The first ‘Super Match’ of this season is approaching one day ahead. Attention is focusing on whether Suwon Samsung, which is currently at the bottom of the league, will be able to prepare a chance for a rebound in the face-to-face confrontation with FC Seoul.
Suwon and Seoul will play the 8th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on the 22nd. It is the 100th Super Match in total.
Suwon and Seoul are considered ‘traditional rivals’ in name and reality, but the atmosphere of the two teams this season is quite different. First of all, the situation in Suwon makes no sense. For the first time since its founding, Suwon has been without a win (2 draws, 5 losses) in its opening 7 games in a row. Suwon started off shaky with a 0-1 loss to the ‘promoted team’ Gwangju FC from the opening game, then Jeonbuk Hyundai in the 2nd round (1-1 draw), Suwon FC in the 3rd round (1-2 loss), and Daejeon Hana Citizen in the 4th round (1-1 draw). -3 loss), Gangwon FC (1-1 draw) in the 5th round, Ulsan Hyundai (1-2 loss) in the 6th round, and Jeju United (2-3 loss) in the 7th round. The club’s ranking plummeted to the lowest record in history (10th).안전놀이터
Eventually, on the 17th, Suwon sacked Suwon manager Lee Byeong-geun and started to ‘improvement of constitution’. Suwon, which has been replaced by head coach Choi Seong-yong’s acting manager system, started training in preparation for the weekend super match from the 18th.
For Suwon, this super match is a brinkmanship. If they fail to win again this time, the atmosphere in Suwon will inevitably fall into an endless abyss. In 2017, Suwon wants to recreate the reversal drama of ‘Seo Jeong-won’s system’. At that time, Suwon endured a slump in the opening six games in a row (5 draws and 1 loss) and finished the season in 3rd place. It is also comforting that Choi Seong-yong, who currently holds the baton, was a member of the coaching staff of ‘Seo Jeong-won-ho’.
However, Seoul’s momentum is not easy. With ‘national striker’ Hwang Eui-jo and Na Sang-ho at the forefront, Seoul is in 4th place with 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in 7 matches this season. With 13 goals in 7 matches, the offense is so high that it is close to an average of 2 goals per game. It is a bad news for Suwon’s defense, which is recording the most points conceded (13 goals) in the league.
In particular, Na Sang-ho’s performance this year is amazing. Na Sang-ho, who had a great stage experience at the Qatar World Cup last year, scored a total of four goals, including three goals in a row, with his unique breakthrough power. Already filled half of the total points (8) last season. If Hwang Ui-jo survives, Seoul’s chances of winning increase even more. Currently, Hwang Eui-jo has been silent since he scored a return goal on the 8th.
As for the total record of the two teams, Seoul is slightly ahead with 39 wins, 22 draws and 38 losses. Last season, Seoul had the upper hand with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in 4 matches.
Meanwhile, on the same day, the ‘East Coast Derby’ is also held. Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers, who are currently competing for first and second place in the league, will face off at Ulsan Munsu Stadium.