‘Gangwon vs Suwon FC’ K League 1, Round 17: Key points to watch

Match of the Round: Gangwon vs Suwon FC: ‘Two teams looking to make a run at the top’

In Round 17, Gangwon (4th place, 28 points) and Suwon FC (5th place, 27 points) go head-to-head.

The hosts are coming off a 2-1 win over Jeju in Round 16, which was their fourth straight victory. Gangwon’s four-game winning streak has been fueled by Yago. After scoring the game-winner against Jeonbuk in Round 15, Yago scored again in Round 16, marking his second consecutive game with a goal. Yago is physically adept, ranking fourth in aerial ball wins (59) among all K-League players, and he often looks sharp by utilizing his teammates, either finishing the ball himself or setting up Yang Min-hyuk and Lee Sang-heon. It will be interesting to see if Yago’s prolific goal-scoring prowess can lead Gangwon to victory in this round with a goal in three consecutive matches.

Along with Yago, another player who has been performing well recently is Kim Kang-guk. He joined Gangwon this year after spending the last four years playing for Chungnam Asan in the K League 2. Kim’s versatility in covering the second line, the flanks, and the defense is his strength, and he perfectly filled the void left by Kim Yi-seok, who was sidelined with an injury in the last round, leading the team to back-to-back wins. Meanwhile, Gangwon’s longest winning streak in the K League 1 is five games, which was set in the 2017 season. With a win in this round, Gangwon will attempt to tie the K League 1 record for the longest winning streak in seven years.

The visitors, Suwon FC, are coming off a 3-1 win over Incheon in the Round of 16. Suwon FC have won four of their last five matches and have exploded for nine goals in their four wins.

Coach Kim Eun-Joong employs a “zero-top tactic” that maximizes the strengths of his attacking lineup by giving them autonomy, with attacking midfielders Lee Seung-Woo and Andersson dropping into the middle of the park, while flankers Kang Sang-Yoon and Jeong Seung-Won are also active in the middle of the park and threaten opponents. The “zero-top tactic” has allowed Suwon FC to create space efficiently, and as a result, a variety of players have found 토토 the back of the net recently, including Lee Seung-Woo, Jeong Seung-Won, Jang Young-Woo, and Kang Sang-Yoon.

Suwon FC has also been solid in defense this season. They have only conceded four goals in their last five matches, two of which were clean sheets, so the key to this match will be how they can contain Gangwon’s offense, which is second in K League 1 in goals scored (29). If Suwon FC wins this round, it will be their second three-game winning streak of the season.

Meanwhile, the first meeting between the two teams this season resulted in a 2-1 victory for Gangwon. The second meeting of the season between Gangwon and Suwon FC will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. at Chuncheon Songam Sports Town.

Team of the Round: Ulsan looks to consolidate its lead at the top of the table

Ulsan moved to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Jeonbuk in Round 16 and have been on a roll, going unbeaten in their last three matches (W2 D1 L). With only three points separating first-place Ulsan (31) from fourth-place Gangwon (28), Ulsan will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the K League 1 standings with back-to-back wins in this round.

Ulsan has been dominating key offensive statistical categories, ranking first in team shots on goal (97), successful passes (8,511), and key passes (128). While Ulsan 바카라사이트 has been getting solid performances from Ataru, Rubixson, and Injongyu lately, it’s been flanker Uhm Won-sang who has stood out the most. Uhm has four goals and one assist in 13 appearances this season, and has the most shots on target (14) on the team. Uhm Won-sang was in good form last round, assisting Ataru’s winning goal against Jeonbuk, and will look to continue his streak of attacking points in this round.

Ulsan, meanwhile, will face Seoul in this round. Ulsan has won seven of its last 10 matches against Seoul, including a 1-0 victory in the first meeting this season. We’ll find out if Ulsan can extend their unbeaten streak against Seoul on Sunday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan.

Player of the Round: Jeon Byung-kwan, the new Jeonbuk fixer

Jeonbuk boasted a solid offensive and defensive balance last season, scoring 45 goals and conceding 35 overall, but this season has been a bit disappointing with 19 goals and 25 conceded. Jeonbuk (10th place, 14 points) is currently averaging 1.2 goals per game, which is the ninth-highest scoring offense among the 12 teams in the K-League, and will need to improve if they want to climb out of the bottom half of the table. The key to Jeonbuk’s offense is forward Jeon Byung-kwan, who joined the club this season.

Jeon Byung-kwan made his debut for Daejeon in 2021 and has already surpassed his tally from the previous three years with four goals and one assist for Jeonbuk this season.

With his speed, agility, and precise dribbling, Jeon has already moved beyond the U22 ranks to become a solid starter for Jeonbuk. He leads Jeonbuk in goals (4) and offensive points (5) on the team, but he also contributes on defense, ranking 10th in tackles in the central area (22) among all K League 1 players. If Jeon Byung-gwan continues to perform well on both offense and defense in this round, Jeonbuk could snap their losing streak and leapfrog into the mid-table.

Meanwhile, Jeonbuk will face Incheon in this round, with Incheon winning the first leg 3-0. We’ll find out if Jeonbuk can avenge their last defeat with a strong performance from Jeon Byung-kwan on Sunday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

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