Jeju sit third in the K-League table after their latest bout of indifference (two draws, a loss, and a win in the last four matches). They are tied on points with last year’s nemesis Seoul FC – who incidentally have won four of their last five games.
This third place, however, looks precarious as Jeju are 10 points away from first placed Jeonbuk and only five points above ninth placed Ulsan. They could easily drop out of the playoff positions if this inconsistency continues.
In their first match Jeju criminally threw away a two-goal lead at home to Gyeongnam in the last 12 minutes to lose 3-2, something that would not have happened last season. They partially made up for this in the next two fixtures coming from two goals down to draw away at Seongnam and equalizing in 89th minute to snatch another away draw at Sangju Sangmu.
Jeju’s most recent fixture was a comfortable 2-0 away victory in Daegu which moved them back up to third.
Jeonbuk have easily been the best team in this turbulent K-League season and look unassailable at the top. However, second place (equaling last year’s finish) is only four points away. If Jeju put a run together they could easily make it. On the other hand, if they fall away then they could end up 10th with 10 games left.
United could do with at least 18 points to ensure a playoff berth.
In scandal news, the likelihood of Jeju’s involvement seems to have been lessened as Hong Jeong Ho was cleared of any wrongdoing. It emerged that Hong was offered money but rejected it and was therefore cleared of all charges. He can now resume his duties for Jeju and the national side. Let’s hope the scandal continues to steer clear of Jeju.
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