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2023 Hana 1Q K League 2 Round 13 Preview

notice 2023.05.11   I   hits 940

The final round of the 2023 Hana 1Q K League 2's first round robin this weekend brings a top-of-the-table clash between promotion contenders Gimcheon Sangmu and FC Anyang, an in-form Busan IPark take Bucheon FC 1995 while Cheonbuk Cheongju's Brazilian forward Jorge Luiz will be looking to fire the Lions to another win when they take on Ansan Greeners.

Match of the Round

Gimcheon Sangmu (2nd) vs FC Anyang (3rd), Sat. 13th May - 16:00

Second hosts third this Saturday when Gimcheon Sangmu take on FC Anyang. Both are among the favourites to win promotion to K League 1 this season and both have begun the season strongly. Gimcheon have won seven while FC Anyang have won six and both have suffered three losses. Their goal tallies are similar, too, with Gimcheon scoring 19 and Anyang 20. Likewise, the number of goals conceded isn't all that different either with Gimcheon shipping 14 and Anyang 13. Two points separate the two teams heading into Saturday's clash meaning a win for either team would be of huge importance.

Both teams occupy the top two places in terms of total shots with Gimcheon first with 167 and Anyang second with 160. However, in terms of accuracy, FC Anyang have proved to be the sharpest shooters of the two with 40% of shots reaching the target (3rd overall) while Gimcheon's is 34.7% (7th overall). Both teams like to get players into the box; Gimcheon have had 290 touches (1st overall) in the penalty area while Anyang have had 251 (2nd overall). The two teams' standout performers so far this term have been Gimcheon's joint-top scorers Kim Min-jun and Kim Ji-hyun - both on loan from Ulsan and both on three goals. While FC Anyang's Brazilian attacking midfielder Andrigo has eight goal contributions from an xGA of 5.97, made up of five assists and three goals.

Saturday's meeting will be the first between the two clubs since 2021, the season Gimcheon won promotion and FC Anyang fell short in the playoffs. That year, three of the four meetings ended in draws, and one was won by FC Anyang.

Team of the Round

Busan IPark (vs. Bucheon FC 1995, Sat. 13th May - 18:30)

Just one loss and five wins from 11 games means Busan IPark are sitting in fourth place in the table. Last time out, Busan put three past fellow promotion contenders FC Anyang to make it four unbeaten. The South Coast side have shown a tendency to shoot from distance and, in fact, sit joint-top of the table for shots dispatched from outside the area with 74. Busan are third for one-on-one dribbles with 316, second per 90 with 26.24, and fifth for success with 52.5%. The team's leading scorers are Brazilian stars Fessin and Bruno Lamas who both have four goals for the season so far. Bruno Lamas leads the league for shots with 44 while Fessin is the most accurate shooter with 66.67% of all attempts finding the target. Up next for Busan IPark is Bucheon FC 1995 at home. Bucheon won 5-2 last time out and are on a run of three straight victories. 

Player of the Round

Jorge Luiz, Chungbuk Cheongju (vs. Ansan Greeners, Sun. 14th May - 18:30)

Chungbuk Cheongju have won two games this season and Brazilian forward Jorge Luiz has scored in both of them. The 23-year-old also scored in the 3-2 loss to Seongnam, pulling a goal back when the Lions were 2-1 down at the time. Jorge was on target last time out, too, to help his team earn a 2-1 win over Cheonan City. The towering forward did well to take a touch with one foot, and steady himself before shooting with the other. Three goals for the campaign is more or less on par with his xG of 3.18. A total of 22 shots puts Jorge ninth in the division in that regard while 10 headed attempts on goal is the second-most in the division. Meanwhile, 36 touches in the box is the fifth-most in K League 2 so far this term. Up next for Jorge Luiz and Chungbuk Cheongju is Ansan Greeners at home, a side that's looking for a first win in four matches. 

Elsewhere in K League 2 Round 13

For what's being billed as 'Vietnam Day' at Mokdong Stadium, Seoul E-Land host Cheonan City on Saturday afternoon to get the weekend's K League 2 action underway. The Leopards have Vietnam international striker Nguyễn Văn Toàn who is still looking to break his goal-scoring duck while Cheonan have defender Nguyễn Cảnh Anh and striker Vũ Minh Hiếu but neither have appeared for the club this term. Cheonan are still looking for their first win of the season while Seoul are looking to make it three unbeaten.

Kicking off Sunday's action, Gyeongnam FC are at home to Seongnam FC ahead of, for the longest time, what was a top-flight fixture. The Roses and the Magpies have the same goal this season and that's a return to K League 1. Four points separate the two teams heading into Sunday's clash meaning a win for seventh-place Seongnam would put them right into the promotion mix. A win for Gyeongnam, meanwhile could see them move to the league's summit should results elsewhere go their way.

Later on Sunday afternoon, Chungnam Asan have the unenviable task of trying to halt Gimpo FC's unbeaten start to the new campaign. The Owls are currently ninth in the table after back-to-back losses while Gimpo, despite drawing their last two, are still top of the league. 

K League 2 Table

K League 2 Round 13 Fixtures

Saturday 13th May

#SEFCvCCFC: Seoul E-Land (10th) vs Cheonan City (12th) - 13:30 
#GIMvANY: Gimcheon Sangmu (2nd) vs FC Anyang (3rd) - 16:00 
#BUSvBUC: Busan IPark (5th) vs Bucheon FC 1995 (6th) - 18:30 

Sunday 14th May

#GYEvSFC: Gyeongnam FC (4th) vs Seongnam FC (7th) - 13:30 
#CAFCvGFC: Chungnam Asan (9th) vs Gimpo FC (1st) - 16:00 
#CHFCvANS: Chungbuk Cheongju (12th) vs Ansan Greeners (11th) - 18:30 

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