Here are the key points to watch for the 31st round of the K League 1.
□ Match of the Round – Gangwon looking to escape the relegation zone vs Incheon dreaming of Final A
With just three games left in the regular round, the 31st round sees Gangwon and Incheon with a lot on the line.
The hosts (11th place, 24 points) are coming off a 3-1 victory over Jeonbuk in their last match to avoid the bottom two. Gabriel scored his K League debut and Gallego and Kim Dae-won netted their second goals of the season, giving Gangwon their first multi-goal performance in a long time.
Gangwon has scored the lowest number of goals (23) among the 12 teams in the K League 1 this season, which is less than one goal per game. As such, they need to score more goals to rebound. The good news is that all of Gangwon’s summer signings – Gabriel, Yago, and Gallego – have settled in well and are performing accordingly.
The visitors, Incheon (7th, 43 points), have been on a roll lately. With three wins, one draw, and one loss in their last five games in the league, Incheon are in the hunt for a Final A spot, tied on points with fifth-place Seoul and just one point behind fourth-place Daegu. Incheon defeated Jeju 2-1 in Round 30 last weekend, and showed their class in a 4-2 win over Yokohama F.Marinos in a midweek ACL group game. It’s a tough schedule, with a midweek trip to Japan followed by a weekend trip to Gangwon, but on their current form, Incheon should be able to pull off a win.
The head-to-head record between the two teams is even at 15 wins, six draws, and 15 losses, but Incheon has won both meetings this season. The third meeting of the season between Gangwon and Incheon will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Gangneung Sports Complex.
Team of the Round – Gwangju, unbeaten in 10 games
It’s no exaggeration to say that Gwangju’s football, led by head coach Lee Jung-hyo, has been the hottest commodity in the K League this season. Gwangju burst onto the scene at the start of the season as a promoted team, and it hasn’t just been a flash in the pan. Gwangju is currently on a 10-match unbeaten streak (5 wins, 5 draws) with three straight wins and has climbed up to third place in the standings (48 points). They are now within striking distance of qualifying for the inaugural AFC Champions League.
Gwangju has won against every team in the K League 1 this season except Gangwon and Jeju. In the last 30 rounds, 온라인바카라 they beat Seoul for the first time in almost six years, since 2017. It was also Gwangju’s first away win against Seoul since its inception. As Gwangju continues to make history, including the club’s best-ever K League 1 finish, they will also be looking to win against their former club this season. Of the 12 teams in the K League 1 this season, no team has won against their former club.
Gwangju’s opponent in this round is Jeonbuk (6th place, 43 points). Gwangju and Jeonbuk have been evenly matched this season, with Jeonbuk winning one and losing one. The teams will meet for the third time this season on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Gwangju Football Stadium.