Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weekend Preview April 1st

Another depressing international break but luck continues to shine on Stielike as Uzbekistan lose, keeping Korea in 2nd spot in the group. Weird XI, subs and complete lack of tactical approach means that every match is a struggle, with holes behind and no imagination going forward. The single star has been Ki who has done his best to fulfill his captain's responsibility and drive Korea to Russia. Nam Tae Hee was also decent with some good dribbling but uneven in other aspects.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@Bayern MunichFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@Bayern MunichFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmund@SchalkeFox Sports 2
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@ChelseaNBCSN Update
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@BurnleyNBC Extra Time
Saturday11:00 AMKwon Chang HoonDijon@MarseilleBeIn Play
Sunday8:30 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaMiddlesbroughNBCSN

Ji Dong Won -- We'll see what Baum has in mind vs Bayern... probably Ji as defensive winger as he was not used in Syria match so should be reasonably fresh but could try out alternatives depending on health. Was one of few not terrible vs China, but he was far from good.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo did play quite a few minutes in both matches but he's too valuable to leave on the bench so he seems likely to start. Was somewhat invisible in WCQ.  UPDATE: Apparently Koo picked up enough yellows to be suspended so isn't available for the weekend. All those silly fouls.

Park Joo Ho -- Revierderby? lol.

Lee Chung Yong -- Perhaps he gets a chance to warm the bench again, but I don't see anything more substantial than that.

Son Heung Min -- Played 90 minutes vs Syria, but missing China match due to yellows, means that jet lag + impact of travel greater risk than fitness. With Kane still out, Son will have a big role to play even if at less natural CF position. Hopefully he plays better than vs Syria as he was awful with every touch going a yard too far.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- He scored twice... for reserve team. Maybe that combined with two more weeks of integration time will be enough to earn him a look again but likely from the bench.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Was great for KNT but not sure that impacts his role for Swansea. With more health at FB, it remains to be seen if Ki or Fer will start. Given all his minutes (full 90 in both matches), he'll probably start off on the bench. During WCQ, he was the only one who could find cracks in tight defenses and willing to push forward while his teammates were always passing backwards.