‘Thin ice board, the top ranking changes again’ K League 2 9R preview
The 8th round of ‘Hana 1 Q K League 2 2023’ will be held all over the country. The competition for the top spot in the K-League 2 is fierce. 1st place Gyeongnam, 2nd place Gimcheon Sangmu and 3rd place Gimpo FC are all tied with 15 points. 4th place FC Anyang is chasing with 14 points and 5th place Busan with 12 points. Depending on the result of one match, the ranking of the leader may fluctuate. Let’s take a look at the K-League 2 Round 8 matches that take place over the weekend.
□ Match of Round – Season’s first winning streak ‘Chungnam Asan’ vs. 7 match undefeated ‘Gyeongnam’ Chungnam
Asan won 4-0 in the midweek round 8 match against 메이저놀이터 Chungbuk Cheongju with Jang Jun-yeong, Park Se-jik, Park Min-seo and Lee Eun-beom scoring. Chungnam-Asan, who scored only 5 goals in the previous 7 games, opened the door to the attack by scoring 4 goals on this day alone. Chungnam-Asan, who gained confidence in offense and succeeded in winning the first regular season in the regular season, invites Gyeongnam home this round.
Chungnam-Asan has never lost in the past six encounters with Gyeongnam, with 3 wins and 3 draws. However, the opposing team, Gyeongnam, is also in good spirits recently. Gyeongnam defeated Anyang 3-2 in the 8th round and recaptured the No. 1 spot given to Anyang. Including the victory on this day, Gyeongnam is on an undefeated streak with 4 wins and 3 draws in 7 games since the opening. The confrontation between Chungnam Asan, who was strong in Gyeongnam, and Gyeongnam, who forgot defeat, will be held at Yi Sun-shin Sports Complex from 1:30 pm on the 23rd (Sun).
□ Team of Round – 8 goals in the last 3 games, ‘Seongnam’ aiming for the first consecutive win of the season
Seongnam scored 7 goals in the last 3 games and went undefeated with 2 wins and 1 draw. During that period, foreign striker Chris led the attack with 3 goals and Lee Jong-ho scored 2 goals, and another foreign striker Denilson scored his K-League debut goal against Cheonan in the 7th round. Veteran Shim Dong-woon also added 2 assists and added weight to the attack. After taking a break in the 8th round, Seongnam calls Busan home in the 9th round.
Busan, which had been on an undefeated streak this season, suffered their first loss of the season when they were beaten 0-1 by Gimpo in the 8th round. The last time Seongnam met Busan was the 27th round of the K-League 1 in the 2020 season, and at that time, Seongnam won a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Busan and succeeded in remaining dramatically. The match between Seongnam, which is challenging for the first consecutive win of the season, and Seongnam and Busan, which cannot allow the first consecutive loss of the season, will be held on the 22nd (Sat) at 4:00 pm at Tancheon Sports Complex.
□ Player of Round – ‘Jang Hyuk-jin’, who is in charge of the midfield of Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, a new team.
Among the additional data items in the K-League, ‘key pass’ means a pass connected by shooting. Chungbuk Cheongju Jang Hyuk-jin has recorded 13 key passes so far, which is the most among K-League 2 players. In addition, it is ranked at the top in many areas of pass-related additional data, such as 1st place in pass success from outside the penalty box (26), 2nd place in cross success (11), and 3rd place in forward pass (143). Veteran Jang Hyuk-jin, who is in his 13th season in the K-League, is an indispensable presence in Chungbuk Cheongju, a new team.
Since winning the opening round, Chungbuk Cheongju has been sluggish with 7 draws (3 draws and 4 losses). In particular, in the last 3 games, they have been scoreless, so above all, a goal must be scored. In the 8th round against Chungnam-Asan, he recorded 18 shots, twice as many as his opponent, but failed to score. Chungbuk Cheongju faces Bucheon in the ninth round. Jang Hyuk-jin recorded 6 assists, about 12% of his personal career 49 assists, against Bucheon.