Friday, November 8, 2019

Weekend Preview Nov 8 and Midweek Recap 5

The two most likely to play are the hardest for me to watch which is very disappointing.

Friday2:45 PMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@NiceBeIn Play
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainzUnion BerlinFox Soccer Plus
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastleBournemouthNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamSheffield UnitedNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMLee Kang InValenciaGranadaBeIn
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsAngersBeIn Play
Sunday12:00 PMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgFrankfurtFox Sports 2
Sunday12:00 PMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgFrankfurtFox Sports 2

Hwang Ui Jo-- Should start. Let's hope he keeps up his good form.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Unlikely to play.

Son Heung Min-- Looks like Poch wanted to get Son's mind off the injury by giving him a start when he might have otherwise gotten rest. And he did play tentatively at first, but Poch's management paid off later as Son made a good run onto a perfect ball from Alli and scored nicely. Things improved even more so when Rose crossed the ball and Son had an easy tap in for a brace and was soon able to come off at 75 minutes. Goals increase Son's confidence so hopefully he carries that into this weekend where he's likely to start.

Lee Kang In-- Played primarily on the right and it was not a good showing, where he was often impatient and turning over the ball with too much dribbling or risky passes that didn't go anywhere. Disappointing and the number of goals afterward also not a good sign. Probably on the bench this weekend.

Suk Hyun Jun-- On the bench and seems unlikely to play.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- With Waldschmidt returning, even less likely for JWY to be on the bench.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- We will see if he moved up the depth chart at all, but I expect a bench role.

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured

Monday, November 4, 2019

Midweek Preview Nov 5 and Weekend Recap Nov 2

CL gives me no time to catch up on what I missed on the weekend so apologies for sparse recaps. Son's fall season nearing the end...

Also don't forget Hwang Hee Chan also, where Salzburg go to Napoli at 3PM on B/R Live.


Lee Kang In -- Valencia host Lille at 3PM on B/R Live -- Lee KI was an unused sub, and I don't expect a start but maybe he gets on as a sub.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham go to Red Star Belgrade at 3PM on B/R -- I only started to tune in for the final minutes right at the time that Gomes' horror injury occurred (Son had a late tackle and somehow Gomes' boot got caught and twisted right when Aurier collided). The severity of the injury was apparently enough for Son to not contest what looked like a reactionary and overly harsh red card. Hopefully he can move on midweek and also have his appeal successful for league play. I'd normally say that he'd start given red card, but not sure he's mentally up for starting and he may still be available for league play which seems the bigger challenge after another so-so result.


Jeong Woo Yeong -- Off the squad as he played for reserves.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Came on as a late sub and provided some spark and handled the physicality well, earning a foul which lead to the leveling goal. Given that they were down to 10 men, there wasn't too many chances for KCH, but a good showing for the few minutes. Hopefully this is a sign of restoring his role a bit.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Looks like he's unlikely to play this season given a decent Shelvey showing which is enough for Bruce to keep going down that path.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Had a brilliant long range goal and an assist, and featured in multiple TOTW, so he must have had a very good showing. Comments from manager and teammates seem to reflect growing trust and integration which is a very good sign.

Suk Hyun Jun -- An unused sub.

Ji Dong Won -- Out injured

Friday, November 1, 2019

Weekend Preview Nov 2 and Midweek Recap Oct 29

Daylight savings changes for us Sunday putting us back into more normal kickoff times.

Saturday8:00 AMLee Kang InValencia@EspanyolBeIn
Saturday10:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@Werder BremenFox Match Pass
Saturday10:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@Werder BremenFox Match Pass
Saturday10:30 AMJi Dong WonMainz@LeipzigFox Match Pass
Saturday11:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@West HamNBC Gold
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxNantesBeIn Play
Sunday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunReims@NiceBeIn Play
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@EvertonNBCSN

Lee Kang In-- Played about an hour and didn't look all that great in touch video I saw but he did have some very positive moments and showed the technical skills that he's known for. Hopefully his appearances will overlap with my viewing time. I assume he drops back to the bench this weekend.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- He did make the bench due to injuries in attack, but did not make the pitch. I don't think it makes a big difference if he makes the bench again this weekend because I don't expect him to play.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- It was more disappointing to not see him come on. I'm not sure what sequence of events will allow him to play but hopefully it comes soon. Likely on the bench this weekend.

Ki Sung Yueng-- With Hayden returning and Sean Longstaff leaving, no need for Ki I imagine.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Surprisingly played 90 as Bordeaux advance. With extra day of rest, I'd expect him to start.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Started and played over an hour in a victory but didn't seem to get very good reviews on his play. Likely to return to the bench this weekend.

Son Heung Min-- Short week ahead of CL next Wednesday but I'd expect him to start the more important league match.

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured

Monday, October 28, 2019

Midweek Preview Oct 29 and Weekend Recap Oct 25

One where recap maybe should be in quotes as I didn't get to watch what meager football was on.

But cup action is always a decent chance, though tough to predict, for bench guys to start and you also might see Lee Chung Yong vs. Bayern on ESPN3, Tuesday at 3 PM ET, though I would think that he might be rested to save him for the relegation battle.

Tuesday1:30 PMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgUnion Berlin (Cup)
Tuesday1:30 PMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgUnion Berlin (Cup)
Tuesday4:05 PMHwang Ui JoBordeauxDijon (Cup)
Wednesday2:00 PMLee Kang InValenciaSevilla
Wednesday4:05 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsBourg-Peronnas (Cup)
OffJi Dong WonMainz
OffKi Sung YuengNewcastle
OffSon Heung MinTottenham

Jeong Woo Yeong-- I doubt he vaults into a starting spot given top tier opposition but maybe a bench role, especially with an attacker injured.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Probably best chance for a start in immediate future for same reasons as above, just starting from a higher spot on the depth chart.

Hwang Ui Jo-- He played ninety but it seemed Lille dominated the match and he didn't get good marks from press or stats so I'll take it as a blessing for my slightly improved view on him. I would think that he gets a rest on the bench midweek, but with Bordeaux happily in eighth, maybe they gamble a bit here.

Lee Kang In-- Suspended last weekend, and not sure if his red continues midweek, but I imagine on bench if not.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Cup vs. third tier team seems a good chance for Suk to start I imagine. He came on as a sub for final 10 minutes in a scoreless draw.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Still not in squad. And despite Sean Longstaff getting a red, Hayden returns so Ki likely to remain out for the foreseeable future.

Son Heung Min-- Sounded like he was lively and yet he hit the woodwork twice which was the difference between a possible win and the loss that they suffered. A loss away vs. the top of the table doesn't seem too bad but they remain in the lower half and an upset or two is badly needed to rebuild confidence.

Ji Dong Won-- Still out injured

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Weekend Preview Oct 25 and Midweek Recap Oct 21

Daylight savings starts in Europe this weekend so be wary of the changing times on Sunday.

Friday2:30 PMJi Dong WonMainzCologneFox Sports 2
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgLeipzigNone
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgLeipzigNone
Saturday11:30 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@LilleBeIn
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsNimesNone
Sunday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastleWolverhamptonNBCSN
Sunday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@LiverpoolNBC
Sunday4:00 PMLee Kang InValencia@OsasunaBeIn Esp

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Maybe makes the bench but likely not in squad let alone play.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Hopefully he can come on at some point but bench for now.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Should start with a full rest week under his belt.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Has been on bench but even sub role isn't guaranteed.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Probably out of squad and unlikely to play if he's in.

Son Heung Min-- Started and with his teammates finally contributing, was able to have a huge impact on the match, scoring the second and third goals and creating danger all day even if there was still a bit of slop to his play. Later in the match, he may have been trying too hard to get teammates in on the scoring when shooting may have been wiser, but the match was well won by then and he was subbed off near 70 minutes. Tempering the joy of Tottenham showing flashes of last season is the fact that they were playing fairly soft opposition and have a much harder opponent this weekend. I expect Son to start against a manager that he's fared pretty well against.

Lee Kang In-- Didn't watch as he came on with 25 minutes left, but Valencia went down to 10 men and conceded late in stoppage time. I'll probably add my watching to the weekend recap as he's suspended this weekend with the red card picked up last weekend.

Ji Dong Won-- Still out injured

Monday, October 21, 2019

Midweek Preview Oct 21 and Weekend Recap Oct 19

A fairly disappointing week for the first tier guys with very little to watch, but a goal for Lee Jae Sung and Choi Kyoung Rok in the second tier isn't too bad.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade - 3PM on B/R Live -- With the long travel due to KNT duty, Son was rested on the bench, but Tottenham's attack was rudderless without him and Eriksen. When he came on, he provided an instant spark, nearing scoring when his shot was deflected onto the cross bar and being the source of most of Tottenham's offense after. Unfortunately, his decent play wasn't enough to earn Tottenham three points, and he should start tomorrow if they want to save their CL campaign. It is very worrisome that the team seems overly reliant on Son right now.


Lee Kang In -- Valencia at Lille - 3PM on B/R Live -- I didn't get to watch as he came on for final 15 minutes, but his manager was complimentary of his play... though it did seem like it was somewhat designed to comfort LKI after he was upset about picking up a red card in final minutes. Hopefully the suspension is short in the league, and as of now, I don't expect a major change in his role midweek, where I still expect him to be a sub.


Jeong Woo Yeong -- Unsurprisingly given his low depth position and international week, was left off of squad. At some point, this balance will not work.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Like Jeong, also an unused sub though at least he made the bench.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Again out of squad. January feels far away.

Suk Hyun Jun -- An unused sub with the ostensible excuse of protecting their one goal lead.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Was rested after international duty, and played well when he came on in the second half on the left side of the attack. He had some good touches and had a decent shot or two, and a goal that was chalked off for a foul/offside I didn't quite catch. He's looking a bit more comfortable in the hybrid left winger/second forward role, and was a bright spot despite not scoring.

Ji Dong Won -- Out injured

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Weekend Preview Oct 19 and Weekend Recap Oct 5

I forgot to write my notes down so really going on memory here. I'm doubly sad that there's a November international break too :(

Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@Union BerlinFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@Union BerlinFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainz@DusseldorfFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@ChelseaNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamWatfordNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMLee Kang InValenciaAtletico MadridBeIn
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsMontpellierBeIn Play
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxSt EtienneBeIn Play

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Made the squad but did not come on. Maybe he makes the bench but unlikely to play.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Did not come on which is a bit disappointing given their need to equalize but not surprising either. I don't expect much difference this weekend.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Have to really think about his future at Newcastle after being left out of the squad. With the Longstaff brothers as local heroes, he'll have to wait for injury or long period of poor showings to help, and yet Bruce seems to prefer Shelvey despite the latter's poor season.

Son Heung Min-- Started but tried too hard to be a hero and ended up not helping Tottenham on a miserable showing. Too much lost possession when he tried to dribble in bad positions in particular. Not the worst in the side but hard to credit or blame any one player when it was all so bad.

Lee Kang In-- I doubt going to Korea will help his chances of starting or even playing as a sub, but has a chance to play.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Played 10 minutes as a sub in a win, and scored a goal over international break in a friendly so hopefully past whatever prevented him from being in the squad previous weeks. Should be on the bench this weekend.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Started and played on the left wing for most of the match where he definitely looked out of position, but scored an excellent goal from range and played full 90. The biggest problem playing out wide are his instincts and lack of quickness, but he held the ball up well when called upon and provided some flexibility to the attack when he played more centrally or higher up. We'll see if playing the whole match reflective of greater fitness and how he's handled post international break, but for now I assume he starts.

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured