Ahead of All-Star Break, K League 1 stays the same at 1-2…’Big Bang’ battle for mid-table

First and second place remain unchanged. The battle for mid-table positions is set to be a no-holds-barred affair ahead of the K League All-Star Break.

All eyes will be on the battle between mid-table teams as they look to seize the upper hand before the ‘comma’ on 21-22 November. 카지노

This season’s K League 1 has been characterised by a mid-table battle that has never been seen before. With 10 games per team remaining in the regular season, Ulsan Hyundai (53 points) have a commanding lead, while Pohang Steelers (41 points) are close behind, but are ‘locked in’ for second place regardless of the outcome of round 24. Only seven points separate third-placed FC Seoul (37) from ninth-placed Incheon United (30). The results of Round 24 will provide an opportunity to flip the standings or shake up the mid-table.

Especially with the All-Star break immediately following Round 24, K League 1 will resume on the 4th of next month. In the meantime, most teams will be able to mix and match their summer signings, but picking up three points before then will have a huge impact on the team’s mood.

Seoul, who are desperate not to fall off the pace at the top of the table, face Incheon, who are looking to leapfrog into the mid-table. Seoul, who have been struggling up front since the departure of Hwang Ui-jo, are close to signing Norwegian striker Bjorn Johnson, who previously played for Ulsan Hyundai. The team has recently revamped its attacking framework with Kim Shin-jin up top, with international winger Na Sang-ho showing signs of life with three goals this month. They hope to take another step forward with the addition of Bjorn Johnson. However, Incheon are also unbeaten in July (3 wins, 1 draw). Hernandez and Gerso, the two foreign combinations, are shining. Add to that the return of Montenegrin goalkeeper Mugosa to Incheon after a stint in Japan, and you have an attacking force.

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Fifth-placed Daegu FC (33 points) will face seventh-placed Daejeon Hana Citizens (30 points) on 22 July at 8pm at Daejeon World Cup Stadium. Since July, Daegu has won three games and Daegu has drawn one. Daejeon are seven goals ahead of Daegu (27) on goal difference with 34, meaning a win over Daegu at home would see them tie on points and overturn the table.

Source | Korea Football Association

Sixth-placed Gwangju FC (31 points) hosts 10th-placed Suwon FC (20 points) at 7pm on the same day at Suwon Sports Complex. Both teams are winless in July. Gwangju is winless in its last three matches, including three consecutive draws. Suwon FC has one draw and three losses. Gwangju are in desperate need of a win, as a defeat would see them slip to the bottom half of the table. Suwon FC is in the midst of its biggest crisis under Kim Do-gyun. It’s not just about adding firepower with Ras and Lee Seung-woo, but also about rebuilding a defence that has conceded eight goals in its last two games.

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