Final A or avoid direct relegation…mid-table vs. bottom of the table in need of points

Posted on 14 September 2023 by

Final A (1st-6th) shooters face off against teams looking to avoid direct relegation.

After a two-week hiatus for the A-Match, the K League will resume on March 15. Leaders Ulsan Hyundai (61 points) and second-place Pohang Steelers (53 points) have clinched a spot in Final A early, leaving the other four spots up for grabs. Only three points separate third-place Gwangju FC (45) and seventh-place Incheon United (40).

With four matches remaining before the final round, Pohang, currently in Final A, fifth-place Jeonbuk Hyundai (43 points) and sixth-place Daegu FC (41 points) will host relegation-bound 10th-place Suwon FC (29 points), 12th-place Gangwon FC (21 points) and 11th-place Suwon Samsung (22 points), respectively, in the 30th round of the K League 1 2023.

First up, Pohang will host Suwon FC on the 16th. With a 2-0 win over Incheon in the previous round, Pohang has 53 points and is assured of a spot in Final A. Even if they lose all four of their remaining matches, seventh-place Incheon can’t catch Pohang. Pohang has now closed the gap on first-place Ulsan to eight points as it consolidates its hold on second place. They will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games (W4 D4 L) as the only team capable of catching Ulsan by the end of the season.

Their opponents, Suwon FC, have secured nine points from their last five matches (W3 D2 L2). They picked up three points against Daejeon before the break to keep pace with Suwon and Gangwon on goal difference. They are now six points behind ninth-placed Jeju United (35 points), giving them ‘hope’ to continue their relegation battle in the remaining matches.

Midfielder Lee Seung-woo is smiling after his performance. The midfielder has scored four goals in his last five games after only two in the middle of the season. He is filling the void left by Rath, who left the team after being caught drunk driving. However, Suwon FC is winless against Pohang this season.

Jeonbuk is determined to catch Gangwon and not step back from the Final A spot. With no wins in their last four matches, they are in desperate need of a win. They have scored just two goals during their winless streak and are also suffering from empty goals. The need to break out of the winless streak is urgent, as five players (Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu, Park Jin-seop, Kim Jung-hoon, Park Jae-yong) have been called up to the Asian Games squad. There will be gaps across all positions.

This is good news for Gangwon, who are in last place. They are fighting to avoid direct relegation with Suwon. This is a golden opportunity for them to exploit Jeonbuk’s weaknesses.카지노사이트

A day later, on the 17th, Daegu and Suwon will face off. Both teams have different goals in mind, and both need points. Suwon is fighting Gangwon for the bottom spot, while Daegu is aiming for a Final A spot. The head-to-head this season is 1-1 in favor of Daegu, but Sejingya is out for the time being with a fractured rib. With summer signing Beltola integrating into the team, other foreigners will have to fill Sejingya’s void.



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