Writer's Chat: Pohang Steelers vs Suwon Bluewings Preview
Here we have two once great teams vying for a spot back into the Classic next season. With only five matches left this season every point counts and every match will be a battle. Can Pohang return to winning ways with Choi Soon-ho back at the helm? Or will Suwon Bluewings look to spoil his return?
Scott Asks, Josh Answers
Scott Whitelock: Barring a remarkable run of results from the teams below them, Pohang likely only need a couple of win to prolong their stay in the Classic for another year. Where do you feel these final 2 wins can come from?
Josh Bulloch: So far this season Pohang has played it's best at home and that may give them a slight advantage over this weekend's match as well as versus Suwon City and Seongnam. Also with newly re-acquired manager Choi Sin-ho he'll try to get Pohang back to winning ways. I do believe Pohang can win all home matches but I think Incheon and Gwangju on the road will give them some trouble.
SW: After having only scored 4 goals in their previous 9 away trips, Pohang scored 4 goals away at Seongnam in their last game. What was the game changer that day?
JB: Well I think there were two game changing performances in that match. Moon Chang-jin the man of the match had an impressive showing it seems he's starting to really come into form. The other performance comes from a position where Pohang has really been lacking this season, goal-keeper Kim Jin-young had another outstanding performance making 8 out of 9 saves. Pohang all year have been leaking goals early and often in some matches and that really brings down a team so I'm sure other players took notice of his performance and in turn they stepped up their game and that's why Pohang was able to win by such an incredible margin.
SW: What are your predictions for this game? Where do you expect the game to be won and lost?
JB: I think we'll see a high scoring affair, with in form players Johnathan, Santos, Shim Dong-woon, and Yang Dong-hyun it's hard not to expect goals in this one. Whichever team owns mid-field will win this game. I'm not expecting a draw like we have seen previously in this fixture. I do like Pohang's chances at capturing victory they do have the edge by playing at home and the return of ex-player, ex-manager Choi Sin-ho I'm sure his first match back at the Steelyards he'll expect a win from his Steelers.