Will the competition for second place in K League 2, which is as hot as whether Ulsan wins early, be decided this weekend?
This weekend, when Ulsan Hyundai’s early win in K-League 1 will be decided, a grueling match will unfold for second place in K-League 2. Gimcheon Sangmu and Gimpo FC await the match that will determine which team will advance directly to the relegation playoffs.굿모닝토토 도메인
Gimcheon and Gimpo will play the 37th round of Hana One Q K League 2 2023 at Gimcheon Sports Complex on the 29th. Gimcheon is in second place with 64 points, and Gimpo is in third place with 59 points.
Gimcheon, which is currently chasing leader Busan I’Park (66 points), will secure at least second place if it wins this game against Gimpo, regardless of the remaining two games. Conversely, if Gimpo overpowers Gimcheon, they can secure at least third place and drag on the battle for second place until the end.
The reason fans are paying attention even though it is not a matter of determining the winning team of K League 2, but simply a competition for second place, is because of the K League promotion and relegation format that has changed since last year.
The Korea Professional Football League revised the promotion and relegation system regulations ahead of last season. Previously, the lowest ranked team in K League 1 was automatically relegated, and the winning team in K League 2 was automatically promoted to take their place. In addition, K League 2 2nd to 4th place played a playoff, and the final winner played a promotion playoff against K League 1 11th place. However, starting last season, the K League 1 relegation zone expanded to 10th to 12th place. Accordingly, the 2nd place in K League 2 will go straight to the promotion playoffs with 11th place in K League 1 without going through the playoffs, and the 3rd to 5th place teams in K League 2 will go to the playoffs and play the 10th place in K League 1.
There is a clear difference in terms of physical strength between going directly to the promotion playoffs and going through the K League 2 playoffs to the promotion playoffs. This is why the battle for second place can never be ignored.
In a match between two teams, it is not easy to guarantee victory or defeat. This is because both teams have been showing great momentum recently.
Gimcheon is the strongest team with the most goals this season. In 33 games this season, he scored 67 goals, an average of more than 2 goals per game. Despite the absence of Cho Young-wook, who received special military service benefits for winning the gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, he scored a whopping 17 goals in the last four games.
On the other hand, Gimpo is the strongest shield, boasting the fewest goals conceded with 22 goals. Although there is no sense of being inferior to Gimcheon in terms of offensive power, the team boasts a stable game operation based on the high level of activity of all players. The atmosphere is also good as they are undefeated in the last 7 games in a row. In particular, Gimpo is showing great confidence against Gimcheon by winning both of its previous two matches against Gimcheon.