Saturday, March 30th#BUSvBUC: Busan IPark (5th) vs Bucheon 1995 (4th) 13:00
Two teams that suffered FA Cup defeats square off in K2 as Bucheon 1995 make the long trip South to face promotion hopefuls Busan. For the hosts, this match has something of a must win feel to it after an embarrassing 1-0 defeat vs third division side Cheonan City midweek. Having made deep FA Cup runs the previous two seasons and looking to stake their claim as title contenders in K2 again this year, Busan's image took a significant hit as they were unable to score against the National League team. However, there may be some silver lining for Busan. After splitting focus on multiple competitions in recent years, they now have a single competition to focus on and can put all of their effort into winning K2. Getting a win this weekend over a faltering Bucheon side would go a long way to helping those chances.
While not nearly as shocking as Busan's loss, Bucheon also exited the FA Cup following a surprising 3-1 home defeat as they were unable to hold off Seoul E-Land. Defender Choi Hyunbin getting sent off in the 51st for his second yellow of the night sealed the deal with all of E-Land's goals coming after Bucheon went down to ten men. The loss marked the second in a row Bucheon conceded three times mainly due to discipline issues after their league match last weekend saw Asan's Ko Muyeol bag a hat trick with two from the penalty spot. Bucheon will need to be much more controlled this weekend if they're to prevent Busan from taking all three points.
Read Tom Marcantonio's full preview and prediction here.
#JNDvGWA: Jeonnam Dragons (8th) vs Gwangju FC (1st) 15:00
For the second time in four days, Jeonnam welcomes Gwangju FC to Gwangyang Stadium and will be hoping for a much different result than their midweek FA Cup fixture. In a match that was essentially played behind closed doors with a few hundred in attendance and no TV broadcast, the Dragons fell 1-0 and were eliminated from the competition. The shutout loss was Jeonnam's second in four games in all competitions and continues to put pressure on manager Fabiano Soares to find the right combination soon. He put out a heavily rotated squad midweek likely with an eye on the weekend matchup, but the fact Jeonnam weren't able to muster a single goal is cause for concern a month into the season. Having rested some of his key players Wednesday night, look for Soares to field what he thinks is his best XI Saturday in a match that could turn their season around with a win.
Having already successfully made the trip to Gwangyang once this week, Gwangju is likely all smiles making the short drive East again so soon. Still undefeated in all competitions this year, Gwangju is in sole possession of first place due to their seven goal outburst in the opening three rounds. Felipe has been a revelation for the club up top as he leads the early Golden Boot race with five goals in just three games. With the porous Jeonnam defense lining up against him, look for him to get on the scoresheet again as these two sides meet for the first time in league play in nearly two years.
Read Ryan Walters' full preview and prediction here.
#ASAvSEFC: Asan Mugunghwa (3rd) vs Seoul E-Land (9th) 17:00
Two teams on opposite ends of the K2 table meet in the late match this Saturday when Asan Mugunghwa face Seoul E-Land for the first time in 2019. Asan saw their rollercoaster of a year continue midweek with a shocking 5-4 penalty shootout loss to fourth division side Yangpyeong FC in the FA Cup. After starting the season with an emphatic 3-0 win at Jeonnam, Asan followed it up with an equally resounding 4-0 loss at Gwangju. They then bounced back and beat Bucheon 3-2 in their first home match of the year and seemed to be well on their way. However, the Yangpyeong loss throws everything into flux as Asan struggle for consistency. Having beaten E-Land in seven of their 16 meetings and going undefeated against them in five straight matches, this seems the perfect match up for the title contenders to get back on track. But, as we have already seen this season, Asan are anything but predictable.
Flying high off their 3-1 extra time win over Bucheon in the FA Cup, Seoul head into Asan finally having scored some goals this year. After bagging just one in three league matches, they put three past a 10-man side and will hope it's the confidence boost Wesley Alex and Douglas Coutinho need to get going. Should that tandem find their rhythm this weekend, the Leopards could come away with a rare three points from Asan with a defense that has conceded just four times in four matches and held a clean sheet. With Asan still struggling to find consistency, Seoul won't have many better opportunities than this to prove they're for real this season.
Read Branko Belan and Michael Redmond's full preview and prediction here.
Sunday, March 31st#DCFCvSUW: Daejeon Citizen (2nd) vs Suwon FC (7th) 13:00
Two preseason playoff hopefuls meet for just the 14th time ever this Sunday when Daejeon Citizen hosts Suwon FC for the early kick off. In perhaps the most shocking of all the #Cupsets Wednesday night, Daejeon not only lost to a university team, but failed to even score a goal against the youngsters. For a team that nearly made the Promotion/Relegation Playoff final just a few months ago, it's an enormously disappointing way to exit the FA Cup. Regardless, they'll have little time to dwell on it if they're to stay near the top of the K2 standings. The Purples will look to Aurelian Chițu and 23-year-old Park Inhyeok to keep the scoring going this weekend against a Suwon side that has yet to hold a clean sheet in the league.
One of the few K2 clubs to avoid the embarrassment of losing to a lower division side, Suwon FC enter the weekend having dismantled Chungju Citizen 6-0 midweek. For a team that has struggled mightily with goals for well over a calendar year now, getting the likes of Chisom Egbuchulam, Sebastián Velásquez, and An Byongjun on the scoresheet in any manner could pay dividends for the club. All three are new not only to Suwon, but to K League as well, and though they will continue to need time to adjust, confidence can go a long way for the newly formed attacking trio. Suwon need that confidence to come sooner than later as they have scored just three goals in as many games and won't be facing competition anywhere near as easy as Chungju this weekend.
Read Paul Neat's full preview and prediction here.
#ANSvANY: Ansan Greeners (10th) vs FC Anyang (6th) 15:00
The final match of the K2 weekend sees FC Anyang traveling to Ansan in what is affectionately known as the Line 4 Derby amongst the teams' supporters. Still winless in 2019, Ansan's 3-2 loss at Hwaseong FC in the FA Cup pushed their winless streak to seven games dating back to last season. The Green Wolves will point to controversial VAR decisions in nearly every match they have played this season as the reason for their current standing, but the simple fact remains they desperately need points if they're to be near the playoff field later in the season. While a lack of scoring was the biggest concern for Ansan last year and coming into this season, the eight goals they've conceded in four matches in all competitions is a more immediate worry this weekend.
Still in sixth place, but fading fast, FC Anyang could use a win to prove their 4-1 opening day victory over Busan IPark wasn't simply a one off. To do so they will need to register their first goal in K2 since that opening day win having suffered back to back 1-0 defeats in the league. Former Houston Dynamo midfielder Alex Lima has looked to be the man to solve the goalscoring drought at times, but can't do it all from the midfield. If the Violets are to get back to their winning ways this weekend, they'll need some of their young strikers to step up and take pressure off of the veteran.
Read James Walsh's full preview and prediction here.