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It’s a series of martial arts. The two teams, who have only one win in six matches, dream of escaping from the lower ranks ahead of the 7th round. Choi Yong-soo’s Gangwon and Cho Seong-hwan’s Incheon, who were praised for reaching Final A last season, are the main characters.
Gangwon FC and Incheon United will play the 7th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ at 2:00 pm on the 16th at Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon. Currently, Gangwon is 11th with 3 points and Incheon is 9th with 5 points, and both teams are having a hard time at the bottom of the table.
# Gloomy atmosphere, urgent relegation escape
This season has not been good for both teams. The current ranking tells the atmosphere of the two. Gangwon has yet to secure its first win. They suffered two consecutive losses to promoted team Daejeon and defending champion Ulsan, and then met Daegu-Pohang-Suwon and recorded a draw in three games in a row. In the last round, it was Jeju’s first win sacrificed in a similar situation with 5 games without a win, and it did not taste its first victory until the 6th round. Combined with the 2022 season, Gangwon has no wins in 11 consecutive games in the regular league. Gangwon’s mind is bound to become impatient at a different start from last season, when they entered Final A and ended in 6th place. If you draw or lose against Incheon, you can head for the worst atmosphere.
Incheon is also showing a different slump than expected. They started off shaky as they lost 1-2 to FC Seoul in the opening game Gyeongin Derby, but improved the atmosphere a bit by winning 1 win and 1 draw against Daejeon-Jeju. However, they suffered a crushing defeat to the promoted team Gwangju with a score of 0-5, followed by Daegu and Jeonbuk, with 1 draw and 1 loss, respectively, and only 1 win until the 6th round. Incheon succeeded in advancing to the Final A for the first time in 9 years last year and finally finished 4th, winning the club’s first Asian Champions League berth. Although this year’s goal was set as a championship trophy, it drew attention, but it is difficult to jump to the top. If you give Gangwon one win, you can fall straight to the relegation zone.
# Last in scoring vs. first place in conceding
Currently, both teams are holding one dishonorable ranking. They rank first in the lowest scoring and highest scoring, respectively. Gangwon is on a good side as they tied for 6th place in the league with 7 runs in 6 matches, but their score is at the bottom with 3 goals. Even that, 1 goal was an own goal, 1 goal was a PK, and only 1 field goal was scored. Incheon is in ninth place with 5 points, which is higher than Gangwon, but it has received a laughable result of 12 points conceded and 1st place in the league.
Gangwon needs more goals.먹튀검증 It is regrettable that the aces of the team, Yang Hyeon-jun and Kim Dae-won, have yet to score goals. Yang Hyeon-joon received the K-League Young Player Award last year with 8 goals and 4 assists and was highly anticipated, but suffered a fractured nose in the 3rd round against Daegu. In the 5th round against Jeju, he wore a mask and went to the game, but depending on how well he recovers, he needs to watch more.
Incheon also needs to reduce the large goal difference of -7 points by strengthening the attack. We need to reduce the mistakes of the defense who gave up 12 points, but we need to pay more attention to scoring. Hernandez, Mpoku, and Gerso, who are the core of the attack, should score more. In order for the attacking team to survive, the midfield needs to support them, but Incheon is not producing a clear effect even with the K-League top-class midfield line Lee Myeong-joo-Shin Jin-ho. Shin Jin-ho has yet to produce offensive points, and Lee Myung-joo has been excluded from the list since the 5th round due to a calf injury. From Incheon’s point of view, it is necessary to prepare a plan B to strengthen the attack, and it is the time when director Cho Seong-hwan’s resourcefulness is needed.