‘Airborne solid’ Seoul vs ‘Director replacement’ Suwon… The 100th Super Match of the K League is held

The Super Match is held in a contradictory atmosphere.

FC Seoul is on the rise in the early stages and plays home games in the best atmosphere. On the other hand, Suwon Samsung, whose manager has changed, is aiming for a great turnaround by going to Seoul.

The two teams will play 스포츠토토 the 8th round of the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 and the first super match of the season at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on the 22nd.

Seoul is in 4th place with 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, 13 points. Suwon was driven to the bottom with 2 draws and 5 losses without a win and 2 points. 

This match is also attracting attention as the 100th super match in the K-League career of the two teams. The luxury derby, which represents Korean professional soccer, is about to complete its 100th game before anyone knows it. The two teams fought fiercely until the 99th Super Match, with Seoul narrowly leading with 39 wins, 25 draws and 35 losses.

This year, Seoul lost to Ulsan and Daejeon, but gained 3 points each from teams with formidable power such as Incheon and Gwangju, and won against Jeju and Daegu. 

In the previous 7th round, the difficult Pohang expedition was also continued by winning a precious point.

Captain Na Sang-ho is leading the team by scoring goals in three consecutive games, and national team player Hwang Eui-jo also scored a goal against Daegu to report a K-League comeback goal. 

Above all, the balance between offense and defense is stable, and the league is running stably. Team scoring (13 goals) is 3rd overall, team conceding (8 goals) is tied for 3rd in the league for the least goals (Jeonbuk Hyundai). The goal difference (+5) is tied for second place with Pohang. 

Unlike the previous season, coach Ahn Ik-soo increased efficiency instead of giving up possession through fast air-to-defense and pressure. The efficiency of Seoul is expressed as xG value.

In the expected score by club provided by the K-League data portal, Seoul ranked 11th with 6.63, higher than Gangwon (5.19), the lowest.

However, the actual score (excluding PK and own goal) is 11 goals, and the ratio of actual goals to expected goals is 1.66, which is second overall in the league. It can be interpreted as meaning that if Seoul goes up to the enemy camp once, it has a higher chance of scoring than any other team. 

Suwon is the exact opposite.

Suwon, who played 7 matches this season under coach Lee Byeong-geun, who resigned a while ago, had an expected score of 9.42, but actually scored 7 goals, making the ratio of actual goals to expected goals 0.74. This is tied for 10th place with Jeonbuk, following Gangwon (0.19) and Incheon (0.61). 

That’s how Suwon’s decision power was devastating. The team scored 7 points, but the offense and defense balance collapsed with 13 points, the most in the league. 

I heard that the performance was good from the league’s leading Ulsan players, but I had to be criticized for being a team without results. As a result, former coach Lee took responsibility and was sacked after losing 2-3 against Jeju in the 7th round. 

In the super match held under the acting coach Seong-yong Choi, a rebound is desperately needed, but it is unknown how the team recovered the balance of offense and defense that collapsed in a short time.

Last season’s Super Match record was 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, and Seoul had the upper hand. However, Suwon showed off their potential in the second half by winning 3-1 with a multi-goal by Oh Hyun-kyu, who has now moved to Celtic, in the 29th round of the Seoul expedition last season.

The home team, Seoul, misses this game due to Kwon Wan-kyu’s cumulative redundancy in the last round, but U-22 resource Lee Han-beom returns from injury and prepares for a comeback match. It is unclear whether Ki Sung-yong and Willian will play. 

It is also unknown whether Koh Seung-beom and Akosti, who have suffered from previous injuries, will participate in Suwon.

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