The ‘Big 4’ of the K-League 1 that has been formed so far aim their swords at each other. Top-ranked games are also likely to fluctuate.
Ulsan Hyundai, the leader with 6 wins and 18 points, will collide with 4th place Daejeon Hana Citizen (11 points, 3 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) at Daejeon World Cup Stadium at 4:30 pm on the 16th. 2nd place Pohang Steelers (14 points, 4 wins, 2 draws) will invite 3rd place FC Seoul (12 points, 4 wins, 2 losses) to Pohang Steel Yard at 4:30 pm on the 15th. It is the biggest highlight of the 7th round of ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’.
The unstoppable run of the defending champion, Ulsan, can hardly cool down. The ‘motivation’ of the Daejeon expedition is a record. If Ulsan adds one more win, it will achieve 7 consecutive wins, the most since the opening, following Suwon Samsung in 1998 and Seongnam Ilhwa in 2003. Happiness after 20 years is a sweet temptation.
Daejeon, which is causing a sensation for the promoted team, lost momentum in the 6th round. In an away game against Suwon FC, they led 3-1, but suffered a come-from-behind defeat 3-5. It was the first loss of the season. There are also leaks. Anton, the nucleus of the defensive power, receives a red card and misses the match against Ulsan. However, it is nice to see the return of Ju Se-jong, who was out of power due to an ‘orbital fracture’. He wore a mask and participated in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on the 12th, and finished warming up by digesting 45 minutes. The topic of the match with the home advantage is ‘extraordinary change’.
The difference between Pohang and Seoul is 2 points. Pohang, along with Ulsan, has not lost a single game to ‘Yui’. I was very worried about Shin Jin-ho’s transfer, but it was unfounded. In Pohang, various players such as Lee Ho-jae (3 goals), Baek Seong-dong, Jeong Jae-hee, and Ko Young-jun (2 goals), and Jeka (1 goal) are scoring goals.
Director Kim Ki-dong’s mercenary technique, the so-called ‘mobility magic’, is amazing. Of the 10 points scored by Pohang, 5 goals, half of which were scored by substitutes in the second half, were responsible. Pohang, who is on a 2-game winning streak, will challenge for the first 3-game winning streak of the season.
Seoul, aiming to recapture second place, is ‘all or nothing’. There are no draws this season. In the last round, Daegu FC was defeated 3-0 with the support of ‘National Singer’ Lim Young-woong. It is comforting that Hwang Eui-jo reported a beastly goal from a penalty kick. In the K-League, it was the first goal in about six years since he went overseas after scoring against Gyeongnam FC on June 24, 2017, when he was a member of Seongnam FC. Expectations are also high for Na Sang-ho, who is recording three goals.
However, the FA Cup nightmare must be shaken off. Seoul fell victim to the second division rebellion on the 12th. After 120 minutes of extra time against Gimpo FC, they drew 1-1 and lost 2-4 in a penalty shoot-out. Reorganization of the atmosphere is an urgent priority. 안전놀이터
Jeonbuk Hyundai, which put out an urgent fire in the last round, will face Suwon FC at Suwon Sports Complex at 7:00 pm on the 15th. Jeonbuk escaped from a losing streak, but is still in 7th place (7 points, 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses). In order to join the fight for the lead, you must not let go of your tension even for a moment. Suwon FC, who had a remarkable victory over Daejeon, is aiming for the first consecutive win of the season. They are tightening the reins even more as they are in 6th place ahead of Jeonbuk with multiple points.
Gangwon FC (3 points, 3 draws, 3 losses) and Suwon Samsung (2 points, 2 draws, 4 losses), which are in desperate need of a first win, challenge for one win again. Suwon will call Jeju United at 2:00 pm on the 15th, and Gangwon will call Incheon United at 2:00 pm on the 16th. Daegu FC and Gwangju FC meet on the 16th at 7pm at DGB Daegu Bank Park. Both teams, who suffered a yoke of defeat in the last round, are drawing a twist.