Friday, May 6, 2016

Weekend Preview May 6th

Augsburg and Hoffenheim can guarantee safety with wins, but Augsburg has a lot more challenge facing Schalke who still are in the hunt for CL football.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday9:30 AMHong Jeong HoAugsburg@SchalkeFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@SchalkeFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@SchalkeFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday9:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmund@Eintracht FrankfurtFox Sports 1
Saturday9:30 AMKim Jin SuHoffenheim@HannoverFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceStoke CityNBC Extra Time
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@West HamNBC Extra Time
Saturday11:15 AMSuk Hyun JunPorto@Rio AveNone
Sunday8:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamSouthamptonNBCSN

Hong Jeong Ho -- With Klavan sick midweek but recovering, HJH still looks like 3rd choice CH but will be in the squad.

Ji Dong Won -- Ji should be in the squad as well.  Caiuby isn't 100% and so who plays on the left is all a bit up in the air, but I think Ji will be a late offensive substitution if needed.

Koo Ja Cheol -- He should start again, and most likely on the right but clearly Augsburg needs better offense, and so a move to the middle (most likely in support striker role) isn't out of the question.

Park Joo Ho -- Still injured and remains out.

Kim Jin Su -- He's been in full training all week, but I don't think they trust him for such an important match.  So unlikely to be in squad.

Lee Chung Yong -- Will Pardew invite awkwardness as both Bolasie and Zaha are most likely out for the weekend?  It may be that LCY gets on the bench due to that, but I don't think he'll start or play.

Ki Sung Yueng -- So Swansea has rested their Euro stars for the rest of the season and so we will see who Guidolin selects.  Fer is back in contention and  if not Fer, there's a decent chance that Swansea will want to test some of their younger players.  So I don't expect much for Ki this weekend, though with nothing on the line, it can be hard to predict who plays, especially with Swansea perhaps thinking about how to increase Ki's value ahead of selling him this summer.

Suk Hyun Jun -- A rollercoaster week for Suk in the media, with reports that he was going to get one last start to prove his value; then Porto's manager denying that report with a defense of Suk who joined at a tumultuous time for Porto (new manager, struggles on the pitch); then finally leaving him off the squad altogether.  A very disappointing turn of events for Suk who has to be surely thinking about his future at the club.

Son Heung Min -- Son should start given his goal last week but what Tottenham will we see?  Dembele/Alli are both suspended and there's nothing to play for except finishing above Arsenal.  Hopefully Son can build up some momentum ahead of critical summer Olympics tournament where he will look to earn a medal and avoid military duty.