A fate as if written in a script, from Ulsan at the top to Suwon at the bottom… Lots of ‘face to face’ conflicts
There are many meetings with ‘six points’ as if they were written in a script. K-League 1 2nd and 3rd, 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th, 9th and 10th, and the 12th and 1st place in the K-League embroider the ground.
The topic of the 14th round of’Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ is’head-on collision’. The second group is an interesting arrangement. FC Seoul (27 points), Jeju United (20 points), and Pohang Steelers (19 points), who are recording 23 points side by side, are in 2nd to 4th places. The rankings differed in terms of points scored. The gap with leader Ulsan Hyundai (스포츠토토34 points) is wide. 11 points difference. First of all, you have to survive in the top 2 to plan for the future.
Seoul and Jeju will meet on the 20th at 6pm at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. The reversal of Jeju, which hovered in the lower ranks, is frightening. Pajuk’s 5th consecutive win. In particular, in the last 5 games, he boasts a perfect air-defense balance with 12 points and 1 goal (excluding 1 own goal). It’s an amazing change compared to the 7 goals-11 goals scored in the previous 8 games.
Seoul met Ulsan in the last round and lost 2-3, ending their three-game undefeated streak (2 wins, 1 draw). However, the hot attack power is alive. Seoul is scoring the most points among the 12 teams, with 2.07 goals per game. Although he was silent in the match against Ulsan, top scorer Na Sang-ho (8 goals) is Seoul’s most shining weapon.
In the first meeting of this season, Seoul won 2-1 against Jeju. However, in the recent 10 matches, Jeju has an overwhelming advantage with 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. If Jeju wins against Seoul, it will be the first time in the team’s career to record 6 consecutive wins in the K League 1. Pohang, another axis of the 2nd place group, will have an away game against 11th place Gangwon FC (10 points) at 4:30 pm on the 21st.
Daejeon Hana Citizen, who is causing a sensation as a promoted team, lost 2-3 to Pohang on the 13th and was pushed down to 5th place (21 points). In order to survive the battle for second place, a reversal is desperately needed. 6th place Daegu FC (17 points) is trying to win a streak. In the first match of this season, Daegu won Daejeon 1-0.
Jeonbuk Hyundai, a powerhouse with a head bowed, is worried about the lukewarm recovery. no winning streak It fell to 11th at one time, but now it is 8th. Jeonbuk invites Suwon FC (7th place) home at 7:00 pm on the 21st. Both teams have 15 points each. In terms of multiple points, Suwon FC (15 points, Jeonbuk 14 points) leads by one goal. It is urgent for Suwon FC to shake off the shame of losing 0-5 to Jeju on the 14th. Jeonbuk has no way other than 3 points.
9th place Gwangju FC (14 points) and 10th place Incheon United (13 points) meet on the 20th at 4:30 pm at the Incheon Soccer Stadium. The wind of the promoted team Gwangju, which had been noisy, came to a halt with 6 consecutive games without a win (2 draws and 4 losses). The offensive power is still alive, but there is no practical use. Dark horse Incheon, which was expected to be the ‘Big 4’, is also struggling to find a way out. It was fortunate that they got out of a losing streak with a goalless draw with Jeonbuk last weekend. Gwangju beat Incheon 5-0 in the 4th round. For Incheon, it is a match for revenge.
There is also a story in the meeting between Ulsan and the lowest-ranking Suwon Samsung (8 points). At 6:00 pm on the 21st, the whistle blows at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. Suwon coach Kim Byeong-soo, who appeared as a ‘firefighter’, won his first victory against Gangwon on the 13th. Suwon is wriggling with 2 wins and 1 loss recently. The difference between Gangwon and 11th placed Gangwon is 2 points. They are aiming for the last place against Ulsan, the first place.
However, Ulsan is unstoppable. After 6 consecutive victories, he is showing off his splendid figure of ‘absolute best 1’ with 5 consecutive victories again. There is one last homework left to be solved. After manager Hong Myung-bo took the helm of Ulsan, all jinxes called jinxes were torn down. He also escaped from a draw in Daegu this season. What remains is the first win away from Suwon.
Ulsan has 4 wins and 1 draw at home against Suwon, but on the road, it recorded 1 draw and 1 loss in the 2021 season and 1 loss last year. Director Hong’s motivation also focuses on this.