Gwangju and Daejeon finally collide

Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 round 11 has various points to watch, such as ‘Battle of promoted teams’, ‘Slow starter Jeju’, and ‘Na Sang-ho’s scoring march’.

□ Match of Round –

Gwangju and Daejeon meet in the 11th round of ‘Gwangju VS Daejeon’, a sensational promotion team. Both teams are showing off attacking football that does not go down against strong teams, and are recording more than expected results.

First of all, the home team, Gwangju (6th place, 13 points), is doing well with the foreign players recruited this season. Asani, the Albanian special player, is doing well by scoring 4 goals, while defender Timo from the Netherlands has played in all matches up to the 10th round and puts up a solid defense. In addition, Ahn Young-gyu, Lee Sun-min, Doo Hyun-seok, Park Han-bin, and Kim Kyung-min, who were promoted last year, are still alive this year.

However, Gwangju recently lost in round 9 against Jeju and round 10 against Ulsan in a row, and is in a situation where it has slowed down for a while. Although Gwangju lost both matches, it received good reviews in terms of the content of the match. Coach Lee Jeong-hyo also expressed his feelings after the match against Ulsan in the 10th round, saying, “I did everything I could against the first place team. I showed anticipation to show a better performance in the future league.”

The away team Daejeon (4th place, 17 points) has recorded 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in the preceding 10 matches, keeping the top spot throughout the season. In particular, Daejeon demonstrated its potential to win against both Ulsan and Seoul, which are currently ranked first and second respectively.

This season’s Daejeon players are characterized by their ‘crazy performances’ in all positions. Goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun played all games up to the 10th round and is ranked first overall in the K-League 1 in both catching (17 times) and punching (22 times). Last year’s K-League 2 Best 11 defender Cho Yoo-min and newly recruited Azerbaijani national defender Anton boasted a solid defensive line, and the attacking team such as Thiago (4 goals, 2 assists) and Lee Jin-hyun (3 goals, 4 assists) also showed off their toes. It’s fierce.

However, Daejeon suffered a 0-3 shock loss in the previous 10th round against Jeju, which was Daejeon’s first home loss of the season.

Therefore, both Gwangju and Daejeon successfully completed K-League 1 soft landings, but in this round, they faced each other in a situation where a reversal of the atmosphere was necessary. The match between the two teams on the K-League 1 stage will be held on the 6th (Sat) at 7:00 pm at the Gwangju Soccer Stadium.

□ Team of Round – Slow starter ‘Jeju’

Jeju recorded 2 draws and 3 losses in the first 5 matches, causing concerns, but in the last 5 matches, they managed to turn the atmosphere around with 4 wins and 1 loss. Jeju immediately rose to 5th place (14 points), and recorded 4 consecutive away wins in the month of April, showing a unique appearance that is stronger on the road than at home. In particular, in the previous 10th round away from Daejeon, they won a great 3-0 victory, and in the game that day, Kim O-gyu, Jeong-woon, and Kim Bong-soo all scored the first goal of the season.

At the beginning of the season, Jeju suffered from line injuries to key players such as Choi Young-jun, Jeong-woon, Ahn Hyeon-beom, and Lim Chae-min, but recently, Jeong-woon and Ahn Hyeon-beom have returned and are contributing to their strength again.

The foreign duo Hayes (3 goals, 1 help) and Yuri (2 goals, 2 assists), who joined this season, also seem to have melted into the team.

Jeju’s goal now is to win the home game. Jeju, who has yet to win at home this season, will challenge the hunt for three points in the 11th round. Jeju’s opponent is 3rd place Pohang (19 points). While Pohang continued their undefeated streak this season, they recorded their first loss of the season with a score of 0-2 in the previous round against Incheon in the 10th round.

Last year, both teams had 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, with Jeju winning. Jeju and Pohang’s first match of the season will be held on the 6th (Sat) at 2:00 pm at the Jeju World Cup Stadium.

□ Player of Round – Solo leader Na Sang-ho (Seoul)

Na Sang-ho scored multiple goals against Suwon FC in the previous 10th round and became the K-League 1’s sole leader (7 goals).

Na Sang-ho won the K-League 2 top scorer award (16 goals) as a member of Gwangju in 2018, and this year is a pace worth challenging for the K-League 1 top scorer award. Na Sang-ho’s greatest strength is that he can use both feet well, and his 7 goals this year were evenly scored with 4 goals with his right foot and 3 goals with his left foot.

On the other hand, scoring difficult goals well is also a big advantage of Na Sang-ho. By the 10th round, Na Sang-ho’s expected score (xG) totaled 2.06 points, ranking 14th among all K-League 1 players, and his expected score (xG) per 90 minutes was only 0.23 goals. On the other hand, Na Sang-ho’s actual score is 7 goals, which is 0.7 goals per game, which is proof that Na Sang-ho is showing a heightened decisiveness to score goals even in difficult situations.토스카지노

Thanks to Na Sang-ho’s performance, Seoul is on a winning streak, rising to second place (19 points) in the K-League 1. Seoul’s opponent for this round is Jeonbuk, and since July 2017, Seoul has recorded 17 consecutive draws (4 draws and 13 losses) against Jeonbuk, showing a particularly weak appearance against Jeonbuk. However, as Jeonbuk is currently sluggish, falling to 10th place (10 points), this time is a great opportunity for Seoul to break the winless jinx against Jeonbuk. The first showdown of the season between Seoul, with leading scorer Na Sang-ho, and Jeonbuk, desperate for a twist, will be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on Children’s Day.

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