Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Week Preview Oct 21 and Weekend Recap Oct 16

This list feels very long.

Thursday12:45 PMKim Min JaeFenerbahceRed Star Belgrade (EL)Paramount+
Thursday12:45 PMHong Hyun SeokLASK@Alashkert (UECL)Paramount+
Thursday12:45 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Vitesse (UECL)Paramount+
Friday2:30 PMLee Jae SungMainzAugsburgESPN+
Saturday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruher@Fortuna DusseldorfNone
Saturday8:00 AMLee Kang InMallorca@ValenciaESPN2/ESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@WolfsburgESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhampton@Leeds UtdNBCSN
Saturday2:30 PMSeo Jong MinDynamo Dresden@SchalkeNone
Sunday7:30 AMPark Kyu HyunWerder Bremen@SandhausenNone
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@LorientBeIN La Liga
Sunday9:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@West Ham UtdNBCSN
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@ReimsBeIN

Kim Min Jae-- Received a second yellow on the weekend so should be available to start midweek.

Hong Hyun Seok-- Didn't play this weekend so not sure if not 100%, being saved for what looks the weakest opponent in group, or what. Leaning to bench role.

Son Heung Min-- Son apparently had a false COVID positive but was cleared to play, but looked tired from international travel as his explosiveness looked muted. Fortunately, the opposition rolled over and Tottenham coasted through and Son benefited with an easy tap in goal before things got dicey from an awful own goal. Nuno may be resting his players as they had the day off so likely on the bench in order to start fresh on weekend.

Lee Jae Sung-- Came on as a sub with 20 or so to go and looked lively going forward on the right of a midfield three, as lively as one can against constant pressure by Dortmund. LJS showed impact of international duty in defending work rate, but balanced that by setting up one goal; LJS was able to head down a pass coming in too high to teammate to score. LJS also came close later with a well timed run but the incoming cross was just cleared. Unlikely not enough to join starters but hopefully keeping forward progress in earning minutes.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Started and played almost 80 in a win. Should start.

Lee Kang In-- One of his most disappointing performances in isolation and as part of a team. For the former, LKI struggled in a match where fouls were not being called and didn't do enough on the ball. On the latter, his problems were compounded by teammates not giving the logical return ball to LKI resulting in a poor attack despite playing against 10 men. Should start against his former club.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Jeong looked sharper on the ball with some good crosses and runs and then contributed on his own, able to find the soft spot in the opposition backline to head in a cross for the equalizer and the first Freiburg goal in their new stadium. Not a superb showing but certainly good enough to start vs. a side where Freiburg will want to attack.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Hwang started and played most of the match. I only saw first half and he looked a bit out of sync, maybe due to international travel, and certainly not helped by a poor Wolves half. Not sure how much he had a hand in comeback which would likely play into who starts this weekend. Leaning to thinking that he will start.

Seo Jong Min-- An unused sub last weekend but hopefully nearing a larger role. Not expecting a ton of minutes but hopefully stays on the bench at least.

Park Kyu Hyun-- Didn't make matchday squad and with timing, didn't get minutes with reserves either. Not sure what it will take to get a chance given side's suspect defense.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Had a gorgeous goal, scoring from some distance after a quick cut in. Also had a header off the post, and reports were these good moments were in spite of a bad Bordeaux performance. Unfortunately, Hwang twisted an ankle shortly after the goal... it doesn't sound serious but this weekend may be too soon.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on as a sub and likely to do so this weekend.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Weekend Preview Oct 16 and Recap Oct 3

Back after international break. Seo Jong Min back in the lineup after entering the match last weekend.

Saturday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherAueNone
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgLeipzigESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMLee Jae SungMainz@DortmundESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhampton@Aston VillaNBCSN
Saturday3:00 PMLee Kang InMallorca@Real SociedadESPN+
Sunday7:30 AMPark Kyu HyunWerder Bremen@DarmstadtNone
Sunday7:30 AMSeo Jong MinDynamo DresdenNurnbergNone
Sunday7:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesNiceBeIN Xtra
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxNantesBeIN
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@NewcastleNBCSN

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Apparently had a decent game in a draw, playing almost the whole match. Should start.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Haven't watched all of this match, but it was a mixed bag for Jeong in what I saw, more so with quiet periods rather than bad errors, though he did have a few passes that were too cute and led to opposition breaks. He had a real nice opportunity to score on a mis-cleared ball that landed right in front of him, but he got the corner of his knee which resulted in the ball going over. Given international duty, may be on the bench but should come on if they need offense.

Lee Jae Sung-- Disappointing to not see the pitch again despite the good showing last time. Not sure how much one can attribute to upcoming international break or what but given minutes, unlikely to do more than a cameo off the bench.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Really weird to see Hwang be the finisher that Wolves need so badly given struggles to be that most of his career, and even recently with KNT. Even though his total throughput was a bit more choppy than prior weeks, two really well taken goals when his side needed is a great sign and should start if recovered.

Lee Kang In-- Started off really quiet and when he started to turn it on in the second half, he started to fatigue and also overly favor his left foot leading to some missed chances due to the extra touch needed to shift the ball over. His shooting and free kicks were also a bit off; perhaps the minutes after a season of doing so little are starting to catch up to him and manager likely thought the same subbing him off. Likely to start.

Park Kyu Hyun-- Didn't play with first team but with schedule lining up, was able to get minutes with B team ahead of getting dental surgery over international break, scoring a goal. On the bench I think though not sure how the squad is doing fitness wise in terms of impact at the bottom of the squad.

Seo Jong Min-- Came on with 20 to go with the match still tight score-wise, but Dresden looked defeated already with some lackluster buildup and then some defensive frailty to give up a pair of goals. He had a couple nice touches playing as a left attacking player, starting off on the wing and pushing further up as score got worse, but also played showed his age with a couple excessive dribbles. Not much to note but hopefully a sign that he's working up the depth chart. We'll see if he continues to get a bench role.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Suk finally made the squad and even went right into the action, coming on as a sub. It sounded like he had a couple chances but not enough to score. Likely on the bench.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Another rough day at the office for Bordeaux though HUJ was apparently not the weakest in the offense and starved of service. Should start given extra day of rest.

Son Heung Min-- After coming on midweek with little to do with a lead that soon got blown out, Son took the team on his shoulders on Sunday and carried them to victory despite the intermittent struggles of Kane and continuing mistakes from the backline. Son looked the fastest player on the pitch and Aston Villa made little attempt to compensate for their shortcomings: Son took full advantage providing the work for both goals by stretching out the defense and sending in the final ball for both goals. On a standalone basis, breaks didn't work out for him in shooting but a strong showing when Tottenham needed it. Should start if travel goes ok.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Preview Sept 30 - Oct 3 and Recap Sept 25

October already!? International break after this week.

Thursday12:45 PMKim Min JaeFenerbahceOlymiakos (EL)Paramount+
Thursday12:45 PMHong Hyun SeokLASKMaccabi Tel Aviv (ECL)Paramount+
Thursday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamMura (ECL)Paramount+
Friday12:30 PMPark Kyu HyunWerder BremenHeidenheimNone
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@Hertha BerlinESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhamptonNewcastlePeacock
Saturday10:15 AMLee Kang InMallorcaLevanteESPN+
Sunday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruher@Jahn RegensburgNone
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@MonacoBeIN
Sunday9:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamAston VillaPeacock
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@NantesBeIN Play
Sunday9:30 AMLee Jae SungMainzUnion BerlinESPN+

Kim Min Jae-- Apparently playing real well but hard to motivate to watch a defender. I totally zoned out of boredom last EL match. Should start.

Hong Hyun Seok-- Playing very deep for Juniors, was surprised to see him in an attacking wing role in ECL.. not sure if thats his normal role now. He was on the bench this weekend, perhaps to get rested ahead of this match where I'd think that he'd start.

Son Heung Min-- What a train wreck. The lack of upgrades in the weak spots of the squad were infuriating with center midfield and defense completely caving in. I don't know how any manager can work around these issues but Nuno seems to be compounding problems with a lack of cohesion. For Son, hard to judge him too harshly as his play was pretty good when he had the ball, even scoring a goal. With Kane also playing poorly, though, the chances for Son were far too rare with the only future hope of help being Gil who seems to be adapting well. I'd expect him rested for ECL though a sub appearance may happen and should start this weekend.

Park Kyu Hyun-- Again both fullbacks were subbed off and the defense struggled but still Park KH remains an unused sub where he seems stuck for a while and may be thinking about a loan over the winter window.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Not a great performance but nothing great needed on a day when Freiburg quickly strangled any competitiveness out of the match early. He did miss a great chance to score but did well in the press and provided an outlet in the buildup otherwise. Given Hertha's problem, I would think Streich would think offensive and not mess with a side scoring three goals so leaning to a start for Jeong.

Hwang Hee Chan-- I have to admit that Hwang has really improved his touch and technical skills from his Salzburg days though he still lacks a cutting edge in the box. Each match he's had some really great moments of skill and adding in his pace and power were very helpful on a day when Wolves didn't have consistent control of the match. Leaning to a start but some tinkering on the offensive side is still needed so could be given a bench role, especially with international duty looming.

Lee Kang In-- Clearly showed some fatigue, with his already questionable workrate cut down even further despite his frequent time as a winger, though he did spend time in all three attacking midfield spots at times. He was unfortunate not to score on a free kick inches wide and had a few great moments in attack. He was subbed off after an hour looking pretty tired so it was disappointing for me to find out that Mallorca gave up their lead. He's been a positive in an up-and-down side so should start.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- CKR started and played just over an hour. Didn't have a strong match based on report. Should start.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Hwang played the full 90. I didn't wake in time to watch but apparently was a bit of a struggle behind leading to few chances for HUJ. Should start.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Still out injured.

Lee Jae Sung-- Came on a sub and showed some immediate quality despite the limited chnaces. It's been a bit uphill and international duty isn't helping his cause with his manager noting pre-match that only now had he been recovering from those demands. I think its been a bit more than that as LJS looked pretty tanked at the end of last season and that lack of sharpness appears to have eaten into his form leading to this season and KNT duty. Should be on the bench.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Weekend Preview Sept 25 and Midweek Recap Sept 22

Only watched some of the midweek fixtures with work. Some were dull enough that I'm not going to backfill...

Saturday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherSt PauliNone
Saturday9:30 AMLee Jae SungMainz@LeverkusenESPN+
Sunday7:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxRennesBeIN Xtra
Sunday7:30 AMPark Kyu HyunWerder Bremen@Dynamo DresdenNone
Sunday8:00 AMLee Kang InMallorca@OsasunaESPN+
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesAngersBeIN La Liga
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhampton@SouthamptonNBCSN
Sunday11:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgAugsburgESPN+
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@ArsenalNBCSN

Choi Kyoung Rok-- CKR should start and hopefully keeps his mini streak going.

Lee Jae Sung-- Hopefully gets off the bench this weekend and figures out a role.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Of course, Hwang goes on a tear when I had given up on bothering to get BeIN for the year with another goal midweek. This one was a beautiful rocket from a fair distance away as the opposing defensive line sagged too much. Unfortunately, in the highlights I've seen, HUJ had a few negatives, missing a great though not a tap in chance which Montpellier scored on the counter from and not covering his mark tight enough who ended up scoring from a corner. While reports had his performance as a positive in aggregate, Bordeaux also should be signing another CF. We'll see how that plays out but no changes are expected by Sunday where Hwang should start.

Park Kyu Hyun-- I don't expect anything.

Lee Kang In-- Lee Kang In had his first start with Mallorca and really took his chance, scoring a great goal when he took the ball off the kickoff, dribbled through Real Madrid's defense and shot it past the GK. Unfortunately, Mallorca's defense picked a bad opponent to have a bad day and LKI's good day was really in isolation. Outside his goal, LKI continued to show world class touch and some brilliant passing, but his work rate was poor and he took a few too many risks with some passes. He also played both at 10 and RW, though the latter was relatively brief, covering Kubo's withdrawal at HT due to injury and the subbing on of a right winger later in the match. Given Kubo's injury, LKI has a strong chance to start this weekend, hopefully in a more winnable match.

Suk Hyun Jun-- As mentioned, I'm assuming not in squad due to recovery or selection until he makes it.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Kind of a mixed bag for Hwang who showed a fair amount of effort but didn't influence the match as one would expect. He did have a hand in one of the goals as he pressed opposition into a turnover that the Wolves took advantage of. On the other hand, Hwang missed a few good to great chances and seemed to come in and out of the match, though the latter was partially due to Wolves' varying control of the midfield. Probably not a strong enough performance to earn a start but still in the mix for fair number of minutes.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- A more offensive mindset may be needed for Freiburg so maybe leaning towards a start but not sure.

Son Heung Min-- Son was forced to come on at the hour mark and suffer through ET as Tottenham limped their way to progress. The extra time was not ideal prep for the NLD where Son is sure to start. As for his showing, I wasn't paying super close attention, but he brought some danger right away with a great cross that Kane would score 9/10 times and caused Wolves to adjust their defense to try to clamp down on his threat.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Midweek Preview Sept 22 and Weekend Recap Sept 16-19

Fair amount of midweek action, all on a Wednesday.

Wednesday1:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@MontpellierBeIN La Liga
Wednesday2:45 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamWolverhampton (Cup)ESPN+
Wednesday2:45 PMHwang Hee ChanWolverhamptonTottenham (Cup)ESPN+
Wednesday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@LyonBeIN La Liga
Wednesday4:00 PMLee Kang InMallorca@Real MadridESPN+

Hwang Ui Jo-- Hwang had a huge brace in very difficult conditions which brought Bordeaux out of the relegation zone for the time being. His first was a relatively simple tap into an empty net. But his second was the highlight of the day, racing down perhaps a bit too deep and yet finding enough angle to beat defenders and goalkeeper on the far side despite what was a very wet pitch.  Apparently had a couple other chances but a good day. Should start.

Son Heung Min-- Son had a surprise start and Tottenham started to look more like Nuno's Wolves in terms of pace and pressing. Son was a big part of this but he started to struggle for impact as the match wore on, maybe reflective of fitness. Certainly a large part was Tottenham being completely controlled by Chelsea which is a worrisome trend after brief honeymoon period for Nuno. Son will likely get rested given injuries but then again, Tottenham need to get their confidence up so wouldn't rule him out for a large role or even a start.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Came on as a sub and created instant danger and flashed some great skills, particularly nutmegging a defender in the box with his heel, but couldn't quite get the last touch right in the limited showing and certainly Wolves were not looking great at that point after a frustrating day. Given cup match, I think HHC may get the chance to prove himself.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Still recovering with injury and I'm not sure if he'd be in squad if fit. Given that he's training at least partially, I'll just leave it there as he'll have to make squad first before opining about any minutes.

Lee Kang In-- Came on very late, with that entrance even more belated with the action not stopping while he was waiting to come in. Didn't do much and will hope for more of a chance midweek, though its a difficult matchup and high chance that he'll still be on the bench to start.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Streich played pretty conservatively and Jeong came on with a bit of a mixed bag with pace and energy helpful late but all the pieces not quite together with his teammates. I don't recall any major errors though.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Scored early, striking on a loose rebound and having his ball deflected into goal to keep his little scoring run going and keep Karlsruhe within shouting distance of the top.

Lee Jae Sung-- An unused sub which is a bit disappointing even if some was forced due to injury subs.

Park Kyu Hyun-- An unused sub.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Midweek and Weekend Preview Sept 16-19 and Weekend Recap Sept 10

I don't have anything major to say about these players but I did want to add for scheduling purposes the players in Europa/Conference League players who I hope to see. I was about to can the BL2 players but ESPN finally added a match to stream so they live for a few more weeks.

Thursday12:45 PMHong Hyun SeokLASK@Helsinki (UCL)Paramount+
Thursday12:45 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Stade Rennais (UCL)Paramount+
Thursday3:00 PMKim Min JaeFenerbahce@Eintracht Frankfurt (EL)Paramount+
Friday12:30 PMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruher@SchalkeNone
Saturday7:30 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhamptonBrentfordNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@MainzESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMLee Jae SungMainzFreiburgESPN+
Saturday2:30 PMPark Kyu HyunWerder BremenHamburgESPN+
Saturday3:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@St EtienneBeIN
Sunday8:00 AMLee Kang InMallorcaVillarrealESPN+
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesMontpellierBeIN
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamChelseaPeacock

Hong Hyun Seok-- Hong has been starting the big matches so a strong chance to start this week.

Son Heung Min-- Son did not play last weekend where Tottenham showed similar flaws that ruined last season. He did not travel midweek though Nuno didn't completely rule him out for the weekend. It sounds unlikely that Son would return but a big match vs. Chelsea may mean a spot on the bench if its close and he's healthy.

Kim Min Jae-- KMJ has been starting a lot so a good chance of him starting midweek.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- I said that CKR would need to score and what does he do but score! Maybe I should criticize his end product more. He broke through alone and was able to sneak the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. He should start this weekend.

Hwang Hee Chan-- HHC apparently only had 30 minutes of real team training after his return from KNT duty, but he came on as a sub and scored to clinch the victory for the Wolves. It wasn't the most difficult of goals, with HHC simply reacting quickest to a loose rebound in the box and knocking the ball over the line twice, but he's off to a strong start and got that troublesome first goal monkey off his back. Otherwise, he showed good pace on the press but definitely showed the lack of cohesion with his teammates. Given the little integration time, I think HHC will remain on the bench but should come on at some point.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- I haven't seen his whole showing just yet, but it was a very choppy match despite the high-paced back and forth action. When he did touch the ball, it was pretty good but not quite great enough whether it was on a cross to Höler that was an inch too high or a header too close to the GK. The other major problem was how intermittently he was involved in the action. It may be a week that Streich mixes it up but I suspect Jeong will get a fair amount of minutes either way.

Lee Jae Sung-- Came on as a sub, sporting a new haircut (sigh it made it a lot easier to identify him) and playing in a new role in his time at Mainz, playing on the left side of the midfield 3 in a 5-3-2. He did well defensively for the most part, especially given the too frequent handoffs of responsibilities by the LWB, though it was far from perfect. There will be some trial and error in figuring out his best role and while Mainz continue to do well, I don't expect him to start just yet.

Park Kyu Hyun-- Disappointing that he continues to not even get a garbage minute debut.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Started but had to come off with what looked like an injury but was apparently cramps from all the workload. That may be a sign that he needs a rest but not sure he will get one with the lack of alternatives and with Bordeaux at the bottom of the table.

Lee Kang In-- Made his debut as a sub, and showed a fair amount of rust combined with overenthusiasm as some simple touches went away from him. But when he did get onto the ball well, he had some really nice passes. A debut but far from his best and we'll see if his role increases as he adapts to Mallorca but I suspect on the bench this week.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Still out injured I think.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Weekend Preview Sept 11

I'm realizing that BeIN La Liga is still called that despite losing rights this summer. Weird. 

International breaks and the timing of the transfer window makes this difficult but I'll do my best. And I have no idea if there are mini self-quarantines and the like to increase complexities of a club return. I've also been crazy busy with work so not super up to date on all the news as I normally am.

Saturday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherHolstein KielNone
Saturday7:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Crystal PalaceNBCSN
Saturday7:30 AMPark Kyu HyunWerder Bremen@IngolstadtNone
Saturday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@MetzBeIN 4
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgCologneESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMLee Jae SungMainz@HoffenheimESPN+
Saturday10:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhampton@WatfordPeacock
Saturday3:00 PMLee Kang InMallorcaAthletic BilbaoESPN+
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxLensBeIN La Liga

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Should start but they'll be looking for more offense.

Son Heung Min-- After not even being on the bench for WCQ, concerns were raised but it appears to be a minor calf issue so far. I will assume that at most will be on the bench but more likely rested ahead given two matches next week if he is that close to fit.

Park Kyu Hyun-- One of the fullbacks is out so maybe closer to action but still think he will only be on the bench.

Suk Hyun Jun-- I've no clue if he's fit or not but sporting director did mention his value being greater than a random transfer so he's still on the radar once he is but unlikely to have a big role right now.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- International break would have been a risk for his positive momentum, but not being called up should help him here with a possible side bonus of not being involved in the mediocre offensive output this week. Should start given this.

Lee Jae Sung-- On the other hand, a fair amount of minutes in international duty hurts LJS' chances so I expect him on the bench, especially after Mainz' output before and the limited integration time he's had.

Hwang Hee Chan-- I'm curious to see how this plays out but I expect HHC to be used as an option off the bench, and international break should only increase the certainty of that.

Lee Kang In-- Total wildcard here with no KNT time meaning two weeks of integration could mean a bigger role to start. I don't know Mallorca well enough to know if that's a start but maybe a good chance for it.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Bordeaux don't have too much alternative but HUJ did play quite a bit with KNT even if you didn't see him due to his invisible performances. I suspect a start.