‘The only undefeated’ Pohang vs ‘defensive anxiety’ Incheon, Shin Jin-ho derby is coming
Shin Jin-ho, who moved his enemies from Pohang to Incheon, changed his uniform and faced his own team. However, the atmosphere of Pohang, the pro-government team, is in a state of disarray, and the atmosphere of Incheon is slowing down.
Pohang Steelers and Incheon United will face off in the 10th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Pohang Steel Yard at 3:00 pm on the 30th. Currently, Pohang is 2nd with 19 points and Incheon is 10th with 9 points.
# A special first step, another step
It’s a special season for both teams. Pohang and Incheon celebrated their 50th and 20th anniversaries, respectively, and set goals suitable for them. Pohang promised to win the championship for the first time in 10 years, and Incheon aimed for the top spot once again with extensive reinforcements. However, the current mood of the two teams is very different.
The atmosphere in Pohang is the best. A difficult season was expected as key players such as Kang Hyun-moo, Shin Jin-ho, and Im Sang-hyeop left before the season. But everything was for nothing. Pohang, contrary to everyone’s expectations, is having the best season with the only undefeated record in the league.
Incheon is having an unstable early season. Incheon had the best year ever by advancing to the Asian Champions League for the first time as a club with 4th place last year. With the active investment of the club, they recruited Zerso, Chun Seong-hoon, and Shin Jin-ho and expected a better season, but they are off to a rather uneasy start.
# Distinct difference
Pohang’s rising factor is its offensive power. Pohang is showing off tremendous firepower by scoring in 8 out of 9 games in the league. The even performance of the attacking resources was dazzling. Young-guns and veterans such as Koh Young-jun, Lee Ho-jae, and Baek Seong-dong led the team’s attack together.
A good performance from the rear was also supported. Thanks to the active participation of Oberdan and both fullbacks in the build-up, Pohang is showing great progress, ranking first in the number of successful passes per league game (481) and second in possession (54.4%). The defense also shows no weakness in the offense and defense, recording only 8 runs in 9 games.
In addition to this, the recent Incheon and good memories give strength. In the last 5 matches, they recorded 2 wins and 3 draws, showing a strong appearance against Incheon. Considering the recent atmosphere and opponent record, it is a game in which Pohang can be confident of victory.
On the other hand, Incheon is a problem with both balls and numbers. Last year, the reason why Incheon was able to rise to 4th place was defense. However, Incheon’s defense this year has become a weakness rather than a strength. While playing 9 games in the league, he recorded 15 points and is recording the second place in the league after the lowest place Suwon.
He is also suffering from scoring poverty. They only scored 9 points in 9 league games, and are recording 9th in team scoring after Gangwon, Suwon Samsung, and Jeju. There is hope to walk. On the 22nd, against Suwon FC, Cheon Seong-hoon scored his K-League debut goal and multi-goal, emerging as a solver for Incheon. The key is whether he will continue to score in this game and establish himself as a reliable scorer. 메이저놀이터
# Shin Jinho Derby is coming
I’m ready to face my own team. Shin Jin-ho faces Pohang, his former team as captain. Taking a break from the game against Ulsan during the week, both motivation and stamina are sufficient. As Shin Jin-ho, who has yet to have an offensive point after transferring, it would be perfect if he was involved in scoring in this match and led the team to victory.
Pohang players also made up their minds against Shin Jin-ho. According to an official from the Pohang club, “After the match immediately before, the captain, Kim Seung-dae, expressed his determination, saying, ‘I will show who’s choice is right.’
These are two teams with opposite atmospheres recently. The key is whether Pohang will overwhelm Incheon with its hot offensive power, or whether Incheon will reorganize its defense and revive the ‘salty water defense’ to block Pohang’s attack and seize an opportunity.