Incheon United was thrashed 4-1 at home by Pohang Steelers last week, but the very small consolation was that it scored its first goal of the season. This week, it kicks off the fifth round of fixtures at home to Gangwon.
Gangwon had experienced a mixed start to the new campaign but beat the reigning champions Jeonbuk on Saturday. That should give the whole club a lift going into the rest of the season.
I’ve provided my match preview, as well as my Incheon United vs. Gangwon FC prediction and betting pick, below.
Incheon United to Win+323
Gangwon FC to Win-101
BetOnline has made Gangwon the big favorites to win this game, and it is not just that incredible win last week that has informed its decision. Incheon has looked well off the pace since the season began and doesn’t look like it will be able to contain the expansive style of soccer that Gangwon likes to play.
Incheon United vs. Gangwon FC Preview
The 2020 K League 1 season had been more of a dull procession of games so far for Incheon until last weekend when Pohang Steelers came to town. After three games without even scoring a goal, the 4-1 beating handed out by Kim Ki-dong’s men only highlighted the limitations in the Incheon squad.
Nothing has got going up front as yet and it was very noticeable again that Stefan Mugosa failed to get on the scoresheet. He has been the one reliable component of Incheon’s attacking play in the last few years and without the Montenegrin’s service, the team do look a step behind its opponents.
Gangwon, on the other hand, will be eagerly looking forward to this fixture as a chance to really challenge the upper reaches of the K League 1 table. The win over Jeonbuk has sent a message of intent to the rest of the league, but that must be followed up with further victories to ensure Gangwon is taken seriously.
Injuries have ended up stifling Gangwon’s ability to finish higher than sixth in the last two seasons but the majority of the best players are back to full fitness now. Incheon did restrict its first two opponents of the season to goalless draws, so there will be a strong defensive unit out to frustrate Gangwon. It is up to Kim Byung-soo to send his players out with the same message of attacking soccer to combat that.
Incheon United vs. Gangwon FC Prediction and Pick
Gangwon FC to Win
There is nothing like a victory over a previously unbeaten reigning champion to show that you should be taken notice of. The fact that Jeonbuk had conceded just one goal before last week is a testament to the way Gangwon approaches its games, no matter who the opponent is. Incheon has looked lifeless so far this year and could be in for a depressing day on Friday.