Suwon Samsung Bluewings (17-10-8) at FC Seoul (16-10-9)
3 p.m., Saturday, Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul
This is the final clash between two rivals in the “Super Match” derby. The two teams are even this season. In their first meeting, Suwon beat Seoul 5-1, followed by a 0-0 stalemate. In the latest match in September, Seoul got revenge with a 3-0 win.
Seoul captured the AFC Champions League ticket by winning the FA Cup last week, so should feel less pressure.
However, this is its final match played in front of home fans this season and since defender Cha Du-ri will have a retirement ceremony, there is still a lot of motivation for Seoul to go for the win.
Cha can’t play this match because of a yellow card accumulation. He has said the FA Cup final will be his last match as a player. Seoul’s Brazilian forward Adriano, who is league’s second top scorer with 15 goals, will also be out because of a yellow card accumulation.
V-League men’s division
Woori Card Hansae (2-5) at Samsung Bluefangs (2-5)
2 p.m., Saturday, Chungmu Gymnasium, Daejeon
The Bluefangs have yet to miss the championship series since the V-League started in 2005. Though the season has just started, the Bluefangs might not even enter the post season if they continue to struggle as they have been as they are currently sixth among seven teams.
After failing to get their eight consecutive title last season against OK Savings Bank Rush & Cash, the Bluefangs’ well-known coach Shin Chi-yong resigned and the team was taken over by his long time assistant coach Im Do-hun. But the team isn’t like the old days.
The Bluefangs hope to come back from two straight losses against Hansae. In their first encounter on Oct. 27, the Bluefangs won 3-2.
Samsung Life Blue Minx (0-1) at Shinhan Bank S-Birds (1-0)
7 p.m., Friday, Incheon Dowon Gymnasium, Incheon
The S-Birds opened their new season with a thrilling 69-68 win against KB Stars, while the Blue Minx suffered a 63-51 loss against defending champion Woori Bank Hansae in their first game.
S-Birds forward Monique Currie will again have to face her former team. The 32-year-old American played with the Blue Minx last season. She was also the WKBL Foreign Player of the Year in 2013/14 season with the Stars.
The Blue Minx are trying to make a fresh start this season with new coach Lim Geun-bae, who has been assistant coach for Ulsan Mobis Phoebus in men’s basketball. The team this season has re-joined with former player Amber Harris who topped WKBL in scoring and blocks in 2012/13 season.
This is the first home game for the S-Birds, so the team is especially hoping for a win.