There are still 8-9 games left per team. The K League 2 (2nd Division) title is still up for grabs. With Busan I-Park (53 points) and Gimcheon Commerce (52 points) battling it out, it’s Busan that has the best chance of winning as the season winds down.
Busan entered the September A-Match break on a high note, as they beat FC Anyang 1-0 on the 3rd to move into first place in the K League 2. It had been 57 days since Busan had been in first place since July 8.
Busan seems to be getting stronger and stronger with each match. Under the leadership of Im “Technician” Min-hyuk, the attacking power of forwards such as Sung Ho-young, Park Dong-jin, Lamas, and Kim Jung-hwan has been revitalized. Most importantly, the loan of center back Min Sang-ki from Suwon Samsung this summer has been a ‘godsend’. Lee Han has also taken the backline to the next level with Choi Ji Mook. The numbers speak for themselves. Since Min Sang-ki was introduced on July 20 against Anyang, Busan has conceded just five goals in eight matches. There are also five clean sheets.
The variable is right wing-back Choi Joon’s absence from the Hangzhou Asian Games. Choi has been a regular starter in 27 of the team’s 28 matches with one goal and four assists. However, Choi, who is currently part of Hwang Sun-hong’s Asian Games squad, 소닉카지노 will leave for Hangzhou on the 16th. For now, backup Park Se-jin will start against Seongnam on Sept. 16.
Gimcheon is also a power leakage variable. Gimcheon, which has a day off in Round 31, will miss four games due to “signature goalie” Cho Young-wook being called up to the Asian Games squad. Gimcheon is in desperate need of a turnaround after losing 0-2 to Busan and tying 0-0 with Chungbuk Cheongju in their last two games, but the void left by Cho Young-wook, the second-leading scorer in K League 2, will be huge.
On the 17th, all eyes will be on Bucheon-Gimpo. The two teams are tied for third place with 48 points, but Bucheon is ahead in goals scored (Bucheon 37, Gimpo 33). The winner of this match will move one step closer to the K League 2 Playoffs (PO). It’s a ‘six points’ game. This season, Bucheon leads the head-to-head with a 1-1 draw.