Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Gangwon FC, someone could be directly relegated

Direct relegation must be avoided at all costs.

Suwon Samsung and Gangwon FC will meet in the 38th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2. Currently, Suwon Samsung (32 points, 8 wins, 8 draws, 21 losses, 35 goals, 57 points, -22) is in 12th place and Gangwon (33 points, 6 wins, 15 draws, 16 losses, 30 goals, 41 points, -11) is in 11th place.

The nightmare of direct relegation looms over Gangwon, Suwon FC, and Suwon Samsung. Depending on the outcome of the final match, the last place finishers will be relegated to the K League 2. Some are facing a reality they never wanted to imagine.

The K League standings are determined in the order of ‘points won, goals scored, goal difference, multiple wins, winner-take-all, penalty points, and lottery’. Gangwon is in the most favorable position. They can avoid direct relegation with a draw, and even if they lose, they can escape if Suwon FC loses. Conversely, Suwon Samsung cannot avoid direct relegation on their own without a win. If they draw, they’ll have to hope Suwon FC loses, and if they lose, even if Suwon FC loses, they’ll likely be relegated directly due to their superior goal difference.

The Final B final has always been a nail-biter. In 2022, there were a total of 14 goals scored in three games (Suwon FC 0 vs 2 FC Seoul, Gimcheon Commerce 1 vs 3 Suwon Samsung, Seongnam FC 4 vs 4 Daegu FC). In 2021, eight goals were scored in three matches (Pohang Steelers 1 vs 2 FC Seoul, Gangwon FC 2 vs 1 Seongnam FC, Gwangju FC 1 vs 1 Incheon United). The same trend is expected this time around.

Both Suwon and Gangwon need a breakthrough in their goal droughts. Suwon will look to Ahn Byung-joon, Kim Joo-chan (5+ goals), Mullich, Acosti (4+ goals), Bassani, and Han Ho-gang (3+ goals). Gangwon will be led by Kim Dae-won (4 goals), Gabriel (3 goals), Lee Jung-hyeop, Kim Jin-ho, and Gallego (2 goals). It’s also worth noting that both teams have picked up their scoring pace a bit recently.

The home team, Suwon Samsung, has a tough backline. They battled Suwon FC in the Suwon Derby (3-2 win) after Kazuki was sent off. They also won the Super Match (1-0) against FC Seoul in front of an overflow crowd. Acting coach Yeom Ki-hoon, who took the reins on a cliffhanger, prepares to work a miracle.

The same can’t be said for their opponents, Gangwon Province. They’ve beaten Jeju United (1-1 draw) and Daejeon Hana Citizen (1-0 win), both of whom are guaranteed to stay up. In their last game, they defeated Suwon FC (2-0). They will be hoping to avoid repeating the heartbreak of three seasons in the second division from 2014 to 2017. 무지개토토 주소

Both teams have variables. First, Suwon will be without center backs Lee Jong-sung and Kazuki due to accumulated cautions and sending-offs, respectively. Gangwon will be without Yoon Jeong-hwan on the bench for accumulated cautions.

Depending on today’s results, someone could be sent down to K League 2. Both Suwon Samsung and Gangwon FC will have to give it everything they’ve got to avoid direct relegation at all costs.

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