Some big games this weekend. Who’s in?
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*Koo Ja-Cheol and Park Ji-Sung are still recovering from injury and likely won’t feature
Watching This Weekend
3. Manchester United vs Arsenal
It seems unlikely that Park Chu-Young will feature in this match, particularly when you consider that Wenger once again had Bendtner on the bench last weekend against Liverpool. But the last time Park appeared in a Premier League game was, I believe, against United, and given the travel and tiring game the Gunners had in Germany against Dortmund in the Champions League, who knows? Maybe we could see Park again.
2. Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburg SV
Son Heung-Min will be reunited with the club that brought him, so to speak, to where he is today. Son grew up in large part, at the Hamburg youth academy and was blooded there. It will be interesting to see if Son can handle the emotions of playing against a team that he still cares for, and also if he can get out of his mini-slump.
1. Sunderland vs Manchester City
It wasn’t too long ago that Ji Dong-Won scored that late winner (although from a slightly offside position) against City. Will he do it again this weekend? Odds say probably not given his limited playing time, but Sunderland’s recent record against City isn’t terrible. However, one must think that City won’t have too much trouble with the mess that Sunderland is now.
The second leg of the AFC Champions League final is also this Saturday. The tie is finely poised, 2-2, with Guangzhou technically ahead on away goals. The second leg is in China, so it will prove to be a difficult tie for FC Seoul. Cha Du-Ri will return for the Korean club to help shore up a, shaky at times, defense.