Pohang Steelers are fifth in the Korean K-League 1 ahead of Friday’s visit from Gangwon FC. The Steelers are midtable, but well off the pace for the K-League 1 title with 13 points separating them from first-place Ulsan Hyundai.
Gangwon FC are 10th in the table and fighting to get away from the relegation zone. Friday’s visitors have picked up 15 points from 15 games this season.
Gangwon FC head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Suwon Samsung Bluewings last time around.
Pohang Steelers are unbeaten in their last two K-League 1 games. In the previous round, the Steelers drew 2-2 with Daegu FC away from home.
The Steelers have a solid head-to-head record against Gangwon FC in the teams’ last six meetings. Pohang have a record of 3W-2D-1L and are unbeaten in back-to-back games versus Gangwon FC.
Gangwon FC took just five points from their last six K-League 1 games. They scored a mere four goals and conceded nine times.
Pohang Steelers, on the other hand, took eight points from the last six matches. Steelers scored six goals and conceded five times across those fixtures. Pohang have been strong at home with a record of 3W-2D-1L on their own turf.
Gangwon FC’s away record has been weak with four points from six road games. All four points have come from draws on the road in 2022.
Pohang Steelers have scored the league’s fourth-most goals with 18. Heo Yong Joon leads the team in goals with five.
The forward will be counted on to get a goal against Gangwon to continue Pohang’s current unbeaten streak. Heo has tallied 28% of the team’s scoring.
Sin Jin Ho and Lee Seung Mo have combined for six assists. The midfield duo has been excellent at creating goals for the Pohang strikers.
Gangwon FC are led in scoring by Kim Daewon with five goals. The visitors have scored the K-League 1’s third-fewest goals this term with just 14.
Meanwhile, the defence has allowed the fourth-most goals with 19. Gangwon FC failed to score in two of their last six games.
At the moment Gangwon FC occupy the relegation playoffs in the standings. A win against Pohang Steelers could take them out of the bottom three.
However, Pohang Steelers are on a good run of form and should post a win against Gangwon FC at home. Steelers should collect a win to nil with the game ending 2-0.