Team of the Round
Ansan Greeners (vs. Gimcheon Sangmu, Sat. 2nd Oct. 13:30 KST)
Tasked with stopping the increasingly impressive Gimcheon this week are Ansan Greeners. On the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Seoul Subway Line Four neighbours Anyang, Ansan will look to improve on their last two meetings with the current leaders that saw them concede four goals without reply. Saturday offers the Green Wolves the chance to record three straight wins for the first time since 2019, whereby Ansan defeated soon-to-be crowned champions Gwangju FC.
Ansan started off their 2021 season with a win over Anyang and repeated the feat thanks to Song Joo-ho's second goal of the season. While Róbson Duarte continues to show his value in the Korean second tier, his compatriot Canhoto also bagged in Ansan's previous outing on the road. Neutrals can expect plenty of goalmouth action this weekend with both Gimcheon and Ansan both ranking in the top half in K League 2 for expected goals. Against a rampant and in-form Gimcheon side that dominate possession, Ansan will need defender Yeon Je-min to be on top form, currently ranking seventh in the division for success in aerial duels.
Player of the Round
Kim Jin-kyu (Busan IPark vs. Chungnam Asan, Sun. 3rd Oct. 18:30 KST)
Tokyo 2020 Olympian Kim Jin-kyu is highly regarded as one of the most progressive midfielders in K League 2. 24-year-old Kim opened the scoring at Jamsil last time out as Ricardo Peres' as Busan won their first game in 10 attempts. Netting his fourth of the season, Kim has also displayed his creative side in the league this season, standing as the most accurate passer of through balls by quite a margin.
Playing all across the central midfield this season, Kim is now into his seventh season amid Busan's first team squad bouncing with them between the top two tiers. This weekend, Busan look for a much-needed boost of consecutive wins as they welcome Chungnam Asan to the Gudeok Stadium. Sitting fifth and travelling to fourth-placed Jeonnam Dragons in October, Busan are by no means out of the play-off race with seven-point gap to close in the remaining five games.
Elsewhere in K League 2 Round 29
Hana 1Q K League 2 boasts another game sandwiched between the top mentioned above. On Saturday afternoon Gyeongnam travel to Jamsil to take on Seoul E-Land on the back of their last-gasp victory at Bucheon last time out. Claiming their first win in six, Seol Ki-hyeon's in-form striker Hernades bagged his tenth of the season in the 95th-minute to seal all three points.
Looking to bounce back from defeat at Gimcheon last weekend, Daejeon Hana Citizen return to home soil for their next two games, starting with the visit of Bucheon on Sunday. Winning just one of their previous five, Lee Min-sung's side will want to solidify defensively while they seem to have no problem scoring at the other end as they look to close in on securing a play-off place.
K League 2 Round 32 Fixtures
Saturday 2nd October 2021
: Gimcheon Sangmu (1st) vs Ansan Greeners (6th) - 13:30#SEFCvGYE
: Seoul E-Land (9th) vs Gyeongnam FC (5th) - 16:00
: FC Anyang (2nd) vs Jeonnam Dragons (4th) - 18:30
Sunday 3rd October 2021
: Daejeon Hana Citizen (3rd) vs Bucheon FC 1995 (10th) - 16:00
: Busan IPark (8th) vs Chungnam Asan (7th) - 18:30
K League 2 Table through Round 31
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K League United Assistant Editor