The third Waterworks Derby of the season is one-sided, but it’s a derby, so it’s unpredictable. The third Suwon Derby is just around the corner to cool down the hot summer.
The Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Suwon FC will meet for the third time this season in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium on May 5 at 7pm. It promises to be an intense match as both teams are on the brink of a cliffhanger.
Currently, Suwon Samsung and Suwon FC are separated by just one place in the standings. Suwon FC is in 10th place with 5 wins, 5 draws, 14 losses, and 20 points, while Suwon Samsung is in 11th place with 4 wins, 6 draws, 14 losses, and 18 points, two points behind. Depending on the outcome of this match, the standings could flip.
Things are not looking good for Suwon FC. They have one draw and four losses in July, including a devastating 2-7 loss to FC Seoul. The team’s defense seems to collapse when they score, and when they defend, they don’t score. The offensive and defensive balance was off.
On top of that, the main striker, Ras, was unable to make up his mind and wandered around. Coach Kim Do-gyun took the extraordinary step of excluding Ras, but if Ras can’t end his wandering, the team’s future is uncertain. In response, Kim changed the captaincy from Yoon Beom-garam, Lee Seung-woo, and Jeong Jae-yong to Lee Young-jae, Shin Se-jin, and Jeong Dong-ho in an effort to revitalize the team’s atmosphere.
Contrary to the team’s mood, Suwon FC’s performance in the Suwon Derby is very good. They have two wins in two matches this season. Rath’s attack, which utilizes the height of the relatively small Suwon Samsung defenders, and the movement of Lee Seung-woo, Yoon Beom-garam, and Oh In-pyo in between them, have given Suwon FC an overwhelming advantage in the derby.
The roster for today’s match also looks to be a winning formula for Suwon FC. Ras is back in the starting lineup. Park Bae-jong is in goal, while Jung Dong-ho, Park Chul-woo, Hugo Gomez, and Shinsegae line up in defense. Lee Seung-woo, Yoon Beom-garam, and Kim Sun-min were in the midfield, while Ahn Chi-woo and Kang Min-sung, along with Rath, formed the starting attacking line.
Lee Beom-young, Oh In-pyo, Park Byung-hyun, Jung Jae-yong, Lee Kwang-hyuk, and Bautersson will come off the bench. The omission of Lopez from the roster is notable.
In the pre-match press conference, Suwon FC head coach Kim Do-gyun talked about the work done during the break, saying, “We practiced on the things that were a little bit difficult, the things that didn’t go well in the game, and I think the last two games we played just before the break went as we prepared. So we’ve been working on that, and we’ve been doing a lot of organized training to try to improve on that.”
“At the end of June, when we were on a winless streak, (Yoon) Seong-garam came to me and asked for a change. I was a little bit reluctant at the time, and we’ll see how it goes, but as we continued to go winless, I thought we should make some changes during the break. I made a substitution to change the atmosphere.”
In the previous match, Kim had a strong message for Rath, who had gone off the rails. Was this conflict resolved during the break? “The transfer window issue was very difficult for me, and I wasn’t feeling well until the last game before the break. We had a conversation during the break, and Ras was able to realize that he needed to focus on the team, so he trained hard afterward,” Kim said, indicating that Ras’s problems were somewhat resolved.스포츠토토
Suwon FC has a strong matchup against Suwon Samsung. They’ve won the last two games. One of the keys to their success has been their offensive play with Lars controlling possession. “I think it’s important to play what we can do well,” said Kim Do-gyun. Playing with Lars was an advantage against Suwon Samsung. We need to utilize that aspect well, and I’m also looking forward to the individual abilities of Lee Seung-woo and Yoon Beom-garam. They showed a lot of improvement during the break, so I’m looking forward to today’s match.”