Let’s look at the points of watching the 25th round of the K-League 1. □ Match of Round – In round 25 of the
‘Suwon Derby’ between Suwon Samsung and Suwon FC, a ‘Suwon Derby’ will be held between Suwon Samsung and Suwon FC who share the same area. The home team, Suwon Samsung, managed to escape from the bottom by winning their first consecutive win of the season right before the break. Suwon accumulated 2 wins and 3 draws in the month of July, including consecutive victories, and accumulated points one by one. During the same period, Mulich scored 3 goals and revived his dull scorer, and Kim Joo-chan quickly emerged as Suwon’s new hope by scoring goals in the last 2 consecutive games. Kim Joo-chan, born in 2004, became a U-22 resource this year, his debut season, mainly as an early substitute, but recently he has gradually increased his playing time and is reborn as a key player. Meanwhile, if Suwon Samsung wins this game, it is a great opportunity to widen the gap with the relegation zone as the ranking will be reversed with Suwon FC in 10th place. Therefore, Suwon Samsung is determined to win 3 points in this match.
The atmosphere of the visiting team, Suwon FC, is quite different. Suwon FC has no wins in 8 matches (2 draws, 6 losses), including the recent 3 losses. The last victory of Suwon FC was the 16th round match against Suwon Samsung held in June. At that time, Suwon FC won 2-1 with the goals of Yoon Bit-garam and Oh In-pyo. Suwon FC won both confrontations with Suwon Samsung this season, but they are trying to end their losing streak by catching Suwon Samsung in this match as well. In addition, Suwon FC added weight to the squad by recruiting new foreigners such as Bautersson Silva and Hugo Gomes along with Lopez, a striker with strong bones in the K-League, in the summer transfer market. Here, four players from the club’s youth, including Lee Young-jae, who was discharged from the military, are registered as semi-professional players, aiming for a turnaround in the second half.
The third match of the season between Suwon Samsung and Suwon FC will be held on the 5th (Sat) at 7pm at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
□ Team of Round – 3 consecutive victories Incheon, will the flow continue?
Incheon went undefeated in the month of July, recording 4 wins and 1 draw. In particular, right before the break, the atmosphere rose as they won one after another against top teams such as Ulsan, Daejeon, and Seoul. Incheon, which stayed in the bottom half of the first half, rose to 8th place (33 points), with the same score as 6th place Daejeon and only 1 point difference from 5th place Gwangju. Therefore, if Incheon wins this round, it will raise the ranking up to 5th place with 4 consecutive wins.
In recent matches, Incheon’s Kim Do-hyeok-Mun Ji-hwan and Kim Do-hyuk-Lee Myung-joo combinations played a role as a stable link in the midfield, and thanks to that, the attackers such as Gerso, Hernandez, and Kim Bo-seop were revived.
If Mugosa, who returned to Incheon through the summer transfer market, joins here, Incheon’s attack can become sharper. Mugosa played a practice game against Hong Kong Lehman FC held during the week and showed stable performance such as flashing passes and shooting.
Driven by this momentum, Incheon will challenge Jeonbuk (37 points) in 4th place in this round and enter the top ranks. The third matchup of the season between Incheon and Jeonbuk will be held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 6th (Sun) at 7pm.안전놀이터
□ Player of the Round – The man who scored the winning goal against AT Madrid, Lee Soon-min (Gwangju)
Gwangju Lee Sun-min won the best 11 in the midfielder category as a key player in Gwangju’s K-League 2 victory last year. At the time, Lee Soon-min transformed into a rapper at the awards ceremony and performed a congratulatory performance of high-level skills, drawing attention.
Lee Soon-min’s performance continues on the K-League 1 stage, and he is a built-in starter in all but one game in Gwangju this season. Central midfielder Lee Sun-min’s strengths include outstanding activity and positioning, and shines in Gwangju’s tactics of aggressive and active soccer.
Thanks to this, Lee Soon-min was also selected for the ‘Team K-League’ to face off against AT Madrid in the first leg of the Coupang Play Series last month. At the time of convocation, Lee Soon-min was relatively less known than other players with flashy faces, but he scored a dramatic winning goal in the match against AT Madrid and became the protagonist of the reversal that attracted the most attention after the match. Lee Soon-min, who finished his match against AT Madrid in a good mood, should now return to his team, Gwangju, and concentrate on fighting for the rankings of Gwangju.
Gwangju meets Daejeon this round. Both teams, who have been promoted side-by-side this season, have achieved a draw in their previous two head-to-head encounters. The third match of the season between the two teams will be held on the 4th (Fri) at 7:30 pm at the Gwangju Soccer Stadium.