Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Weekend Preview Dec 26th

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, and even for those who don't, we can celebrate football's Boxing Day fixtures.  Only problem will be the congestion of TV though I think Ki might be the only one starting.  NBC listings are subject to change but I don't expect any given availability of bigger draw clubs to broadcast.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@BournemouthNBC Extra Time
Saturday10:00 AMYun Suk YoungQPR@Ipswich TownNone
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaWest BromNBC Extra Time
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamNorwich CityNBC Extra Time
Winter Breakn/aHong Jeong HoAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aJi Dong WonAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aKoo Ja CheolAugsburg
Winter Breakn/aPark Joo HoDortmund
Winter Breakn/aKim Jin SuHoffenheim
Winter Breakn/aSuk Hyun JunVitoria Setubal

Lee Chung Yong -- We'll see how his spectacular and important goal interact with the holiday fixture logjam.  I don't think this match will be his chance to start though if he does start a match soon, I'm thinking the next one vs Swansea given shorter rest and need for depth.  For now, I'm thinking a bench spot.  UPDATE: Bolasie and Sako look to be out so Lee Chung Yong has a strong chance to start. 

Yun Suk Young -- I don't expect him to be in the squad this weekend.

Ki Sung Yueng -- A big match at home as Swansea look to extract themselves from the relegation zone ahead of 2016.  Swansea have looked good but it hasn't translated to three points.  Ki's offensive game is starting to get good again so perhaps this weekend he'll find the goal as he'll most likely start again in the diamond.  The latest iteration has helped Ki contribute greater than in the same position under Monk.  While Britton does show signs of age, his quick and smart passing can get the ball to Ki to start the build up before opponents close down, and has the skills to do it himself when opponents press Ki.  In the former, Ki can exert his influence over the match greater than in the more isolated side of the diamond under Monk.  When Ki is pressed out of the buildup, Ki can move into offensive areas and become an offensive weapon.  Now what's needed is the final pass, better finishing and some luck for this to bear fruit for Ki and Swansea.

Son Heung Min -- Son has been a bit unfortunate with Tottenham playing so well while Son was injured and struggling a bit in his return to show his full set of skills.  With Eriksen looking a bit flat and the holiday schedule about to begin, perhaps a rested Son can come on and find his footing again.  I'm not sure if he'll start Saturday or Monday but he should start one at least and be on the bench for the other.  Hopefully he can find his shooting boots which have gone missing recently while still being the more complete midfielder that he has been since joining Tottenham.