K League United's Assistant Editor Peter Hampshire picks out a match, team and player to watch this weekend.
Match of the Round
Seongnam FC (5th) vs Ulsan Hyundai (3rd) | Sat. 3 Mar. 16:30 KST
Hot on the coat tails of league leaders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors once more, Ulsan's unbeaten start to the season came to an end last time out in Daegu. The first of four games against sides from the Gyeonggi region, Hong Myung-bo's side boast an U-22 star in the making of their own in Kim Min-jun, who has bagged two in five appearances this season. Ulsan sit top in K League metrics in terms of goals, expected goals and possession. They also have the lowest PPDA in K League 1, which equates to the number of passes they allow their opposition compared to their defensive actions.
[READ: March 2021 K League Newsletter]
Team of the Round
The youngest squad in K League 1, Daegu rank second for both expected goals for and against, which often results in entertainment on the pitch. With Jung Seung-won looking likely to return to action, Lee Byung-geun will be hoping Edgar da Silva and Park Gi-dong can return from injuries sooner rather than later to play as a recognised number nine. Cesinha is certainly doing his best to fill that void though, netting three in six so far this term.
Player of the Round
Kim Geon-woong (Suwon FC)
Kim ranks in the top 10 for interceptions across the whole of K League 1, while boasting the division's 18th best passing accuracy so far this season. A dependable presence in K League 2 for the past two seasons, the 23-year-old has shown he is capable of stepping up to the first tier. Kim Do-kyun will no doubt be hoping that a solid defence will go some way to claiming that inaugural win of the 2021 season.
K League 1 Table
K League 1 Round 7 Fixtures
Friday 2nd March 2021
#POHvDAE: Pohang Steelers (7th) vs Daegu FC (9th) - 19:30 KST
Saturday 3rd March 2021
#SSBvJEO: Suwon Samsung Bluewings (4th) vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1st) - 14:00 KST
#SFCvULS: Seongnam FC (5th) vs Ulsan Hyundai (3rd) - 16:30 KST
#SEOvGAN: FC Seoul (2nd) vs Gangwon FC (10th) - 19:00 KST
Sunday 4th March 2021
#SUWvJEJ: Suwon FC (12th) vs Jeju United (6th) - 14:00 KST
#GWAvINC: Gwangju FC (11th) vs Incheon United (8th) - 16:30 KST
Kim Dong-hyun (Gangwon FC) - Returns Round 8
Jo Jin-woo (Daegu FC) - Returns Round 8
Song Min-kyu (Pohang Steelers) - Returns Round 9
Ahn Young-kyu (Seongnam FC), Park Ji-soo (Suwon FC) and Song Si-woo (Incheon United) are all available once more having been unavailable for their respective team's Round 6 fixtures through suspension.
K League United Assistant Editor