No where to go but up? Possibly famous last(?) words as the Tavern put up a measly 1/6 in round 2 of the quiniela getting only Suwon’s win over Daegu correct. The K League 1 is proving more difficult to predict than originally expected. Perhaps a much needed morale-boosting round 3 is in the cards? (Work is slaughtering me atm so this one will be short).
Rules stay the same for the quiniela. 1 = home win; X = draw; 2 = away win.
1. Incheon United vs Daegu FC (Saturday, March 17, 14:00): 1
Incheon claimed a big scalp (by K League standards at least) in knocking off Jeonbuk last weekend. Daegu has struggled to get going. Incheon win.
2. Gangwon FC vs Sangju Sangmu (Saturday, March 17, 14:00): X
Sangju didn’t look great against Gyeongnam in the opener, but were much better against (admittedly) a B-side Ulsan at the Munsu in round 2. Where does Gangwon fit in between those two is still a little in the air (I’m still not sure just how good Gyeongnam are). Certainly they should prove a stiffer test than what Ulsan sent out, so a draw seems a fair result.
3. Jeonnam Dragons vs Gyeongnam FC (Saturday, March 17, 16:00): 2
Gyeongnam has looked very good in their first two outings. Jeonnam has looked a bit mixed. Part of me thinks a draw, but we’ve doubted Gyeongnam thus far this season and been wrong, so…
4. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs FC Seoul (Sunday, March 18, 14:00): 1
In years past this would easily be the match of the weekend (although to be honest it probably still is – by a hair), but Seoul has seemingly fallen so far off the pace this season this fixture has lost some of its luster. Jeonbuk suffered a shock loss last weekend against Incheon, but should be more up for this one against Seoul, and as such should keep the pressure on Hwang Sun-hong. As long as the defensive mistakes that have popped up in the early matches don’t sink them that is.
5. Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeju United (Sunday, March 18, 14:00): X
Two sides that have largely been struggling to balance their domestic and international schedules. Ulsan probably the better side, but if they rotate again then Jeju will have a chance.
6. Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs Pohang Steelers (Sunday, March 18, 16:00): 2
Pohang has been surprisingly decent to start things off with wins over Daegu and Jeonnam. Suwon has been oddly disappointing – at least from a league perspective – with a poor loss to Jeonnam and then a slightly fortunate win over Daegu. In both matches they didn’t impress. So, on that note we’ll go with the more in-form Pohang side to take the points.
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- Incheon United vs Daegu FC:
- Gangwon FC vs Sangju Sangmu:
- Jeonnam Dragons vs Gyeongnam FC:
- Jeonbuk Hyundai vs FC Seoul:
- Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeju United:
- Suwon Samsung vs Pohang Steelers: