Jeonbuk Hyundai looking to defend their pride and Gwangju FC looking to continue their surge.
Jeonbuk Hyundai and Gwangju FC will meet in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m. on April 25. Currently, Jeonbuk is in fifth place with 54 points (15 wins, 9 draws, and 12 losses), while Gwangju is in third place with 58 points (16 wins, 10 draws, and 10 losses).
This is a six-point match with two games left in the season. Depending on the outcome of this match, Gwangju could secure at least third place early on, or Jeonbuk could continue its late-season upset bid. A win for Jeonbuk would jump into fourth place, ahead of Incheon (56 points), who have played one more game, and keep their hopes of a top-three finish alive.레모나토토 도메인
There’s a big difference between third and fourth place. Third place qualifies for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Elite (ACLE) playoffs, while fourth qualifies for the AFC Champions League (ACL2) instead of the ACLE. Pohang, currently in second place, won the FA Cup and earned a spot in the ACLE.
A fierce last-minute battle for ACLE tickets. For now, Jeonbuk needs to win out. A tie or loss to Gwangju would end their hopes for third place. At worst, they could allow Incheon to pull off a last-minute upset and miss out on a spot in ACL2.
Jeonbuk has been strong against Gwangju this season. They’ve played them four times, including the FA Cup, winning three and losing one. Gwangju’s flurry, which has been equally impressive against stronger teams, has been relatively quiet in front of Jeonbuk.
Ahn Hyun-beom and Kim Jung-hoon returned after being sidelined with injuries. Kim Jin-soo and Park Jin-seop, who were sent to the A match in November, didn’t play a lot of minutes, so they shouldn’t have any fitness issues. However, Jeonbuk will need to bounce back from their recent slump with one draw and two losses in three matches, including the ACL and FA Cup final.
Gwangju will also need to catch Jeonbuk somehow. If they can hold off fourth-place Jeonbuk and pick up three points, they’ll secure at least a third-place finish, the best in the club’s history. A longtime dream of reaching the ACLE for the first time in franchise history would also come with it.
The mood hasn’t been great lately. Gwangju lost 0-2 at home to Incheon in Round 35 and drew 1-1 away to Daegu in Round 36. If they slip further, they could lose out on their coveted ACLE ticket right before their eyes.
The ‘Lee Jung-hyo Magic’ is needed now more than ever. Gwangju’s solid defense and organized offense, which took down even the champions Ulsan, will have to come into play. With Lee Soon-min, Heo Yul, Uhm Ji-sung, and Asani returning from the national team without any major injuries, there shouldn’t be any major power leaks.