Jeju could feel a bit hard done by. Their match against Gwangju was played on a waterlogged pitch after heavy rain, but the match wasn’t postponed and they could only manage a draw against the bottom-placed club. Jeonbuk themselves were lucky to get a point against Daegu, who had two goals chalked off due to some controversial VAR decisions. But when it came to the game that counted, Jeju couldn’t get out of first gear against Jeonbuk and in the end paid the price.
Ulsan’s results kept them level with Jeju on 59 points, and a win over Mokpo means they have an FA Cup final to look forward to too, meaning that they look very likely to earn Asian Champions’ League football next season. Suwon’s recent form has been a disaster, with four draws and a loss following a three-nil win over Jeonnam, their only win in eight games. That form means that the once title contenders are now level with FC Seoul on 53 points, and could find themselves missing out on the ACL. The good news for the Bluewings is that they still have a chance to win an ACL spot in the cup if their poor league form continues, and that their star striker Johnathan is back from injury.
Some good form has given Seoul a chance to salvage their season by possibly sneaking into the ACL at Suwon’s expense. Gangwon make up the top half as we head into the split.
Down at the bottom, Gwangju, who haven’t won since July, are cast adrift on 23 points. Jeonnam, Incheon, and Sangmu are all on 33 points, with Daegu just above them on 36 points. Any of those teams could end up in the relegation playoff spot, although Pohang’s 40 points means they are probably just about safe.