Who will rebound? Seoul-Gwangju showdown… K League 1 16R preview

Attention is focusing on what kind of drama K League 1, which is continuing fierce competition in the rankings, will create in this round.업소알바

In the 16th round, Seoul (8th place, 17 points) and Gwangju (9th place, 16 points) will face off.

Seoul, the home team, had a 0-0 draw with Gimcheon in the last 15 rounds. Seoul has no victory with two draws and one loss in the last three games, but needs the performance of foreign striker duo Ilyushchenko and Lingard to rebound. Ilyushchenko is tied for second in the league’s offensive point category with seven goals and two assists this season, and has a good sense of goal recently, scoring consecutive goals in the 13th round against Daegu and the 14th round against Pohang. If Ilyushchenko scores in this round, he can change Seoul’s frustrating offensive flow. Meanwhile, the striker who has been working with Ilyushchenko in recent games is Lingard. Lingard returned from injury and started the last three consecutive games from the 13th round against Daegu, showing light physical performance. Lingard has yet to score an offensive point, but he has certainly raised expectations with his performance. What’s left for Lingard is his K-League debut goal, which is worth looking forward to seeing in this match against Gwangju.

Gwangju, the away team, failed to accumulate points as it lost 0-1 against Pohang in the 15th round. Gwangju has also been sluggish in the past three consecutive games with no wins (one draw and two losses), but it aims to win the match with young players. This season, Jung Ho-yeon played in all games and posted three assists, ranking first (72 times) in forward passes in attack zones, sixth (16 times) in key passes, and seventh (843 times) in passes among all K-League 1 players. Um Ji-sung has one goal and two assists this season, and in the previous match against Pohang, he ranked first in shooting attempts (4 times) and second in passing in attack zones (23 times), constantly creating opportunities for offense. If Jung Ho-yeon and Um Ji-sung from Gwangju Youth perform well in this round as well, Gwangju can break the winless ring and raise its ranking. In particular, Gwangju should bring back pleasant memories in this round as it won 2-0 against Seoul in the opening match of this season.

Jeju (6th, 20 points) won its second consecutive game of the season with a 1-0 victory over Daejeon in the last 15 rounds. Han Jong-moo, who scored the winning goal on the day, led Jeju to victory by scoring a goal in the league for the first time in about two years since July 2022.

This season, Jeju boasts a solid defense and is tied for third in the minimum number of goals (18 goals) among the 12 teams in the K League 1. In all of the recent consecutive wins, he recorded no points, and goalkeeper Kim Dong-joon showed a full-point performance, blocking five effective shots in each of the two games. In addition, Song Joo-hoon, a central defender who is playing in all games this season, showed that he did not allow his opponent’s strikers to leave gaps, ranking second (76 times) in the air ball competition, sixth (20 times) in the ground competition, and seventh (23 times) in the interception among all the players in the K League 1.

Jeju, on the other hand, is at the bottom (14 points) in the team’s scoring division, and the offense’s performance is desperately needed to rebound. Jeju’s Yu-ri Jonathan (3 goals), who has recorded the most goals in the team, has not been able to play due to injury, and Jin Sung-wook was sent off in the last match against Daejeon. Jeju can look to a higher ranking only when the toes of strikers such as Hayes and Thales, who have yet to score their first goals of the season, including Seo Jin-soo, who has only one goal this season, burst.

Meanwhile, Jeju will meet Gangwon in the next round. The team has been on a three-game winning streak, beating Ulsan, Daegu and Jeonbuk in the recent three games. The two teams had a 1-1 draw in the opening match of this season, and their second showdown will take place at Jeju World Cup Stadium on June 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Suwon FC (5th, 24 points) added three more points with a 2-0 victory over Daegu in the last round. Suwon FC has been at the top of the standings with its stable defense compared to last season, and at the center of it is Kwon Kyung-won, a new central defender who joined the team in Suwon FC uniforms this season.

Kwon Kyung-won, a former member of Jeonbuk Youth, made his debut in the K-League in the 2013 season. Since then, he has played for Sangju Sangmu and Seongnam in the K-League, and gained experience by playing in various overseas leagues including Al Ahli, Tianjin, Gamba Osaka.

Kwon Kyung-won is a defender with a wide field of view and strong physicality, and has a strong reading and cutting ability. As evidenced by this, he has shown outstanding linkage skills by ranking first in the K League 1 forward pass successful (372 times), second in the middle-distance pass successful (474 times), and second in the pass successful (921 times). In addition, he was also faithful to his original role in defense, ranking third in clearances (85 times) and sixth in interceptions in the central region (12 times).

Based on his performance at Suwon FC, Kwon Kyung-won joined the national team for the second Asian qualifying round for the North and Central America World Cup in March and is also included in the list in June.

Meanwhile, Suwon FC will meet Incheon in this round, where Suwon FC won 1-0 in the first showdown. Suwon FC will challenge to win consecutive games against Incheon by banking on veteran Kwon Kyung-won’s performance. The second showdown of the season between the two teams will take place at Suwon Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

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