Gwangju FC, who have been pushing for Final A since the end of the summer, will test their chances of reaching Final A once again.
Gwangju will host Incheon UTD in the 27th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at 7:30 p.m. on April 18 at the Incheon Football Stadium. Recently, Gwangju has come out of the crisis with good momentum. In the last round away to Pohang, Gwangju showed their unique brand of football until the end, despite their opponent’s strong organization and power, to earn a 1-1 draw and a valuable point.
Having already surpassed their previous record of 37 points in 2021, Gwangju are in good form with an unbeaten run of six matches (two wins and four draws) and will be looking to accelerate their push for the top spot with a win against Incheon.
Much of the credit for their recent rise goes to the mercenary skills of head coach Lee Jung-hyo. In the second half of the match, when the team was down a goal, Lee took a gamble by moving center back Timo up to midfield, and Timo repaid the coach’s faith by scoring the equalizer in the 22nd minute with a brilliant mid-range shot.
In addition to Timo, Uhm Ji Sung and Asani on the flanks provided incisive crosses and movement, while substitute Kim Han-gil added to the attack with his devastating dribbling.
In the midfield, Jung Ho-yeon and Lee Soon-min were active and provided a vital link in the defense, with the latter even recording an assist, proving once again that he is in peak form. The return of ‘Incheon Killer’ Lee Hee-gyun, who had been absent due to suspension, allowed the team to showcase a wider variety of tactics.
Incheon are seventh in the league with nine wins, nine draws, and eight losses. They have a solid squad across the defense, including Oh Ban-seok, Delbridge, Moon Ji-hwan, Lee Myeong-joo, Kim Do-hyuk, and Gerso, and added forward Mugosa to their attacking line in the summer transfer window. 메이저놀이터
However, Gwangju was too strong for Incheon. They lead the league with 7 wins, 13 draws, and 6 losses, and they’ve been strong away from home, winning 6-1 in the FA Cup last season and 5-0 at home this season. With this as a weapon, Gwangju will be looking to continue their hot streak with solid organization and a peak offensive performance.
It will be interesting to see if Gwangju, who have been making waves this season, can catch Incheon, who are also on the rise, to continue their unbeaten streak and increase their chances of advancing to Final A.