Thursday, October 18, 2018

Weekend Preview Oct 20 and Recap Oct 6

Sorry for the late post but of course, very little to report on between injuries and lack of use. So you didn’t miss much.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgLeipzigFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgLeipzigFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastleBrightonNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@West HamNBCSN
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonLilleBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsAngersNone

Ji Dong Won-- Still our injured

Koo Ja Cheol-- Was still sick. Baum didn’t mention him missing so perhaps he’s back in the mix this weekend.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Again left out of squad and the frustration had to be very high when he can’t beat out guys that were more or less out of squad at last days of window like Hayden. Being gone for international break can’t have helped so we will see if he can make the bench but pretty pessimistic right now.

Son Heung Min-- A bit better with some good dribbles and hard running but he still had some sloppy moments. And how he didn’t get a shot on target when he had space in the box was particularly worrisome. With Alli still out though Son should still have a role this weekend even with Eriksen coming back and international duty. Most likely it will be off the bench though if Eriksen can go 90.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Not great when you only come on as a striker when it’s 0-0 only at the 82nd minute.  I expect bench again for him but maybe he was able to change minds over international break.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weekend Preview Oct 6 and Midweek Recap Oct 3

Man, Augsburg, Tottenham and Newcastle all on TV and with Koo getting sick, maybe not much to watch beyond a sub appearance or two.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@DortmundFox Sports 2
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@DortmundFox Sports 2
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamCardiff CItyNBCSN
Saturday12:30 PMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@Man UtdNBC
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@AmiensBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@NimesNone

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Koo came down with an illness so we will see where that puts him, but unlikely to start and strong possibility of missing match.

Son Heung Min-- A pretty poor showing where every pass was too cute or too inaccurate and his pace didn’t cause Barcelona much problems. He did have a goal disallowed and he did technically have an assist for a simple pass but it was no surprise when he was subbed off. He got the start with injuries to Alli and Eriksen so we will see how Poch lines em up and who’s fit as its not like Sissoko is an improvement.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Things look bad for Newcastle... does Ki get a look? I’m guessing no but maybe he makes the bench.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Might Suk get two starts in a row?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Weekend Recap Sep 29 and Midweek Preview Oct 3

Chempions league returns (yay) and international break looms (boo).  Down below, Lee Chung Yong made his first start as well.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Barcelona - 3pm ET on TNT. Started and played almost the whole match in a hybrid blended role of his own and Eriksen. When he got out behind defense, he looked really good with some good touches and pace but as a playmaker he was a mixed bag. He did provide the key pass to Rose for the penalty but there were way too many lost passes as he tried to get too precise or took on too much risk.  Still a positive trend but far from his best. With some injury questions we will see if Son starts. My guess is that he will be off the bench but Poch might need to start Son.


Ki Sung Yueng -- Was left out of squad and based on comments, it was purely tactical. Of course Newcastle continues to struggle so perhaps we will see Ki sooner rather than later but not good sign given only September.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Finally got the start and played 84.  I didn’t get to watch but he looked industrious in touch video but his off ball movement is always my question with Suk.  Still no goals from anyone.

Ji Dong Won -- Still out injured.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Returned from injury and came on for just less than a half hour. Had some really great touches but also a bit slow, but he may have been running conservatively given the fact that they were winning by two and then three. He started off in a 10 role but soon with more subs, Koo moved to CM. Hard to read too much except that he’s playing again.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Weekend Preview Sep 29 and Midweek Recap Sep 25

Two matches in a week is a pain, especially given the lack of minutes by the guys midweek. Also a reminder that Hamburg (Hwang Hee Chan) faces St Pauli (Park Yi Young) in derby on Fox a Sports 1 at 7:30 AM. HHC has a mild injury and PYY has been struggling for form so we will see if it’s a Korean derby too (leaning to no).

Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastleLeicester CityNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Huddersfield TownCNBC
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@StrasbourgBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsBordeauxBeIn Play
Sunday12:00 PMJi Dong WonAugsburgFreiburgFox Sports 2
Sunday12:00 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgFreiburgFox Sports 2

Ki Sung Yueng-- I think Ki is on the bench for now.

Son Heung Min-- Came on a sub and though he wasn’t great, he did bring some energy and danger. He had one shot cleared off the line, and a claim (soft) for a PK and some good moments outside the box as well. A positive sign ahead of a start this weekend and probably corresponding bench for CL.

Suk Hyun Jun-- An unused sub. Given that they were losing by three, we will see if saving him for weekend or just not considered by manager. We will see but should be in squad anyway.

Ji Dong Won-- Still out with injury.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Missed midweek with injury but hopefully extra day for Sunday match means that he’s fit. I haven’t seen in training pics yet though.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Midweek Preview Sep 25 and Weekend Recap Sep 22

Every time a guy scores, they get hurt. And a lot of not playing or poor performances on this list and tiers below. And of course a nearly full midweek slate which sucks.

Tuesday2:30 PMJi Dong WonAugsburg@Bayern MunichFox Sports 1
Tuesday2:30 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@Bayern MunichFox Sports 1
Wednesday1:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonLyon
Wednesday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@Paris Saint GermainBeIn Play
Wednesday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamWatford(Cup)ESPN+
Offn/aKi Sung YuengNewcastle

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured with no word in return yet.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Koo showed his great touch and instincts in the box, trapping a chest perfectly and unleashing a perfect shot to help Augsburg tie up the match. He had been doing well during the match before the goal, starting deeper and then when Augsburg fell behind, moving up to second striker position. Sadly he missed an open shot that would have given Augsburg the lead, then went out with a mild knee injury and finally Augsburg lost the match. Fortunately, Koo’s injury seems minor and he’s possible to return this weekend but he’s out midweek vs Bayern. Which may be another reason to play it safe.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Continues to play final stretch but always off the bench and no goals for him or Reims. With short week, perhaps he gets a start vs PSG to use his work rate in a tough job.

Son Heung Min-- Started but on a very wet pitch, looked again a bit off the pace, though less of a disaster than before. My guess is that Son will start the cup to try to get him going and also reflective of likelihood to start PL this weekend but then again fixture congestion makes predictions tricky.

Ki Sung Yueng-- He made it back to the squad but he was disappointingly not used.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Weekend Preview Sep 22 and Midweek Recap Sep 18

Unclear how much there will be to watch this weekend but at least down below, we had Hwang Hee Chan score his first goal for Hamburg, Lee Kang In doing well in UYL, and Jeong Woo Yeong traveling with first team to CL match but missing out on making match day squad.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgWerder BremenFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgWerder BremenFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@Crystal PalaceNBC Gold
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@BrightonNBC
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@ReimsNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReimsDijonNone

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured when they needed him...

Koo Ja Cheol-- Should start after a good showing last weekend and limited warm bodies.

Ki Sung Yueng-- I think Shelveys status is uncertain and with a reportedly poor performance from CMs without Ki, we will see how Rafa sets up his midfield. I haven’t heard of any injury to Ki yet so for now I’ll assume he at least returns to bench.

Son Heung Min-- Son was really sloppy midweek and the team as a whole was a mess and were punished with a loss.  Son did have a couple of good moments but playing so wide and far from goal limited his ability to create danger. With Lamela and Lucas looking more in form right now, I imagine Son will be on bench this weekend.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Too bad KCH is injured. After coming off the bench, perhaps it’s time for Suk to start given lack of scoring but since I haven’t watched, I can’t tell if Suk deserves a start or not.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekend Recap Sept 15th and Midweek Preview Sept 18th

Sigh. It starts painful from the get go with the need to buy B/R Live subscription to watch Tuesday. No iPad app and a fairly high price hurts. For those preferring legal streams like me, I suggest using the monthly subscription which is $10/month where 3 months now will cover group stages, and 2-3 months will cover knockouts which is cheaper than the $80 all-in. Of course you have to remember to cancel and if you're Tottenham only, you can buy a la carte for cheaper.


Son Heung Min -- 12:55 PM on B/R Live at Inter Milan. Son only came on as a late sub with needing some rest but also the match which was going poorly to presumably start CL tomorrow. Son didn't have too much action when he did come on, but in the final seconds of the game, looked to have earned a PK with a good run into the box. Sadly it wasn't called. He should start midweek and we'll see who he plays with.


Ji Dong Won -- Came on as a sub and after some good touches, found himself with acres of space. He looked a bit surprised by how Mainz refused to close in, and eventually got into shooting position and blasted a shot for a goal to give Augsburg a lead. Sadly, it literally all went downhill from there, with Ji twisting his ankle celebrating and needing to be subbed off and Augsburg giving up two goals in remaining minutes. Hopefully his injury is minor and he can ride this goal upwards.

Koo Ja Cheol -- I only saw the last 35 minutes or so and Koo was positioned between a second striker role and a 10. He had some pretty good touches and played the whole 90.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Left off the squad. I'm not sure if he's not 100% after international travel, or picked up a minor knock but Rafa had a lot of people on the bench who weren't available either so probably both.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Was disappointingly still a sub and only came on for final 20 minutes or so.