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2022 Hana 1Q K League 1 Round 19 Preview

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Round 19 of the 2022 Hana 1Q K League 1 sees an East Coast Derby take centre stage with Ulsan Hyundai heading to the Steel Yard to face Pohang Steelers while Saturday evening also sees a crucial clash at the foot of the table between Seongnam FC and Gangwon FC. Meanwhile, Suwon Samsung Bluewings play host to Incheon United on Sunday. Here is K League United's guide to Round 19.

Saturday, July 2nd

#JEJvSEO: Jeju United (3rd) Vs. FC Seoul (7th) - 18:00 KST


Jeju United fell to a second defeat in a row last time out as they lost 4-2 to Gangwon FC, a result that has seen them slip to four points behind second place. FC Seoul, meanwhile, saw their one-goal advantage disappear in last weekend's Gyeongin Derby against Incheon United after Cho Young-wook had given them the lead. Seoul were also in action midweek, coming away 3-0 winners in the FA Quarterfinals against K3 League side Busan Transportation Corporation. 

This weekend's matchup will be the 150th between the pair, with FC Seoul holding the advantage over Jeju Untied in victories by 59 to 47. These two sides have met twice this year. Their league encounter finished 2-1 to the Islanders thanks to a brace from Jonathan Ring yet the capital club did defeat Jeju in May in the FA Cup, walking away 3-1 victors.

#EastCoastDerby: Pohang Steelers (5th) Vs. Ulsan Hyundai (1st) - 19:00


This weekend, the pick of the fixtures sees Ulsan Hyundai make the short trip to The Steel Yard to face local rivals Pohang Steelers in the East Coast Derby. Both teams were in cup action midweek, looking to make it to the semifinals. Pohang Steelers were unable to do so, losing to Daegu FC 3-2 while Ulsan were able to progress via a penalty shootout after being held for 120 minutes by K League 2 outfit Bucheon FC 1995. The midweek action followed draws for either side in Round 18 with Pohang Steelers seeing Lee Seunf-mo suspended for this weekend after a dismissal in his team's draw with Gimcheon.

This will be the 172nd time the East Coast Derby will br played across all competitions, with Pohang leading Ulsan on victories by 62 to 58. This season's earlier meetup fell in favour of the Horanfi though, with Leonardo and Lim Jong-un securing a 2-0 victory.


#GIMvJEO: Gimcheon Sangmu (9th) Vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2nd) - 19:00


Gimcheon Sangmu hope to arrest a run of eight matches without a win when they take on title defenders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors this Saturday. The army side have drawn their last two matches from losing positions with last weekend's draw against Pohang being salvaged thanks to a Kim Ji-hyun effort. Jeonbuk also drew last weekend but are in finer form, having picked up seven points from their last three league outings. The Green Warriors have also been in midweek action, seeing off Suwon Samsung Bluewings by three goals to nil to secure passage to the semifinals of the FA Cup.

When these two sides met earlier in the year, both sides' leading strikers found the back of the net in a one-all draw. Cho Gu-seung, on loan from Jeonbuk, scored the opener from the spot before Gustavo levelled things later on in proceedings.

#SFCvGAN: Seongnam FC (12th) Vs. Gangwon FC (10th) - 20:00


Seongnam FC put in a resilient performance against league leaders Ulsan, holding out for a goalless draw and a valuable point in their plight to avoid relegation. The draw did mean, however, that the Magpies are now without a win in four. Given Seongnam's proximity to Gangwon in the table, the hosts will be hoping to end that streak and pull themselves a little bit closer to safety.

Gangwon had also been on a four-match winless run heading into last weekend but put a halt to in significant style, claiming a 4-2 win against 3rd placed Jeju United. Goals from Lee Jong-hyeop, Rim Chang-woo and a brace from Kim Dae-won ensured the much-needed three points.

When these two sides met earlier in the season, the result fell in Gangwon's favour thanks to goals from Dino Islamovic and Kim Dae-won. While Seongnam do hold the advantage historically over Gangwon with 12 wins to 11 across 29 meetings, the Magpies have only won two of the last ten encounters with Saturday's opponents.

Sunday, July 3rd

#DAEvSUW: Daegu FC (6th) Vs. Suwon FC (8th) - 19:00


Daegu FC's 3-2 FA Cup win over Pohang Steelers midweek saw them extend their unbeaten run to fifteen matches across all competitions and maintain their chase of silverware as they progress into the semifinals. The win followed a 1-1 draw against Jeonbuk in Round 18 where Go Jae-hyeon saw his opener cancelled out by Kim Jin-su. 

Daegu's opponents this weekend are Suwon FC, a side that has won their last three with their most recent scalp being that of local rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a convincing 3-0 victory. Goals from Murilo, Jang Hyeonk-jin and Lee Seung-woo sealed the win with Lee having now scored in each of his last four games.

Lee Seung-woo also scored when these two sides faced one another earlier in the campaign, an end-to-end encounter that ultimately finished 4-3 to Suwon.

#SSBvINC: Suwon Samsung Bluewings (11th) Vs. Incheon United (4th) - 19:30


Having been on the wrong side of a derby defeat last weekend, Suwon Samsung Bluewings followed up their 3-0 loss with another, being knocked out of the FA Cup to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. It means that the Bluewings are now winless in five across all competitions heading into the weekend.

Incheon United's previous match was also a local affair as they took on Gyeongin Derby rivals FC Seoul. The match ended one apiece, with Incheon fighting back thanks to a second-half Lee Myung-joo effort. However, the match also marked Stefan Mugoša's last game for the club before joining J. League side Vissel Kobe earlier this week. Mugoša currently leads the K League's Golden Boot race with 14 goals, making up over half of Incheon's tally this season. Incheon will need to choose his replacement wisely as well as find defensive cover for Kim Jun-yeop who is suspended for this fixture.

Mugoša also helped claim the three points in the match between the pair earlier this season, scoring in the 90th minute after the Bluewings had been reduced to 10 men earlier in proceedings.

 

Where to Watch


Fans in countries with K League overseas broadcasting rights can follow the game live on television. More information can be found here.

Alternatively, the match is also available for FREE on tv.kleague.com.

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