Passing the torch…Gangwon and Suwon face cliffhanger clash ahead of break

Professional football’s K League One relegation zone, Gangwon FC and Suwon Samsung are set for a cliffhanger clash as they battle to avoid the bottom spot.

Gangwon and Suwon will meet in the 24th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at Gangneung Sports Complex at 7.30pm on the 22nd.바카라

Gangwon is in 11th place with just two wins (D10, L11, P16) after 23 matches, the fewest wins among the 12 teams. Suwon is 12th from bottom with three wins, six draws and 14 losses (15 points).

The two teams are separated by just one point, so the outcome of this match could change the standings.

The moods of the two teams are opposite. Gangwon is winless in 13 matches with six draws and seven defeats since their last away match against Jeonbuk Hyundai on 29 April (1-0 win).

Gangwon, who finished in Split A last season, has been struggling with a dull spear since the start of this season and has been bouncing around the bottom half of the table. As a result, Kangwon sacked Choi Yong-soo and appointed Yoon Jung-hwan during the A-Match in June.

However, the coaching change has yet to pay off. After drawing 1-1 on his debut against Suwon FC, Yoon hasn’t won in his last four matches, drawing three and losing one. If the winless run continues, it’s hard to see Gangwon rebounding at the end of the season.

For Gangwon to get back on track, they need to improve their offence. With 14 goals so far, Kangwon is struggling to find the back of the net, scoring less than one goal per game. In response, the club has brought in foreign players such as Wellington and Gabriel to bolster its frontline.

Suwon may be last, but they’ve been in good spirits lately. Suwon turned the tide with a 3-1 win over leaders Ulsan Hyundai on the 15th of November, picking up their third point in 10 games.

Coach Kim Byung-soo, who took over mid-season, has been encouraging his team, giving them confidence even as they went nine games without a win. He also brought in new players for each position, looking for a second-half rebound.

Kim’s choices are paying off. Both Kazuki in midfield and Kim Joo-won in defence have quickly integrated into the team and injected new energy.

Kazuki has gained the trust of his teammates with his characteristically calm game management and intermittent flashes of creativity. Kim has already taken on a leadership role in the squad, wearing the captain’s armband against Ulsan.

After Gangwon’s clash with Suwon, there will be a two-week break in K League 1. The team will have two weeks to get back into the right frame of mind, but first they need to get out of last place.

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