While the focus is on the leaders, the mid-table teams are doing well. While the top teams in the League of Legends 2 (Part 2) continue to fight for position, the mid-table has thickened with the addition of Jeonnam Dragons and Chungbuk Cheongju. The fight for playoff tickets has intensified.
One team to watch is the ‘newcomer’ Chungbuk Cheongju (32 points). They won three games, drew three, and lost six in the first round robin. Despite their early momentum, their limitations were clear. They finished in 11th place. However, it was a different story in the second round robin. After playing 11 games due to the postponement of their match against Chungnam Asan in round 26, Chungbuk Cheongju managed to win 5, draw 5, and lose 1. They jumped up to eighth place in the standings. The key to Chungbuk Cheongju’s rebound was stabilizing their defense. After conceding an average of 1.9 goals in their first 12 games, they more than halved that to 0.8 goals in their next 11 games.
Chungbuk Cheongju will host Gimpo FC in the 27th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 at Cheongju Sports Complex. Gimpo won 2-0 against Cheonan City FC in the last round. Lewis and Jang Yun-ho scored back-to-back goals, marking their first multi-goal game in five matches. Gimpo is in third place with 42 points. Chungbuk Cheongju leads the season head-to-head with a 1-1 draw. Both teams have good momentum and good defense, so expect a tight one-goal game.
Seventh-ranked Jeonnam (34 points) will host ‘leader’ Gimcheon Sangmu at home at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20. Jeonnam has been in good form in the second half of the season. However, recently, it has been more of a struggle. They have been repeating the ‘win, lose, win’ pattern. The offense is fine with a special ace in Valdivia. With 11 goals and 7 assists, Valdivia is responsible for half of the team’s goals (36). Hanam and Plana also have five and four goals, respectively. However, the team has conceded 38 goals, the third-most after Cheonan (51) and Ansan Greeners (44).
Next up is Gimcheon. Gimcheon is on a roll, going 4-1-1 in their last five games. Their offense is especially hot, having won their last two games in a row 4-0. Cho Young-wook is the top scorer with 12 goals. The key for Jeonnam will be how to stop Gimcheon’s powerful offense. Jeonnam also has the power to open Gimcheon’s goal. 스포츠토토
Second-place Busan I-Park, which has recently recorded three consecutive clean sheets with a “salty defense” centered on Cho Wi-je, will clash with Seoul Eland at 6:30 p.m. on the 20th at Mokdong Sports Complex in Seoul. Busan has been strong enough to record four straight wins against Lee Land. The Ansan Greeners and Chungnam Asan will meet at 7 p.m. on the 19th at Ansanwa Stadium.