The final weekend listings prior to the international break, where a Lee Chung-Yong, suddenly with new life, takes on Wigan, Son Heung-Min, fresh off of a brace against Zenit in the Champions League, takes on Koo Ja-Cheol and maybe even Park Joo-Ho, the latter’s contract being extended by Mainz. Also, speculation that Yun Suk-Young has been called up to the first team, replacing Kim Jin-Su, who is still hurt.
|Friday||3:00 PM||Lee Chung Yong||Bolton||Wigan||BeIn|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Hong Jeong Ho||Augsburg||SC Paderborn||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||Mainz||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Kim Jin Su||Hoffenheim||Koln||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Mainz||@Leverkusen||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||@Leverkusen||None|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Kim Bo Kyung||Cardiff City||@Birmingham City||None|
|Saturday||12:30 PM||Yun Suk Young||QPR||Man City||NBCSN|
|Sunday||11:00 AM||Suk Hyun Jun||CD Nacional||Benfica||None|
|Sunday||11:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Swansea||Arsenal||NBCSN|
|Sunday||11:30 AM||Ji Dong Won||Dortmund||Gladbach||GolTV|
Start off with the injuries – Ji Dong-Won is still hurt, while Suk Hyun-Jun obtained an ankle sprain, so neither of them will feature for their sides. Kim Bo-Kyung is not injured but isn’t expected to start, making a bench appearance midweek, but nothing more. #FreeKimbo
On Friday, Bolton will face Wigan, and Lee Chung-Yong, who is in fine form, scoring his first goal of the season last week, will probably start. Neil Lennon has made Christmas come early for Lee Chung-Yong fans, with Chungy playing better than he has in quite a while thanks in part to the former Celtic boss’ confidence in him.
Saturday games in Germany see Hong Jeong-Ho likely make the bench as a defensive sub, as he has been all season, and a Korean derby between Son Heung-Min, Koo Ja-Cheol and Park Joo-Ho. Son, as has been mentioned 100 times, scored a brace midweek including a fantastic set piece finish, and if he’s not fatigued, he should start.
Interesting graphic by Opta about Son:
Heung-Min Son, Leverkusen 14-15. Schmidt-ball creates statistical havoc, but this is a great start. pic.twitter.com/dsuJJxuUR4
— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) November 6, 2014
Koo Ja-Cheol was rusty but will probably get a start for Mainz, while Park Joo-Ho announced that he was fit in a Bild interview. He also commented on his European career “hanging by a thread” during the Asian Games, and how glad he is to be back at Mainz, expressed regret about not playing much this year due to injury, talked about how bad his German is and mentioned his dog is back in Korea with family. Fascinating last bit, eh?
Park Joo-Ho’s contract was optioned by Mainz, which means an extension. Good news for Park and we all better thank Rim Chang-Woo (or Lee Yong-Jae – who knows who scored!?) for that.
Yun Suk-Young has apparently been called up to the KNT first team, probably in place of a injured Kim Jin-Su:
— QPR FC (@QPRFC) November 6, 2014
And the quiet yet effective Ki Sung-Yueng will start against “The Arsenal” (why “the” Arsenal? Arsenal fans… shakes head)
Switching gears – from Europe to the Middle East.
Never mind. Apparently all three leagues (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) are taking this month long break. If anyone knows the reasoning for this, let us know in the comments below.
Oh, and also, this is Remembrance Day Weekend – or Veteran’s Day weekend down in the good ol’ US – it’s a very important day in Canada – especially this year, with the terrorist attacks on our soil – even the Prime Minister is cutting short his 1597015th trip to China (to make sure we owe them more money) just to be in the country for the event. (No, actually it’s an election year next year, and the socialist opposition will tear him apart for not being in Canada on the day). I’m not trying to delve into politics – that wouldn’t very wise of me – wrong can of worms to open I reckon. Anyhow, a “Lest We Forget” was all I wanted to say, to the brave men and women who died in the World Wars, Vietnam and the Korean War. And if you prefer ze French, a “Je Me Souviens” is in order.
In any case, good night from Tavern Studio Canada, where the sun sets at 4:30pm in November. Thought I’d throw that in – why the hell not?! Jae will have your K-League preview in a few hours. What games will you watch this weekend?