After 57 days at the top, can Busan consolidate its lead… Bucheon vs Gimpo also on the agenda
In a chaotic ranking battle, Busan i-Park is in first place. Can they consolidate their top spot in this round?
Match of the Round – 5-match unbeaten ‘Bucheon’ vs 3-game winning streak challenger ‘Gimpo’
Bucheon defeated Chungnam Asan 1-0 in Round 30, led by Ahn Jae-jun, who scored his eighth goal of the season. They are unbeaten in five matches (four wins and one draw), starting with the 26th round match against Gyeongnam. During the unbeaten streak, striker Lee Yi-hyung scored a goal in three consecutive games, while Ahn Jae-joon, the team’s “main gun,” also contributed with two goals and one assist.
Gimpo is also in good spirits. Gimpo has won two in a row, beating Seongnam and Seoul Eland. After averaging just one goal per game in their previous 25 matches, the offense has come alive in their last three games, averaging 2.6 goals per game. Foreign striker Lewis scored a hat-trick against Seongnam in Round 29, while Ju Ning-yo scored a multi-goal performance against Seoul Eland in Round 30.
The teams’ all-time head-to-head record is even at two wins, two draws, and two losses. In the two meetings this season, Bucheon leads with one win and one draw, and they were the team that ended Gimpo’s “12-match unbeaten streak” at the start of the season. Bucheon and Gimpo, who have been in good form of late, will meet on Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Bucheon Sports Complex.
Team of the Round – Busan, the first team to reach the top spot in 57 days
Busan defeated Gimcheon 2-0 in round 29 to narrow the gap to one point. In the 30th round, they beat Anyang 1-0 and took advantage of Gimcheon’s draw to claim the top spot. It was exactly 57 days since the last time they took the top spot on July 8.
Busan has now played 28 games and is in first place, a far cry from the last place they were at this time last year. The most notable difference is in goals conceded. Whereas last season they conceded 40 goals in 28 games, this season they have conceded just 16 goals in 28 games, more than half the time. Busan boasts a solid back three of Kim Sang-jun, Lee Hando, and Cho Woo-je. They recently added veteran Min Sang-ki to the mix.
Busan will look to make it four straight wins this round when they welcome Seongnam home. The teams have split their two meetings this season with one win and one loss. We’ll find out if Busan can defend its top spot on Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Busan Asiad Stadium.
Player of the Round – Won Ki-jong (Gyeongnam) tries to score in double figures for the first time in his career
Won Ki-jong broke into the K League in 2018 when he joined Seoul Eland. Since then, he has been playing for Gyeongnam since 2022 through Daejeon, and he is already having a “career-high” season with nine goals this season. He only needs one more goal this season to reach double digits for his career. Gyeongnam has won all but one of the seven games Won has scored in.
One of Won’s biggest strengths is his versatility with both feet. Won has 24 career goals in the K League. Excluding the three double-header goals, he has scored 11 of his goals with his left foot and 10 with his right.바카라
Gyeongnam’s Round 31 opponent is Jeonnam. Gyeongnam won their first match of the season against Jeonnam 5-0, with Won Ki-jong scoring a multi-goal performance. The match between Gyeongnam and Jeonnam will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at the Changwon Football Center.