A fierce confrontation is predicted in the 26th round of the K-League 1.
□ Match of Round – Undefeated March ‘Pohang VS Gwangju’메이저놀이터
In the 26th round, Pohang and Gwangju, who are running undefeated side by side, meet.
Pohang, the home team, has recently recorded 2 wins and 2 draws, undefeated in 4 consecutive games, and is in 2nd place (45 points). The difference between 1st place Ulsan and 12 points and 3rd place Jeonbuk is 5 points. Therefore, in order for Pohang to evade Jeonbuk’s chase and pursue Ulsan, it must continue its good flow.
Pohang’s biggest advantage is its various scoring routes. Pohang has recently scored 9 goals in 4 undefeated matches, and what is more surprising is that all 9 goals have been scored by other players. In the two previous games, midfielder Oberdan scored his K-League debut goal, and defender Ha Chang-rae scored his second goal of the season. In addition, Pohang’s Kim Jong-woo, who left due to an injury, returned in the last round, and Jung Jae-hee, Sim Sang-min, and Shin Kwang-hoon are also imminent.
If the main players return like this one after another, Pohang’s power can be stronger.
Meanwhile, Gwangju succeeded in winning streak by beating Daejeon 3-0 in the previous 25th round. With this victory, Gwangju surpassed the goal of winning 10 games of the season. Gwangju has been on a good trend with 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss in the last 10 games, raising the ranking to 5th place (37 points). Gwangju is characterized by aggressive soccer based on a large amount of activity, but contrary to concerns that it will suffer from a thin squad and summer players’ physical problems, they are getting stronger as time goes by. Gwangju, riding a good trend, will challenge the best K-League 1 record this season. Gwangju’s previous K-League 1 record was 6th in 2020.
The third match of the season between Pohang and Gwangju, which is trying to continue their undefeated march, will be held at Pohang Steel Yard at 8:00 pm on the 13th (Sun).
□ Team of Rounds – Ulsan needs to regain firepower
Ulsan (57 points) has dominated the top spot throughout the season, but their upward trend has slowed down a bit recently. Ulsan showed overwhelming performance this season with 2 wins in a row of 6 and 1 win in a row of 5, but in the last 5 matches, it has stagnated with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. In order for Ulsan to aim for the first two league victories in the club’s history this season, they must regain overwhelming firepower again.
In order for Ulsan to rebound, the scorers of Joo Min-gyu and Bako (each with 11 goals) must be activated. Joo Min-gyu has not scored since the 21st round against Pohang, and Bako has not scored since the 23rd round against Suwon. Therefore, Ulsan’s offensive power can dance again only when the toes of the two players explode.
Also, it is urgent to fill the vacancy of Park Yong-woo, who transferred to UAE Al Ain in the summer. In Ulsan, after Park Yong-woo left, Kim Min-hyeok and Boyanich are emerging as substitute resources, but they have not yet fully established themselves as the core of the midfield. Ulsan’s midfield control must be revived to overwhelm the opponent as before.
Leading Ulsan, who has homework in offense and midfield, will meet Gangwon (17 points) in 12th place in this round. Ulsan has been strong enough to go undefeated in 24 consecutive matches (21 wins, 4 draws) for about 11 years against Gangwon, and has won both head-to-head matches this season. The match between Ulsan and Gangwon at an important time will be held on the 12th (Sat) at 7:30 pm at Gangneung Sports Complex.
□ Player of Round – Kyo-Won Han (Jeonbuk) ‘getting sharper in the summer’
Han Kyo-Won contributed to Jeonbuk’s 2-0 victory by scoring 1 goal and 1 assist in the previous round against Incheon in the 25th round. Thanks to Han Kyo-won’s performance on this day, Jeonbuk jumped to 3rd place (40 points) with 9 home wins in a row.
This season, Han Kyo-won is a veteran who is spending his 10th season in Jeonbuk alone with a difference of 13 years as a pro. This season, Han Kyo-won recorded a low attack point by only scoring 1 goal and 1 assist until the 24th round, but raised expectations for the future by showing a sharper appearance in the previous game.
In particular, Han Kyo-won has a unique career as a strong player in the summer. Han Kyo-won holds the record for scoring the most goals (20 goals) in July and August among active K-League 1 players. Therefore, Jeonbuk, which is fighting fiercely for the top ranks, believes in Han Kyo-won’s sharp toes even in the hot August.
Jeonbuk will meet 11th place Suwon (18 points) this round. Jeonbuk recorded 1 win and 1 draw against Suwon this season. The third match of the season between the two teams will be held on the 12th (Sat) at 7pm at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.