Two teams in difficult times meet.
Suwon Samsung and Jeonbuk 메이저놀이터 Hyundai will face off in the 12th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 7:30 pm on the 10th. Currently, Suwon is 12th with 5 points and Jeonbuk is 10th with 11 points.
Both teams cannot be said to be in a good mood. First of all, Suwon failed to win in 10 games since the opening, but in the previous game, away from Incheon United, Lee Ki-je scored the winning goal from a free kick to get 3 points for the first time in 11 games this season. The first scoreless game of the season is a bonus. It was only 4 games since coach Lee Byeong-geun was sacked during the season and Choi Sung-yong took over as acting coach.
Coach Seong-yong Choi, who gave Suwon its first win of the season, also left the team. On the 4th, Suwon officially announced that it had appointed coach Kim Byung-soo as the 8th head coach. Director Kim Byung-soo, who started working on the 7th, meets Jeonbuk in 3 days. At the inauguration press conference held on the 8th, coach Kim Byung-soo said, “We are still preparing for the game. It is difficult to do something in the current situation. there is,” he said.
It is too early to say that Jeonbuk Jeon is a test bed for coach Kim Byung-soo. However, it is important for Suwon to continue the victorious atmosphere at home against Incheon. Besides, Suwon only managed to get one point at home this season. Even in the worst slump in the club’s history, a victory is necessary even for the fans who support them. The best is victory, the second best is a draw.
The atmosphere in Jeonbuk is also not good. Jeonbuk, which suffered 7 losses throughout last season, has already recorded 6 losses. Jeonbuk fell into a deep slump that puts the value of the name colorless. In the end, Jeonbuk became the second team after Suwon to part ways with their manager during the season. Coach Kim Sang-sik voluntarily resigned on the 4th, taking responsibility for the poor performance, and a day later, Jeonbuk drew 1-1 in the FC Seoul expedition, which was the first game played under the acting coach Kim Doo-hyun.
1 draw and 2 losses in the last 3 matches. Jeonbuk also needs a win. The match against Suwon is an opportunity for Jeonbuk to get out of a three-match draw. Unlike the Seoul game, coach Kim Doo-hyun had some time to prepare for this match, so attention is focused on what strategy he will prepare.
The variable for both teams is the injured. Suwon and Jeonbuk are among the K-League 1 teams with a significant number of injured players. In Suwon, many key players such as Min Sang-ki, Choi Seong-geun, Kim Kyung-joong, Ko Seung-beom, Bultuis, Lee Jong-seong, and Akosti have left due to injuries. Jeonbuk also suffered injuries to Kim Jin-soo, Cho Kyu-seong, Ryu Jae-moon, and Song Min-gyu, and Kim Moon-hwan could not play in this match due to the punishment he received against Gangwon FC. The news that Lee Dong-jun can return is positive.