Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weekend Recap Jan 14th and Weekend Preview January 21

Kwon Chang Hoon is now officially a  member of Dijon and I get to re-learn Ligue 1 again. Unfortunately, Ligue 1 isn't available on my DVR so my observations may be limited at times.  Ligue 1 is on BeIn though and as their app is funky and poorly scheduled, check closer to match day if you do get it.

Bundesliga returns so lots of action and much more than usual on more basic tiers of TV.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday7:30 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@LiverpoolNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgHoffenheimFox Sports 2
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgHoffenheimFox Sports 2
Saturday9:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmund@Werder BremenFox Sports 1
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceEvertonCNBC
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Man CityNBC
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonLilleNone

Ki Sung Yueng -- Ki was great for a half, pressing real well and controlling the match but as Arsenal started to take control and Swansea lost a bit of confidence and energy, Ki's influence waned. It was a somewhat encouraging showing for Swansea despite final outcome, dominating large portions of the first half. Only bad luck prevented the positive break that may have swung things in Swansea's favor.  In particular, Ki looked to have drawn a penalty but instead got booked for diving. It looked like a PK on my first viewing, and though Ki did drag his leg a bit there was plenty of contact before. He should start again this weekend but it doesn't get any easier for Swansea as they face Liverpool

Ji Dong Won -- Augsburg gets Bobadilla back so we will see how they shuffle the lineup this weekend, but I would expect that Ji will start.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Same goes with Koo but he may slide into second striker/10 role but should be starting.

Park Joo Ho -- He's been on the bench of friendlies so maybe he makes the bench this weekend with some injuries in the squad.

Lee Chung Yong -- He played 20 last weekend that I haven't had a chance to watch, and played 90 in FA cup replay vs his former club. He apparently did well enough to play through the eventual win and avoid criticism for the slow start so I think he will make the bench but not start. But Allardyce will probably want something to improve so maybe he gets a chance.

Son Heung Min -- Came on in garbage time. Again, with Tottenham playing well, I don't expect his bench role to change but with a much tougher opponent, maybe he'll be called upon sooner if things aren't going well.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- The two themes of KCH's press conferences have been that of his playmaking ability and his left-footedness. I'm not sure how Dijon lines up and perhaps they'll change now that they have KCH, but for now, I think he will be on the bench as he will have only been with the team for two days, and he's been on winter break for a while now and needs to get match fit again.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekend Preview Nov 14th and Recap 7th

Farewell to Kim Jin Su as he goes to K-league to join Jeonbuk. I'm very confused as to how it came to this... he actually cost a fee, so maybe there was some demand for him, but if so, why didn't he go last summer? It's all very disappointing for a player with some flaws but also lots of promise. Hopefully he at least gets back into form and becomes an option for KNT again.

Kwon Chang Hoon may be headed in reverse to Dijon. Suwon appears to have admitted that he's being sold so it seems to be just a matter of paperwork and travel. Even with military commitment, the rumored fee (1.2m + sell on) seems like a low price for one of the more promising Korean footballers of recent times even if he's far from finished product.

We will see if Park Joo Ho goes somewhere but as of now, he's been given a fair chance in winter friendlies so not looking close to an exit.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamWest BromNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@West HamCNBC
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaArsenalNBCSN
Winter Breakn/aJi Dong WonAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aKoo Ja CheolAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aPark Joo HoDortmund

Son Heung Min -- He played ok last weekend, scoring a goal. He showed good touch (which regular followers of this blog noticed that I use as a barometer of how he's doing mentally) and some good pace, though with a lumpy squad, had a hard time creating influence. Lamela is still out so for now, Son should get some chances but with everyone doing well right now, he'll have to battle to get back into starting XI.

Lee Chung Yong -- He played 90 in the cup match at Bolton and reportedly played well. With Zaha out at AFCON, LCY shifts up the depth chart, but probably still be on the bench. Especially with replay midweek in the FA cup.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Was a surprise starter in cup match, and was reportedly a bit less sharp. With a full week of rest, hopefully he gets that sharpness back in a tough matchup in Arsenal. So far it seems he's re-established himself in starting XI so hopefully he keeps hustling and working to stay there.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Midweek Recap Jan 3rd and Weekend Preview Jan 7th

FA Cup starts this weekend so not too much to watch and not a large amount of action to recap either.


Ki Sung Yueng -- Swansea go to Hull City (Cup) at 10 AM ET.  Not televised.  While Ki was lacking some of the classiness that has marked some of his best performances, I thought it was a really good showing. Not only was it a good reversion to the type of effort he showed at Sunderland in similar circumstances, but it was also a large evolution in Ki's game. Ki really took charge of the match in ways he had been hesitant to do before.  In particular he drove the ball forward on the dribble frequently, unafraid to risk the ball at times by taking on defenders. While his passing is great, sometimes when a team is struggling, you need your CMs to take charge in the buildup and adding a more confident dribble is a huge asset. In a similar vein, Ki took advantage of his fluid positional role by making good runs into dangerous areas.

As for this weekend, we will see... Swansea's new manager Clement will be wanting to get a good result ahead of tough fixtures but Ki also looked pretty fatigued at the end of the match, having played 90 twice in just a few days after having been out of action for so long. My gut says that Ki will be on the bench but we will see.

Lee Chung Yong -- Crystal Palace go to Bolton (Cup) at 10 AM ET.  Not televised.  Unused sub though he did warm up at various points. He will look to impress during FA cup this weekend and going back to Bolton should give him ample comfort to do so. Allardyce mentioned the lack of rotation so I think that LCY will get a chance to start.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Aston Villa (Cup) at 11 AM ET on Fox Sports 1. Tottenham had a huge win vs Chelsea but Son was just a time wasting sub. With many of the other first XI having played so many minutes, I suspect Son will start but we will see if it's as a CF or wider. Given cup, it's hard to predict.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Midweek Schedule and Preview

Happy new year!  Just got back on the saddle so a bit abbreviated / late and also haven't watched a match in a while so reports on previous action just reflection on what I've read.  Bundesliga players are returning to their clubs today so there will be some friendlies for those guys if some don't move.

Today (Tuesday)

Ki Sung Yueng -- Swansea go to Crystal Palace at 3PM ET on NBC Extra Time. Ki started and played 90 last weekend so there's a decent chance that he starts today too but with Swansea really struggling, you never know what the interim manager (Curtis) will do ahead of Clement's formal appointment later this week. Fer though looks out of the mix after being pulled before HT so Ki should be in the mix.

Lee Chung Yong -- Listed him second as though he did come on as a sub last weekend, it seemed more about saving first team guys legs for this critical match. He should still be on the bench though and maybe his performance was enough so that he can get a few more looks.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Chelsea at 3PM ET on NBCSN.  He started and played 90 but apparently didn't do great so I'd expect Sissoko to come into his spot.  Perhaps Pochettino goes for surprise so not sure about anything but Son should have a spot on the bench. With Lamela returning soon, Son will need to up his performances though.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekend Preview and Schedule Dec 16th


DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Friday2:30 PMPark Joo HoDortmund@HoffenheimFox Sports 1
Friday2:30 PMKim Jin SuHoffenheimDortmundFox Sports 1
Saturday7:30 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceChelseaNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgGladbachFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgGladbachFox Soccer Plus
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@MiddlesbroughNBCSN
Sunday11:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamBurnley

Park Joo Ho -- So many injuries means he may warm the bench.

Kim Jin Su -- No change but rumors to Jeonbuk continue.

Lee Chung Yong -- He started midweek and played 80ish minutes. He didn't score or assist despite reports of being tidy which means Pardew will probably go back to his favored guys this weekend.

Ji Dong Won -- New manager in a shocking turn as Schuster was let go even before a half season. Ji will have to start again relationship wise but he should start.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Baum said Koo was ready to go so he could/should start.

Ki Sung Yueng -- I haven't heard if he's available yet but Swansea still struggling so he could get what his foot can handle... e.g. a start though I think bench is more likely.

Son Heung Min -- Was on the bench and came on for garbage time. With tottenham putting up 3, he may stay on the bench as Sissoko played well in his spot.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Weekend Recap Dec 10th and Midweek Preview Dec 14th

We'll see how much I get to watch midweek with extra Premier League action but from here on out, coverage will get thin as I head out to vacation.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Wednesday3:00 PMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceMan UtdNBCSN
Wednesday3:00 PMKi Sung YuengSwansea@West BromNBC Extra Time
Wednesday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamHull CityNBC Extra Time
Offn/aJi Dong WonAugsburg
Offn/aKoo Ja CheolAugsburg
Offn/aPark Joo HoDortmund
Offn/aKim Jin SuHoffenheim


Lee Chung Yong -- An unused sub but with Puncheon suspended and injuries, Pardew actually has a decision involving LCY. My guess is that Cabaye shifts up but there's a greater chance than normal for LCY to get some sub minutes.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Still out with broken toe.  Hopefully getting close.

Son Heung Min -- Started and wasn't great but Tottenham played terribly and really all the good things came from Son with good shots from distance.  When he was pulled it wasn't a surprise outside the fact that many others were playing worse. Was he pulled early to freshen up or will Pochettino go with Sissoko?  Not many alternatives... I'm leaning to a bench role but he could start and should come on as a sub if things are close.


Ji Dong Won -- A bit weaker Ji... he was working hard but his aerial work was a bit errant and in particular, he scuffed two great (but not easy) chances in the box. He's the only playmaker though which is a bit frustrating to watch Augsburg as Ji can't be in the box and create plays at the same time. It was a bad showing for Augsburg who lost their cool in a scrappy match and Augsburg will now have to start worrying about the ones below. Hopefully the return of Koo and others spark some offense.

Koo Ja Cheol -- He came on at 10 minutes and had one nice move to earn a corner but was a bit errant otherwise. Clearly he's not 100% else he would have come on sooner, but hopefully a positive sign. A week of training hopefully enough to get him to start but certainly bench if he's not 100%.

Park Joo Ho / Kim Jin Su -- Nothing to report.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Weekend Preview Dec 9th and Midweek Recap Dec 7th

Sigh rumbles of Ki going to China grow ever louder... but I'll try to remain optimistic until we get more formal confirmation.

Anyway, this is the last weekend I get to watch live ahead of a lengthy holiday vacation which may delay timeliness and probably completeness until after the new year.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Friday2:30 PMKim Jin SuHoffenheim@Eintracht FrankfurtFox Sports 2
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@HamburgFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@HamburgFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmund@KoelnFox Sports 2
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Hull CityNBC Extra Time
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaSunderlandCNBC
Sunday9:15 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Man UtdNBCSN

Kim Jin Su -- No change for him.

Ji Dong Won -- Ji's been on a great run and he should start again in a critical match to help solidify their table position and avoid a relegation battle.  The offense is getting some bodies back so hopefully Augsburg can find some rhythm to go with Ji.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Schuster indicated that Koo was still on track so barring setback, he should be in the squad.  After a moderate time off, we will see in what role, both positionally (for Altintop in CAM, for Schmid on right, or Max on left) and start or not.

Park Joo Ho -- No change for him either.

Lee Chung Yong -- With Crystal Palace having a strong win last week, don't expect a change to his bench-warming role.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Bradley said Ki is still out.

Son Heung Min -- Son started off strong and never dipped to the lows of a few weeks ago, but he did look a bit gassed as the game wore on and he was subbed off after 60.  He should start this weekend and the game being on Sunday hopefully gives him enough time to recharge.