The momentum of the promoted team has grown to the point of shaking the league game beyond a gust of wind.
Ahead of this season, Gwangju FC and Daejeon Hana Citizen challenged themselves to the first division stage. It was thought that it would not be easy even though it was a match with Gwangju, which overwhelmingly won the K-League 2 championship, and a steady investment. It was because most of the promoted teams had difficulties facing their limits.
That’s why the votes for Gwangju and Daejeon were regarded as just words. Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo showed confidence at the opening media day in February, saying, “Remaining is not the goal,” and “I will push forward with the unique color of Gwangju.”
Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong also predicted a head-to-head match, saying, “I have no intention of backing down just because I’m facing Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai.”
When I opened the lid, the confidence of the two directors had grounds. First of all, Daejeon, which was beaten by Gwangju in K-League 2 last season, seems to be in the first division. In the opening game, they defeated Gangwon FC, which had a bad relationship, and reported their first victory. They had a dramatic draw against Incheon United and a draw against Pohang Steelers. It seemed to slow down for a while, but they succeeded in winning consecutively by beating Suwon Samsung and FC Seoul.
With 11 points, they climbed to second place after Ulsan. In particular, despite meeting a formidable team, they are continuing their undefeated streak with 3 wins and 2 draws. Currently, only Ulsan, Pohang and Daejeon are undefeated among the 12 K League 1 teams. Also, Daejeon boasts hot firepower. With 11 goals in 5 games, it is the highest scoring team along with Ulsan.
Gwangju is showing impressive performance in every game. After defeating Suwon Samsung in the opening game, they lost consecutively to FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Hyundai. Despite the loss, the performance was praised. Lately, I’ve been taking care of the results. After beating Incheon 5-0, they beat Suwon FC 2-0 in the last round and ran a winning streak.
Gwangju (9 points) is in 5th place with 3 wins and 2 losses. Only 2 points behind the 2nd place. Off-air balance is also good. Gwangju scored 8 goals in 5 matches and conceded only 4 goals. If Daejeon has a sharp spear, Gwangju has a solid shield. It ranks second in terms of zero points allowed.
Daejeon and Gwangju show the promotion team’s accompanying blast is overwhelming. According to the Korea Professional Football Federation, Daejeon and Gwangju combined 20 points in the first five games. This is the highest number of points won by two promoted teams since the promotion and relegation system was introduced in 2013. 9 points more than the 11 points won by Daegu FC and Gangwon FC in 2017.
Now, Daejeon and Gwangju are trying to rewrite the history of promoted teams side by side. The best performance ever achieved by a promoted team was runner-up to Gyeongnam FC in 2018. At that time, Gyeongnam was in first place with 13 points from the first five matches. It is not a goal that Daejeon and Gwangju, which have good flow in the early stages, cannot overcome.
Here, we challenge the best performance with the promoted team. After both teams were promoted, it was Jeju United and Suwon FC in 2021 that both looked good.안전놀이터 At that time, Jeju and Suwon FC placed 4th and 5th, respectively, and were named in Final A side by side.
Coincidentally, Daejeon is leaving Suwon FC away this weekend. We are going to prove it against Suwon FC, which is the best example of a promoted team. Gwangju will play an away match against undefeated Pohang. Attention is focused on the battle between manager Lee Jeong-hyo and K-League 1 coach Kim Ki-dong.