Monday, May 7, 2018

Weekend Recap May 5th and Midweek Preview May 8th

A fairly sad Saturday with Swansea and Tottenham both blowing opportunities was followed by a better Sunday, particularly outside the regular guys on this list, with Ji Dong Won having a huge game to boost Darmstadt out of the relegation zone, Park Yi Young scoring to guarantee safety for St Pauli, and Lee Kang In scoring for Valencia's B team.


Ki Sung Yueng -- Swansea host Southampton at 2:45 PM ET on NBCSN. Obviously this match is critical to their survival, but Swansea played incredibly flatly in a winnable match on the weekend and now find themselves in the relegation zone. Fortunately, Swansea have their fates in their hands still and a reasonable final two opponents. But it was bad on Saturday and Ki was only ok as he struggled to find openings to create attacks. He was subbed off in final few minutes but that was only reflective of other players doing even worse. Because of that, Ki should start but perhaps with so little offense, Carvahal shakes it up to get goals.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Newcastle at 2:45 PM on NBC Gold. Son was a bench as Tottenham really messed up vs. lowly West Brom. Son eventually got on and his directness resulted in a half decent chance when he cut in and shot well. But he didn't get too many quality touches with Kane looking poor on top, and things generally a disjointed mess overall. Lucas played well so perhaps we'll see one or two of Son and Lucas come into the starting XI but they need to step up to keep their top four position.


Lee Chung Yong -- While it was great to see Bolton escape relegation by scoring two goals in final minutes and Crystal Palace assure safety with a win, LCY himself did nothing besides warm the bench. Perhaps Hodgson throws him some bench minutes now to apologize for keeping him and not using him ahead of WC.

Lee Seung Woo -- Came on as a sub and scored his first Serie A goal and it was a well taken volley from the top of the box. Unfortunately it came on a loss that relegated Verona. On the one hand, perhaps LSW might get a bigger role down there, but on the other, second tier tends to be more physical which is not his strong suit. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Troyes lost again, and now have very thin chances of survival. Suk came on as the third sub so he's still struggling for opportunities despite goal last weekend.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- A well timed run and blast meant a tenth goal for KCH and it sounded like he played a great game again.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Injured.