2012.4.27 Weekend PicksK-League
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (4-1-4) at the Suwon Samsung Bluewings (6-2-1)
Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, Gyeonggi
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Two teams tabbed as 2012 title contenders will meet for the first time this season on Saturday.
Suwon is currently first in the standings with the league’s best defense. The team has only allowed three goals. In fact, it has never given up a goal at home, with Eddy Bosnar and Kwak Hee-ju holding down the back line.
Seongnam currently sits in ninth place, but is cruising recently on a three-game winning streak.
It will be interesting to see how both teams’ foreign strikers perform. Seongnam’s Brazilian attacker Everton Leandro Dos Santos is currently the top scorer in the league with seven goals, while Suwon’s Dzenan Radoncic, who will be facing his former team, is just one goal behind.
Suwon also has an Everton, Everton Cardoso Da Silva, to the support team’s attack. Suwon leads the all-time head-to-head record with 22 wins, 18 draws and 17 losses.
Gyeongnam FC (2-2-5) at Jeju United (5-3-1)
Jeju World Cup Stadium, Jeju
Sunday, 5 p.m.
Second-place Jeju, who hasn’t lost in six matches, host Gyeongnam in hopes of extending their run.
Jeju is currently the best offensive team in the league with 17 goals so far. The team’s attack is led by Brazilian Santos, who has five goals and is No. 1 in assists with four.
Gyeongnam has not scored a goal in the last three games, but it has a better head-to-head record against Jeju with five wins, nine draws and three losses.
Jeju has come up with various events to celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary. A total of 1,982 gimbap (seaweed rice rolls) will be handed out to fans on a first-come-first-served basis.
London Olympic Asian Qualifiers
Tangeum Lake, Chungju, North Chungcheong
Thursday to Sunday
The Asian qualifiers for the Summer Games started yesterday with 217 rowers from 23 countries in Chungju, North Chungcheong, which will also host the World Rowing Championships next year between Aug. 25 and Sept. 1.
A total of 17 passes to London will be up for grabs in four events. In the men’s single scull (M1X), six nations will qualify for the Olympics, while five nations will go to London in the women’s single scull (W1X). Three passes are allotted for both the men’s and women’s lightweight coxless double scull.
Korea participates in all events and will look to earn four different tickets to the 2012 London Games.