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2023 Hana 1Q K League 2 Round 10 Preview

notice 2023.04.27   I   hits 866

In K League 2 Round 10 this weekend the top two collide when Gimcheon Sangmu take on Gimpo FC, an unbeaten-in-four Chungnam Asan take on Jeonnam Dragons, and Seongnam FC's in-form Kim Jin-rae is on the hunt for yet another assist when the Magpies take on Seoul E-Land.

Match of the Round

Gimcheon Sangmu (1st) vs Gimpo FC (2nd), Sun. 30th April - 13:30

The top two in K League 2 collide this Sunday when Gimcheon Sangmu take on the division's surprise package Gimpo FC. The two sides are separated by goals scored, just one in fact, as they are both locked on 18 points but Gimcheon have scored 14 to Gimpo's 13. Gimpo, though, are one of two teams to remain unbeaten in K League 2 having picked up five wins and three draws from eight games played.

Gimcheon sit first in K League 1 for shots dispatched with 121 and third for shots on target with 40. Most of their shots have come from inside the box (72), placing Gimcheon in second in this regard. Gimpo, meanwhile, tend to shoot from outside the area and sit fifth in K League 2 in this metric. Ko Jeong-woon's men also sit third for shots on target with 40. Colombian striker Luis Mina is the division's joint-leading goalscorer with five and is third for shots on target with 10. Gimcheon's leading marksman is Kim Ji-hyun who has three for the campaign so far. The on-loan Ulsan striker also sits third in the league for shots dispatched with 20.

With Gimpo joining K League 2 only last year when Gimcheon were a top-division side, Sunday's clash will be the first-ever meeting between them. 

Team of the Round

Chungnam Asan (vs. Jeonnam Dragons, Sat. 29th April - 13:30)

A run of four unbeaten puts Chungnam Asan among the top four in the division for recent form. The Owls drew last time out, conceding a late equaliser at home to Gyeongnam, but had won their two previous matches beforehand - the first against Seoul E-Land at home and the second away to Chungbuk Cheongju. Both wins saw the Owls keep cleansheets, and both saw centre back Jang Jun-young get his name on the scoresheet, opening the scoring inside 12 minutes on both occasions. Such a run of form places Park Dong-hyuk's men in seventh place but a win on Saturday could be enough to shoot into the playoff places. They take on Jeonnam Dragons on Saturday, a side that has lost its last two matches.

Player of the Round

Kim Jin-rae, Seongnam FC (vs. Seoul E-Land, Sun. 30th April - 18:30)

Seongnam FC's Kim Jin-rae has four assists for the season so far, enough to set joint-top of the division in that regard. All four of his assists have come in Seongnam's last four league matches. The most recent came against Busan IPark last weekend, teeing up Sim Dong-woon to give the Magpies a 1-0 lead seven minutes in. The 25-year-old joined Seongnam from K3 side Gyeongju KHNP where he spent the 2022 campaign and, as well as the four assists, has six key passes to his name, and 58 passes to the final third. He also sits in the top eight for crosses made with 10. Up next for Kim Jin-rae and Seongnam is the short trip to Mokdong to take on Seoul E-Land. It'll be the first meeting between the Leopards and the Magpies since 2018.

Elsewhere in K League 2 Round 10

Gyeongnam FC in third host last place Cheonan City this Saturday looking to extend their run of five matches without defeat. The Roses have had a pattern of win one, draw one and so having drawn last time out, could continue in that manner. Cheonan are yet to win this season but earned a first point of the season last time out, a 1-1 draw at home to Ansan Greeners. 

Elsewhere on Saturday, Busan IPark are at home to Ansan Greeners with the aim of extending their unbeaten home record. Ansan, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last two and beat Jeonnam Dragons last time out.

In Saturday's evening kick-off, FC Anyang take on Chungbuk Cheongju looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats. Chungbuk, meanwhile, haven't won since opening day and have lost their last three in a row.

K League 2 Table

K League 2 Round 10 Fixtures

Saturday 29th April

#JDFCvCAFC: Jeonnam Dragons (9th) vs Chungnam Asan (7th) - 13:30 
#GYEvCCFC: Gyeongnam FC (3rd) vs Cheonan City (13th) - 16:00 
#BUSvANS: Busan IPark (4th) vs Ansan Greeners (10th) - 16:00 
#ANYvCHFC: FC Anyang (5th) vs Chungbuk Cheongju (12th) - 18:30 

Sunday 30th April

#GIMvGFC: Gimcheon Sangmu (1st) vs Gimpo FC (2nd) - 13:30 
#SEFCvSFC: Seoul E-Land (11th) vs Seongnam FC (8th) - 16:00 

Not playing: Bucheon FC 1995

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