The harvest season is quickly approaching. The two-week international break was the prelude. There is not a single team that stretched out their legs and enjoyed their leisure time. From leader Ulsan Hyundai to last place Gangwon FC, all 12 teams are on thin ice.
Tension is rampant in Ulsan. They are maintaining the lead with 61 points, but the point gap that was once more than 15 points has narrowed to a single-digit 8 points. The second-place Pohang Steelers have 53 points. Ulsan has only 1 win (2 draws, 2 losses) in the last 5 games. The home game against Gwangju FC held just before the international break was a dark one for Ulsan. It was said that no player is greater than the team. There was no team against Gwangju. Coach Hong Myung-bo also said, “I can’t feel any sense of responsibility or cohesion. They say they have individual abilities, but in the end, if they don’t work as a team, each individual doesn’t show up,” and added, “There were images of dedication in the process of winning last year. But I don’t see anything like that at all.” “I can’t do it. I’m trying my best, but I feel like something is missing,” he blamed himself.메이저놀이터
Ulsan, which has nowhere to retreat anymore, will play the 30th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ against Daejeon Hana Citizen at Ulsan World Cup Stadium at 7 pm on the 16th. Daejeon is another difficult time. Ulsan is the only team without a win against Daejeon this season. 1 draw and 1 loss in 2 matches. There is also a power leak. Seol Young-woo and Eom Won-sang were selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games. Players such as Kim Young-kwon, Jeong Seung-hyun, Jo Hyun-woo, and Dong-kyung Lee, who traveled to Europe for international matches, also suffered from fatigue.
8th place Daejeon (37 points) also has a long way to go. They are putting their lives on the line to reach 6th place, which is the Maginot Line of Final A. The point gap with 6th place Daegu FC (41 points) is 4 points. If Ulsan wins against Daejeon, it will stand tall as the first team to win against its former club this season.
While Ulsan is struggling, Pohang, who is undefeated in 8 consecutive games (4 wins, 4 draws), will invite 10th place Suwon FC (29 points) to their home at 4:30 pm on the 16th. Pohang has won all 2 games against Suwon FC this season, so their steps are relatively light. For Suwon FC, escaping the relegation zone is an urgent priority. Pohang, which is challenging for a ‘comeback victory’, is secretly hoping that the point gap with Ulsan will be narrowed to 5 points in this round.
3rd place Gwangju (45 points), which is showing the best momentum, will clash with 4th place FC Seoul (43 points) at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2pm on the 17th. Gwangju, who even defeated Ulsan, is undefeated in the last 9 consecutive games (4 wins, 5 draws). Seoul, led by acting coach Kim Jin-gyu, succeeded in turning things around by winning the super match against Suwon Samsung on the 2nd. Neither team has yet confirmed their path to Final A. Gwangju took 3rd place, and Seoul hit Bae Su-jin to regain 3rd place. In two matches this season, Seoul took all the points.
Jeonbuk Hyundai, ranked 5th with 43 points, behind Seoul by many points, will face Gangwon (21 points) at Jeonju Castle at 2pm on the 16th. The biggest variable is that as many as five people, including Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-gyu, Park Jin-seop, Kim Jeong-hoon, and Park Jae-yong, joined the Asian Games delegation. We have no choice but to place our hopes on the strong player base. Gangwon, which is being pushed to the edge of a cliff, is putting everything on the line to ‘escape last place.’
There are only 4 rounds left until the ‘split junction’. The match between 7th place Incheon (40 points) and 9th place Jeju (35 points) is also interesting. The two teams will face each other at Incheon Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. on the 16th. Incheon is determined to overcome the 6th place threshold, and Jeju has nowhere to turn except for a twist.
Daegu will play an away game against 11th place Suwon (22 points) at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 4:30 pm on the 17th. Daegu is showing off its strong organizational power with two consecutive wins. Against Suwon, they have 1 win and 1 draw this season. Suwon, mired in two consecutive losses, must somehow maintain its 11th place position. There is no disagreement. From now on, all matches will be finals.