Friday, May 24, 2019

Weekend Preview May 24 and Weekend Recap May 18

I'm contemplating a new format next year, given far fewer people here than say Twitter. I'd imagine I'd just put schedule in a pinned tweet, then a minutes / rating / comment in another. This site would then have much less content but I would persist in duplicating that data at the least. I'd try to have longer forms for season pre-/reviews, but want to reduce my week to week burden a bit. And my ability to watch has been severely impaired by the shift towards the disaster that is BeIn which I don't get and can't DVR. That said, nothing's set in stone and I imagine preseason will be a good test of new process before I make a final decision.

Anyway, last non-singular preview of the season which is real late as I didn't figure that the last match would be on a Friday.

Also important to note, you can see Lee Kang In and the Korean U20 WC team start their campaign vs Portugal on Saturday at 9:30 AM. The match will be on Fox Sports 2.

Friday3:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonToulouseNone
Friday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsPSGBeIn
OffSon Heung MinTottenham
Summer BreakKoo Ja CheolAugsburg
Summer BreakJi Dong WonMainz
Summer BreakKi Sung YuengNewcastle

Kwon Chang Hoon-- The match got ugly real fast so hard how KCH did. They've still got a sliver of hope but they need a win. I imagine KCH will start but didn't watch last weekend.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Suk scored early, by pouncing on a lucky bounce, and that goal would be the match winner. Sadly I didn't get to see this live and he picked up an injury in training so he won't play this weekend.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Missed out with injury. We'll see where he ends up as it sounds like he won't return to Augsburg.

Ji Dong Won-- A surprise start given the risk to him, but the danger was low as Augsburg got destroyed and could barely get the ball up the pitch and his involvement was nil. My stream died but I'm certain I didn't miss much.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weekend Preview May 18 and Weekend Recap May 11

Recap is being generous as I didn't watch what little was out there.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@WolfsburgFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@WolfsburgFox Match Pass
Saturday3:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@PSGBeIn
Saturday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@BordeauxNone
OffSon Heung MinTottenham
Summer BreakKi Sung YuengNewcastle

Ji Dong Won-- Surprisingly made the bench but it looks like it was to send him off in front of home fans. We'll see if he travels but he's not going to risk injury.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Koo started but he picked up an injury 40 minutes in. It sounds minor but Koo will be thinking about next season too as it seems his contract situation seems at an impasse. Schmidt hasn't ruled him out so Koo could start. UPDATE: Koo has now been ruled out

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Came on late but became the hero scoring the winning goal that keeps their faint hopes alive. Unfortunately they have to play PSG. Was the goal enough to earn him a chance again at starting? He'll be in squad and I have to imagine would be hard to bench but I haven't seen him play in a while.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Suk did come on at 55' and reports were that he did help enliven the attack but not enough to help Reims or KCH's Dijon. Maybe that's enough to push towards a start.

Son Heung Min-- Suspended but Tottenham did enough to keep CL for next season.

Ki Sung Yueng-- I assume Ki went home with nothing to fight for. Shelvey apparently did play well in his absence so food for thought for Rafa ahead of summer planning even if Shelvey himself seems likely to leave.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Weekend Preview May 11 and Midweek Recap May 8

Wow, we have another Korean in the CL finals! Just as the memories of Park Ji Sung start to fade into a more distant memory, Son and Tottenham pull off a miracle coming back from being down by three in aggregate in the final 40 minutes. 3 PM ET on June 1st can't come soon enough.

Last PL weekend of the season as we get near the end here with not much on the line for most of these guys. Always makes predictions tricky but luckily for me, not too many more to make.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgHertha BerlinFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgHertha BerlinFox Match Pass
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonStrasbourgNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@CaenBeIn Play
Sunday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@FulhamOlympic Channel
Sunday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamEvertonSyfy

Ji Dong Won-- Doubt he'll play given his issues and pending move to Mainz and nothing to play for.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Koo will likely start though Schmidt did mention that he's looking ahead to next year and while Koo's contract remains uncertain, it's unclear if Koo will continue to line up.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- I think they have a lot of players suspended through red cards and the like so he has a decent chance of starting I think but they're desperate and who knows what they'll do to avoid relegation.

Suk Hyun Jun-- I'm not sure if last week went well or not so we'll have to see if he starts.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Last match of the season here  so suspect that Ki will start but not certain. Ki always likes to go home early and there are lot of players like Shelvey who may be antsy to play. UPDATE: Ki ruled out as his "knee" gets usual end of season flare up.

Son Heung Min-- If maybe he had a few breaks go his way, he could have had a hero day, but bad breaks like hitting the post and last ditch blocks made his showing a lot worse as excessive busywork in the box made for difficult chances. But he had quite a few positive contributions, whether deeper helping in the build up, or starting the attack leading to the second. Had they not made the finals, one may have said that it was a failed day, but given the historic win, hard to not see through rose-tinted glasses. UPDATE: Son loses appeal and is out for last PL match and first two next season.

As for Sunday, there's an outside chance he could win his appeal. But even a single match ban means that he will have to wait for CL final for his next match. Quite a long wait which means that he should start if he avoids suspension.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Midweek Preview May 8 and Weekend Recap May 3

We already have our first move of the summer with Ji Dong Won signing a pre-contract to move to Mainz, Koo's old club, on a three year deal. Sadly that means no more Ji this spring but hopefully it gives him a chance to get to 100% and be ready to go for preseason.

A surprise showing by Paik Seung Ho as well... maybe shouldn't put him on here so he plays more :)

Unfortunately, kid had a tournament this weekend and there was a high overlap with these matches...


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham go to Ajax, Wednesday on TNT at 3 PM -- I saw the first thirty minutes before I had to leave... but turns out I had seen almost all of his showing as he picked up a red card before halftime for retaliating after being hit and stomped on. That started an immense collapse as they went down to nine and lost. But again only to be again saved by other contenders for top four. With a GD advantage of eight on top of three points, as long as they do not implode this weekend, a top four finish is assured. Son has to realize he's the primary target now and not get ruffled by cheap shots. Before being sent off he was creating good danger even if Tottenham couldn't quite link it all together.

Hopefully the low consequences of the red eases some of the pressure that Son must feel to make up for his mistake because he will start midweek, with a side benefit of some freshness from going off early. We know Son sometimes gets wound up too tight to play well, but they need goals to advance to CL finals.


Suk Hyun Jun -- He came on with 30-ish minutes left and Reims down by two. I didn't see but it didn't seem that he got a chance to do much as they eventually lost by four. With Reims stuttering, maybe Suk gets a look from get go.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Ki played ninety in a tough loss to Liverpool as they battled hard. I didn't see and I imagine Ki didn't get as many chances to touch the ball as vs lesser opposition, but good to see him trusted by Rafa going into the summer against a top tier opponent.

Ji Dong Won -- Missed the match as it seems he's shut himself down for his summer move.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Played 67 minutes though Augsburg found out that they were safe the day before, so was a bit of a tough watch vs a Schalke team that was also looking for a draw for their own survival. Koo started off as left CAM though he did drop deeper at various times in the portion I saw. With Ji's move assured, we'll see if Koo wants to remain in Augsburg where he has a lot of stability and good will or seek a different situation for remainder of career.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Started in a surprise and played 79 minutes. Reports were that he started off brightly, but another red card for Dijon meant a tough challenge got tougher. Hopefully at least a sign that KCH can get more minutes over the final matches, even if Dijon's survival hopes keep getting dimmer.

Paik Seung Ho -- The match was well over when he came on with about ten minutes left but it wasn't a bad showing, linking well with his teammates and a nice long crossfield pass as well.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Weekend Preview Mar 3rd

Got a few conflicts this weekend so we'll see how much I watch live.

Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@BournemouthNBCSN
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsNimesBeIn Play
Saturday2:45 PMKi Sung YuengNewcastleLiverpoolNBCSN
Sunday7:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@SchalkeFox Sports 1
Sunday7:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@SchalkeFox Sports 1
Sunday9:00 AMKwon Chang HoonDijon@NantesBeIn Play

Son Heung Min-- Pretty disappointing to let in a goal on home leg, but at the end of the day, not a big deal, as a goal levels it both in aggregate and away goals. There was quite a bit of space that Son could have exploited. In the meantime, the battle for fourth is in good shape with just two points should be enough to guarantee CL football next season. With the match early and CL on Wednesday, Son should have enough time to recover for next week so he should start this one.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Not confidence inspiring to not play last week... we'll see if he makes the bench or gets any minutes.

Ki Sung Yueng-- I have no idea how Rafa will line up up for rest of season given nothing on the line. He should be in squad but we'll see if Shelvey starts again.

Ji Dong Won-- Its a bit early for news on Sunday matches. I'm guessing Ji won't take risk re-injuring being out of contract in a few weeks. Augsburg are still not safe but are only a win from safety.

Koo Ja Cheol-- We will see if Schmidt changes things up. I imagine Koo is a strong candidate to be shifted into starting XI.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- I don't know when desperation will kick in, but based on prior weeks, KCH is far from even getting to sub on.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Weekend Recap Apr 26

While Son's Tottenham play Ajax Tuesday on TNT at 3 PM, Son isn't eligible to play due to yellows so not bothering to post in that format. Pretty terrible weekend for the guys.

Ji Dong Won -- Missed out and we'll see if he suits up again this season. And with his contract expiring, if he suits up for Augsburg ever again. But Stuttgart won so their survival isn't guaranteed so more pressure for Ji to come back.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Came on off the bench with the match falling apart and couldn't change things for the better. The momentum of the match was killed with the third Leverkusen goal so hard to judge his play.

Son Heung Min -- Thank goodness Tottenham were bailed out by other contenders for the top four as it was a miserable showing. Son was not very good either with poor touch from fatigue showing everywhere with missed dribbles, rough first touches and worst, failed chances when he did get free to shoot. Fatigue and pressure are historically a bad combo for Son and it showed again this weekend. Hopefully a break from CL is what it takes to recharge enough for final stretch.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Shelvey started in his place and fortunately for Ki, didn't really grab the chance with frequent lost possession. Ki did come on though he wasn't at fault for the goal, but also couldn't really push for a second goal either. No major flaws but not a positive impact either.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- An unused sub in a huge loss which leaves them in automatic relegation spot. A few matches to go still but disappointing run of matches for Dijon and same for KCH's playing time.

Suk Hyun Jun -- He did make the squad but was an unused sub.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Weekend Preview Feb 26 and Midweek Recap Feb 23

As of now, it seems LKI is with U20 WC team and not called up so it seems his first season as a senior player could end on a quiet note. Valencia can still call on him if they feel a need, so not certain yet and maybe we'll see how the squad does this week without him.

Friday2:30 PMJi Dong WonAugsburgLeverkusenFox Sports 2
Friday2:30 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgLeverkusenFox Sports 2
Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamWest HamNBCSN
Saturday12:30 PMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@BrightonNBC
Sunday9:00 AMKwon Chang HoonDijon@AngersNone
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunReims@CaenBeIn Play

Ji Dong Won-- He returned to training and early indications are that he didn't suffer a setback which would have ended his season. We will see if he makes the squad this weekend. If healthy, he'd still be on the bench as their offense is in sync for now.

Koo Ja Cheol-- He's returning to training after an illness so he should be good to start or at least be in squad... maybe Schmidt might not change too much after such a good result.

Son Heung Min-- The good news is that he didn't look too fatigued. The bad news is that he didn't have to move that much as Brighton turtled up and as a result, had little room to attack the box. He had a half shout for a penalty and though the contact was strong and some arms at play, wasn't really a compelling PK call. He also had a very good chance in the second half when he shot over from close range. That said, he spent most of the match nibbling outside the edges of the box and as a result didn't really create much in the way of danger, spending too much time as a playmaker instead of scorer. Fortunately, Eriksen bailed out a sloppy Tottenham team with a goal and they stand in good place in the race for fourth. Since Son can't play midweek, he's likely to start this weekend. Hopefully West Ham gets out of their box a tad to give Son some room to work.

Ki Sung Yueng-- With safety guaranteed, we'll see if Rafa changes things up. It seems that for now Ki should continue to start as it looks like Shelvey won't stay.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Looks like he'll have to impact the match when he eventually gets on as a sub.

Suk Hyun Jun-- It seems starting CF is out for a month so perhaps Suk gets another chance in the squad at least.