea 2
Be on the lookout for a Tavern podcast soon, this time we go back to old school audio only as we go over the dramatic conclusion of the K-League Classic season. Great wrap up: who showed up for the K-League this season, who disappointed, who surprised everyone and what can we look forward to next season? (and some surprising rumor/future musings about Pohang’s Hwang Hee-Chan). In post edit right now. We’ll also have a separate podcast on the K-League Challenge including prospects on the new Seoul E-Land club led by former Lee Young-Pyo manager Martin Rennie.
I’m also working on a KPA’s in the Middle East roundup – I’ll add that to Evelyn’s KPA weekend roundup – look for that as an update. Preview: Han Kook-Young scored! Anyone else? Stay tuned…