“ACLE Aiming” Jeonbuk Can It Turn Over at the Last Point…a six-point showdown with Gwangju!
Jeonbuk Hyundai and Gwangju FC will face off in the 37th round of Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m. on the 25th. Currently, Jeonbuk ranks fifth with 54 points (15 wins, 9 draws and 12 losses), and Gwangju ranks third with 58 points (16 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses).
It is a six-point game with two games left in the season. Depending on the results of the game, Gwangju may secure more than 3rd place early, or Jeonbuk may continue to overturn it at the last minute. If Jeonbuk wins this game, it will jump to fourth place, beating Incheon (56 points), which has played one more game, to save the spark of entering the third place.
There is a big difference between the third and fourth places. Third place can qualify for the AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) playoffs, and fourth place can qualify for the AFC Champions League (ACL2) instead of ACLE. This is because Pohang, which is currently in second place, won the FA Cup and took one ticket to the ACLE.
A fierce last-minute ranking battle over ACLE tickets. Jeonbuk must win and watch first. If they draw or lose to Gwangju, their hopes for third place will be in vain. In the worst case, Incheon may be allowed to turn the tables at the last minute and even miss the ACL 2 berth.
Jeonbuk has been strong against Gwangju this season. They faced each other four times, including the FA Cup, and won three games and lost one. Gwangju’s gust of wind, which fought equally against strong teams, was also relatively quiet in front of Jeonbuk.
Ahn Hyun-beom and Kim Jung-hoon, who were away due to injury, also returned. Kim Jin-soo and Park Jin-seop, who were called to the A match in November, also did not play much time, so there is no physical problem. However, Jeonbuk has recently slowed down with one draw and two losses in three games, including the ACL and FA Cup finals, so it must quickly forget about it and stand up.
Gwangju also has to catch Jeonbuk somehow. If they shake off the pursuit of fourth-place Jeonbuk and add three points, they will secure more than the third-highest performance in the club’s history. It will also follow his long-cherished dream of advancing to ACLE for the first time in the club’s history.
The atmosphere has not been so good lately. Gwangju lost 0-2 to Incheon at home in the last round of 35, and tied 1-1 in Daegu in the 36th round. If you slip more here, you could miss your ACLE ticket in front of your eyes.
More than ever, this is the moment when “Lee Jung-hyo Magic” is needed. Gwangju’s solid defense and systematic attack, which also destroyed the winning team Ulsan, should be strengthened. Lee Soon-min, Heo Yul, Um Ji-sung, and Asani, who were called to the national team, also returned without any injuries, so there is no big power leak.