Gwangju vs. Daegu – K League 1, October 3, 2020
There is still an outside chance that Gwangju could sneak into the AFC Champions League places – but it needs to win on Saturday for that to happen.
Daegu definitely has the upper hand and could easily afford to lose this one and still make it into the final qualification spot.
Gwangju vs. Daegu Odds
Daegu is by no means a powerhouse in South Korean soccer, but it does have more pedigree than its host this weekend. Betway makes the Sky Blues the favorite to win this one and take the final AFC Champions League berth – and with the injuries and suspensions that Gwangju has to deal with, that is probably a fair assessment.
Gwangju vs. Daegu Match Preview
Games between these two clubs have served up an astonishing 16 goals this season and provided us with the incredible 6-4 win for Gwangju at the end of August. Four second half goals for the Yellows did the trick on that occasion but manager Park Jin-seop would probably take a narrow 1-0 win this Saturday instead.
Gwangju was also involved in one of the high-scoring games last weekend in K League 1 as it lost 5-3 away at Pohang after being 3-2 up with 20 minutes to play. But more worrying for the home side this weekend is that it will be without two of the regular front three – including the talismanic Felipe.
Although Gwangju has some very able replacements in its squad, Daegu will be very happy that the towering Brazilian will be missing after he gave the Sky Blues defense such a torrid time earlier in the season. Now the ball-playing talents of the Daegu attacking midfield should be able to control the game.
Confidence will definitely be high after the stoppage time equalizer from Park Han-bin won a point against league leaders Ulsan last weekend – and cued up some incredible celebrations from the entire squad. Continental soccer is now just about assured for next season – and one more good performance this weekend will confirm that.
Gwangju vs. Daegu Pick
Daegu to Win+115
Fixtures between these two this season have been some of the best games of the campaign as viewers have been treated to an avalanche of goals. I have a feeling that might not be the case this Saturday – but it is still sure to be a pulsating game.
The absences up front for Gwangju will make the difference and I’m not sure that the bookies are taking that into full account with the pricing of the game. That makes the away win odds very good value for me.