Time is flying, and everyone is busy, so . . . just a quick wrap of the few midweek games, and a look at the weekend action.
Midweek Round Up
A few teams were in action midweek for cup and some smaller league action.[table “” not found /]
Everyone will be back in action for the weekend. There are a couple big games too.[table “” not found /]
*Both Koo Ja-Cheol and Park Ji-Sung are recovering from injuries, and are unlikely to participate.
**I believe that daylight savings is ending in the US this weekend. Please double check times.
Three matches jump out to me.
3. Augsburg vs Mainz 05
Once again we have another Korean vs Korean match. Hong Jeong-Ho has done well since being inserted into the Augsburg lineup, it will be interesting to see if he can hold onto it once Klaven’s suspension is over. This weekend’s match should be the last game of his suspension (I believe). Park Joo-Ho has been a mainstay for Mainz since his move from Basel in the summer.
2. Arsenal vs Liverpool
An interesting fixture regardless of whether Park Chu-Young did enough to convince Wenger that he deserves to see more action. Arsenal seemed on the verge of falling out of the top four for a couple seasons, and Liverpool has been struggling midtable. Not this season. Arsenal sits top, and Liverpool not that far behind (third, but level on points with Chelsea). Much has been said about Park’s brief showing against Chelsea in the League Cup, so I won’t re-open that discussion here, but certainly another appearance, even if it is late in the game, or even a bench spot, would be big.
1. Cardiff City vs Swansea City
The Wales derby makes it’s top flight debut. Kim Bo-Kyung has done well for the blue/red birds of Cardiff, but has been getting the early hook lately. He should, however, start against Swansea, who struggled a bit out of the gate, but has since gone on to record several good results.