When 3rd-ranked Gwangju, a team on a roll, meets first-place Ulsan…”We’re going to win”
While Jeonbuk Hyundai and FC Seoul faltered, Gwangju FC took third place. Ulsan Hyundai (61 points), Pohang Steelers (50 points), and then Gwangju.
With 42 points, Gwangju leads Jeonbuk 소닉카지노 by multiple points. The difference with Seoul (40 points) is 2 points. Before the lid opened this season, there was virtually no prospect that Gwangju, the ‘promoted team’, would rise to the top. However, director Lee Jeong-hyo rejected such expectations. The statement that “remaining is not the goal” was not a lie.
Gwangju soccer is unstoppable. Whoever the opponent is, attack again and attack forward. The absence of an outstanding star is a bigger weapon. There are as many as 11 players who have scored multiple goals, including Asani who scored 7 goals. Praise is pouring in for Gwangju’s ‘taste to watch’ soccer.
Gwangju, who forgets fear, faces a decent opponent this weekend. ‘Absolute No. 1’ Ulsan. Gwangju will play the 29th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ with Ulsan at 4:30 pm on September 3 at the Ulsan World Cup Stadium. Comparatively, there is no comparison. Ulsan has won both meetings with Gwangju this season.
However, in terms of recent trends, Gwangju has the upper hand. Ulsan, who gained momentum early with 6 consecutive wins on two occasions and 5 consecutive wins on one occasion, took a somewhat heavy step. Gwangju lost the match 0-1 to Ulsan on July 2nd and forgot the defeat. They are running undefeated in 8 matches (3 wins, 5 draws). On the other hand, Ulsan is recording 3 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses during that period. Looking at the last 5 matches, Gwangju has 3 wins, 2 draws, and Ulsan has 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
For Gwangju, it is a great opportunity to capture Ulsan. On July 2nd, the clock could be turned back from a 0-1 defeat. Of course there are variables. Gwangju has a power leak. Asani and Heo Yul will miss the Ulsan game due to accumulated warnings. But this director is confident. He emphasized, “We will prepare equally well as we used to. We are going to win.”
Ulsan is worried about Lee Chung-yong. Lee Cheong-yong was substituted in the 13th minute of the first half in an away game against Seoul on the 27th, and was replaced due to an injury in the 13th minute of the second half. It is unclear whether he will participate in the Gwangju match. Eom Won-sang and Seol Young-woo are also said to be in poor condition.
Ulsan scored a 2-2 draw with a ‘theater’ equalizer just before the end of the match against Seoul. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo expressed deep regret. However, he was relieved at the revival of Joo Min-gyu. Coach Hong expected, “Ju Min-gyu scored after a long time. Scoring two points will be a great help in the future.”
There are now five rounds left until the split fork. Gwangju can enter Final A if it continues its current upward trend. At that stage, you can even aim for a ticket to participate in the Asian Champions League (ACL).
Ulsan, which is aiming for its first K-League second consecutive victory since its founding, is also looking at an ‘early win’. In order to do that, you need to get 3 victory points unconditionally in the home room. A ‘special meeting’ between 3rd place Gwangju and 1st place Ulsan awaits.