There is only one game left until the turning point. The fate of only three teams, FC Seoul, Incheon United, and Jeonbuk Hyundai, has not been decided. The regular round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ ends on the 8th.
K-League 1 will be divided into Final A and Final B after 33 rounds, with 5 more rounds to be played. Final A consists of 1st to 6th places. It is a stage of joy. They are competing for the championship and a ticket to the Asian Champions League (ACL). On the other hand, in Final B, 7th to 12th places are placed. It’s just a desperate battle for survival. The lowest ranked team is directly relegated to the second division, and the 10th and 11th ranked teams play promotion playoffs with teams from the second division.
Ulsan Hyundai (66 points), Pohang Steelers (58 points), Gwangju FC (51 points), and Daegu FC (48 points) are in Final A, Daejeon Hana Citizens (42 points), Jeju United (35 points), and Suwon FC (points). 30), Gangwon FC (26 points), and Suwon Samsung (22 points) were confirmed for Final B.
5th to 7th place Seoul (55 points), Incheon (47 points, 38 points, goal difference +1), and Jeonbuk (46 points, 37 points, goal difference +6) are waiting for their final fate. Only one team falls to Final B. The six games of round 33 will kick off simultaneously at 3 p.m. on this day.
Fate is ironic. Seoul and Jeonbuk clash head-on at Seoul World Cup Stadium. Seoul is confirmed to advance to Final A with just a draw. The flow isn’t bad. Since acting manager Kim Jin-gyu took over, the team has recorded 2 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss. However, the 1-1 draw with Suwon FC in the 32nd round was painful.
Jeonbuk is the only team in K League 1 that has never experienced Final B. But it’s thin ice. ‘Number of cases’ is simple yet complex. If Jeonbuk defeats Seoul, they can advance to Final A on their own. If you lose, there is no hope. It’s final B. If there is a draw, we will have to wait and see the results in Incheon.
There is a hill to lean on. Jeonbuk is undefeated in 19 consecutive games against Seoul (14 wins, 5 draws). This season, they recorded 1 win and 1 draw in two matches. However, the recent trend is the worst. Jeonbuk has only 1 win, 2 draws, and 2 losses in 5 K League 1 games. Also, ahead of the Seoul match, the team traveled to Thailand for the ACL group stage in the middle of the week.
The result was tears. They failed to turn things around, losing 2-3 to Bangkok United. The subdued atmosphere, physical pressure, and the selection of Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-gyu, Park Jin-seop, Kim Jeong-hoon, and Park Jae-yong to the Hangzhou Asian Games national team are Jeonbuk’s Achilles heels.
Incheon meets a difficult enemy. They face leader Ulsan away. However, the momentum is not bad. Incheon was classified as one of the ‘Big 4’ before the start of this season. However, I walked through a long tunnel of darkness due to abnormally low temperatures. Recently, I found its grandeur. Incheon has 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss in the last 5 games in K League 1. In the ACL, Mugosa, Hernández, Gerso, and Mpoku exploded, recording two consecutive wins. Ulsan is not as strong as before, so it is worth a try. Ulsan lost 0-1 to Kawasaki Frontale in the midweek ACL away game to Japan. In the last 5 games of K League 1, there were only 1 win, 3 draws, and 1 loss.토토사이트
Incheon, which recorded 1 win and 1 loss in two meetings with Ulsan this season, confirmed its advancement to Final A with just a draw. If we bow to Ulsan, we will have to see the results of the Seoul-Jeonbuk match. If Seoul defeats Jeonbuk, Incheon will advance to the Final A stage with Seoul. Conversely, if Jeonbuk wins against Seoul, Incheon’s trip to Final A will be canceled. The goal difference with Seoul is very large. If Seoul and Jeonbuk draw without scoring, Incheon will barely get a ticket to Final A before scoring multiple goals against Jeonbuk, but if Jeonbuk scores and draws, multiple goals and goal difference may have to be calculated as well. The die of fate has been cast.