Thursday, May 17, 2018

Weekend Recap May 12th and Weekend Preview May 19th

I’ll be honest, I thought all the leagues were done with the BL and PL.  It was a pretty poor watching weekend for me between Mother’s Day and lack of minutes.  I don’t know if much better this weekend given LSW “injury” and no stakes for KCH.

Saturday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@JuventusBeIN
Saturday3:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonAngersNone
Saturday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyesMonacoBeIN Play
Summer BreakKoo Ja CheolAugsburg
Summer BreakLee Chung YongCrystal Palace
Summer BreakKi Sung YuengSwansea
Summer BreakSon Heung MinTottenham

Lee Seung Woo-- Got a full 90 and looked on touch video similar to previous showings: a bit over eager, a bit soft but also some flashes of something. He’s out this weekend due to “injury”. As to just something that allows him to join KNT training early or something minor that makes sense for him to go join KNT anyway is unclear and not that important. He will want to do well to escape Serie B and I imagine Verona might be interested in helping him along if that brings in funds for a more B appropriate player.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Scored again as he was rewarded for his hustle as he pressed GK and fortuitous bounce allowed him an easy goal. He will be looking to top the team in goals which would be an impressive showing for a guy who’s not been a regular starter and not a true forward either.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Got the start, played 70 and had a hand in goal I think based in reports IIRC. But Troyes still remain in relegation zone and a draw isn’t enough.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Out injures.

Lee Chung Yong-- He got a five minute cameo to say farewell. His first touch was atrocious as he went tentatively for the ball, but was good given the low tempo and pressure.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Left out of side, and unclear if Ki checked out early, Swansea let him go early, or Carvahal looking to shuffle things in an attempt to end season on a good note.

Son Heung Min-- Came on with eight minutes or so left as he revealed he’s been playing with an ankle injury for a while which explains Poch’s careful use of his minutes and his drop off in form. Not much to say about his showing except that Lucas and Lamela looked pretty good and he will have a tough challenge when he comes back from WC/AG

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Midweek Recap May 8th and Weekend Preview May 12th

Really disappointing to see Swansea relegated and becoming the second KPA one down this season and the only drama left in this final season is if Troyes can escape with a win and some luck. The lack of drama means I will probably have limited real time engagement this weekend.

Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@FreiburgFox Match Pass
Saturday3:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@LilleBeIN Play
Saturday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@MontpelierBeIN Play
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaUdineseBeIN Play
Sunday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceWest BromNBCSN
Sunday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaStokeE!
Sunday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamLeicester CityOxygen

Koo Ja Cheol-- Out injured

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Like most KPAs at this time of year you are hoping for health first and confidence second. I think he has plenty of latter now so he will have to avoid former on final day.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Things are bad for both Suk and Troyes. Since he was a late sub last weekend, I expect him to be in bench in a must win.

Lee Seung Woo-- Perhaps he gets a start as Verona plan for next season in Serie B.

Lee Chung Yong-- Since Crystal Palace is safe, one would hope that LCY would get some sub minutes in exchange for damaging his WC chances by rejecting his winter move.

Ki Sung Yueng-- A frustrating showing from Ki who looked to be pressing a bit and had quite a few uncharacteristic mistakes. He ran hard but couldn’t get a grip on a match where any bit of class could have dramatically changed the outcome. As it stands, Swansea are relegated and would need a miracle to survive. It has been quite amazing to see a club make the same mistakes every year, with spending the most at a decently stocked position (DM/CM), yet having no quality out wide or in a 10 role, and poor and rushed manager decisions. A mess which shows how luck can sometimes be perceived as skill (Jenkins) and what greed can do to a club. With Carvahal likely to get sacked we will see who he lines up.  I imagine Ki wants a rest but otherwise I’d expect him to start.

Son Heung Min-- Had the assist for the winning goal that ensured CL for next season but like Ki was a bit ragged ruining good opportunities with some weak and sloppy play. Yes, the referee was allowing too much contact but it wasn’t excessive and he should have done better. It was surprisingly poor again from Tottenham and Son did create a lot of danger when he wasn’t making mistakes but he was subbed off first looking pretty fatigued. I think Son will want to start to add to his goal tally which has stalled out recently but perhaps Poch will wat to start planning for life without Son in the fall when Son is at the Asian Games.

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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Weekend Preview May 5th

As I mentioned on recap, not going to watch much this weekend live if any at all.  Sorry.

Saturday7:30 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Stoke CityNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgSchalkeFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@BournemouthNBCSN
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@West BromCNBC
Saturday12:00 PMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@AC MilanBeIn
Sunday10:30 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@LyonNone
Sunday11:00 AMKwon Chang HoonDijonGuingampBeIn Play

Lee Chung Yong-- Benchwarming I guess.

Koo Ja Cheol-- Out for season.

Ki Sung Yueng-- I think Ki starts and hopefully finds better chemistry in a more winnable match.

Son Heung Min-- I’m less clear if Son will start.  Obviously a lot riding on a win but a weak WBA side may encourage Poch to mix it up in attack some.

Lee Seung Woo-- I assume bench looking for third sub minutes.

Suk Hyun Jun-- We will see if goal was enough to propel him back into starting conversation but for now I think he will try to be impact sub.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- KCH should start and hopefully keeps positive trend upwards over last three matches.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Weekend Recap Apr 28th

Season nearing the end for pros and for my kids too, so didn't get to watch much thats not on DVR this weekend, and going to watch less this weekend. I wish L1 were easier to watch on-demand...

Lee Chung Yong -- The game was so well won, that LCY even got on for five minutes of garbage time. I didn't bother watching even though unlike the L1 guys, it's hanging out on the DVR.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He had more impact than last week... but that wasn't all positive as he had a really hard time linking with his similarly errant teammates. He showed good energy though and the desire was there even if things weren't quite clicking for Swansea. Unfortunately, there were no free points for Swansea and now are only a point above the relegation zone.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- In a week when KCH got nominated for TOTW, KCH had a new challenge playing as a second striker. Seems he struggled a bit in the new position but also had a few chances.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Finally back scoring as he came on as a 77' sub. Watching the highlight it looked good taking teammates header right to the box and shooting inside the far post. A huge win for Troyes who remain within touching range of escaping the relegation zone.

Lee Seung Woo -- He came on again as a sub but not sure how he did.

Son Heung Min -- Started and his pace caused a lot of problems for Watford. That said, his touch was pretty poor even relative to his poorly performing teammates. He had some 50/50 that he was unfortunate not to get a foul in good positions in and did decently passing but wasn't quite able to find that extra gear towards goal.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Out for season with injury

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Weekend Recap Apr 20th and Weekend Preview Apr 28th

Sorry about the late reports. Life happens. Hwang Hee Chan and Salzburg face Marseille this afternoon on Fox Sports 2 at 3 PM ET.

Also apologize for the lack of time links. I'm looking to redo that somehow with a script but for now it has to fall off as I get away from some messiness.

Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@Hertha BerlinFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceLeicesterNBC Gold
Saturday12:30 PMKi Sung YuengSwanseaChelseaNBC
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@BordeauxBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyesCaenNone
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaSPALBeIn Play
Monday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamWatfordNBCSN

Koo Ja Cheol-- Out for the season with a knee injury. It was surprising to see him take himself off so quickly as he didn't look in immense pain but with nothing to play for, no surprise for him to play it safe ahead of WC. The club saw it the same way as they let him go back to Korea to recover for what they had termed a couple week injury. We'll see about the severity but he was in better form than most and a lot of worry ahead of World Cup.

Lee Chung Yong-- I'm surprised he hasn't found a way to get his contract cancelled with lots of players coming back. If Wickham and the gang are healthy, he'd drop out of the squad but it sounds like a bit away from LCY losing even his bench spot.

Ki Sung Yueng-- When Ki had the ball, he looked really good with some great passes. Unfortunately, he almost never had the ball as Swansea were just picked apart. While Ki wasn't at fault for the defensive collapse, he wasn't working full speed either in defense. With another difficult matchup this weekend and Swansea sinking closer to the relegation zone, we'll see if Ki starts.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- I had to check repeatedly if KCH was taken off in the first half as he was completely invisible. Then he turned things on in the second half with some great shots and passes and was very unfortunate to not get a PK and got a yellow for a dive. He added a bit of dramatization but it wasn't a dive. Otherwise, he still played it a bit too risky here and there but Dijon are safe and so he should start this weekend.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Continues to be an option off the bench coming on fairly late and again can't make the difference as Troyes remains stuck in relegation zone. I didn't watch the match so can't really comment too much here.

Lee Seung Woo-- Another one I didn't watch but he looked ok in touch videos but remains out of sync with his teammates and looking a bit too eager over all. With Verona looking likely to get relegated, perhaps he gets more and more looks ahead of planning for new season but for now, I think a bench role for him.

Son Heung Min-- Started off brightly and provided some good width as he took advantage of Valencia repeatedly. Unfortunately, his influence waned as fast as his energy level and it was no surprise when he was subbed off even if the subs didn't make much of a difference. A very disappointing loss, and I'm not sure how Poch will try to get his team going as fourth place remains uncertain.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Midweek Recap Apr 17th and Weekend Preview Apr 20th

Sorry about missing Verona's midweek match... fortunately a lot on the plain channels this weekend so hopefully will watch a bit more than usual.

Friday3:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonLyonBeIn
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@WatfordNBCSN
Saturday12:15 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamMan Utd (Cup)Fox
Sunday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgMainzFox Sports 2
Sunday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@St EtienneBeIn Play
Sunday11:30 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@Man CityNBCSN
Monday2:45 PMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@GenoaBeIn Play

Kwon Chang Hoon -- KCH should start as he stays in hot (albeit slightly lucky goal-wise) form.

Lee Chung Yong -- Crystal Palace is getting somewhat healthier so maybe LCY drops off the bench soon but I don't think this weekend.

Son Heung Min -- Son plaed 90 and was quite dangerous when he got into attacking areas, and set up their goal with good balance and footwork to keep the ball inbounds with the ball finding its way to Kane who scored. That said, Son also had some errant touches as he looked a bit eager to prove himself for this weekend's huge match. I don't know which XI Poch will put out but my gut says that Son will start but I was wrong last weekend.

Koo Ja Cheol -- With a suspension and Finnbogason possibly returning, Koo's exact role stays murky but he should start this weekend as he's been one of few good Augsburg players over this dry run.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Probably bench and hope he gets on as a sub.

Ki Sung Yueng -- With Clucas getting fitter, perhaps Ki drops to the bench but to be honest, I'm not sure what Carvahal will do to try to scrape a point against a possibly undermotivated Man City who just won the title. Its a free opportunity for points but they're only four points clear and "free" doesn't mean not needed.

Lee Seung Woo -- Played again as a sub but didn't see anything on him yet. He looks like he's earning that sub role and hopefully that translates to a goal or an assist soon. But he'll be a sub this weekend I think.