FC Seoul on the rise and Jeonbuk Hyundai on the decline. A confrontation of ‘poles against poles’ unfolds on Children’s Day.
Seoul and Jeonbuk clash in the 11th round of the ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ kick-off at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on the 5th.
With Na Sang-ho leading the scorer (7 goals), Seoul is recording the league’s most goals this season with 21 goals, and is in second place with 19 points (6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses). I am hoping for a winning streak in the living room. On the other hand, Jeonbuk, which has fallen into a slump to the point where the word ‘winning DNA’ is colorless, is pushed back to 10th place with 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses (10 points). Coach Kim Sang-sik, who was given a ‘retirement discipline’, returns to the bench and seeks a turnaround.
However, the situation in Jeonbuk is not good. While Cho Kyu-seong, Kim Jin-soo, and Song Min-gyu, the main airborne personnel, left due to injuries, Hong Jeong-ho and Kim Moon-hwan, the key players of the defense, were sent off for protesting the referee’s decision in the match against Gangwon on the 29th of last month (0-1 loss), so they cannot play against Seoul.
Seoul, which ranks first in the league with an average audience of 29,487 this season, with the’Lim Young-woong effect’ at the forefront, also sold more than 35,000 tickets in advance as of noon on the 3rd. Seoul has a 17-game winless streak (4 draws and 13 losses) against Jeonbuk since July 2017. There is a rain forecast for Children’s Day, but with the enthusiastic support of home fans, Jeonbuk hunting is drawn.
Suwon Samsung,안전놀이터 which is in the lowest place (12th place) with a draw in 10 games (2 draws, 8 losses, 2 points), will play an away game against Incheon United (12 points, 9th place) at 4:30 pm on the same day.
On the 30th of last month, Incheon took off after beating Pohang Steelers, who were running undefeated, 2-0. Attention is focusing on whether Suwon, a time as chaotic as Jeonbuk’s, will achieve its first victory under Choi Seong-yong’s acting system, or whether Incheon will advance in winning streak mode.