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Preview: Suwon FC vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings

league 2023.03.09   I   hits 348

Round 3 of the 2023 Hana 1Q K League 1 season gets underway with the first Suwon Derby of the year. Suwon FC host their crosstown rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings with both teams looking for a first win of the campaign. Saturday's first Suwon Derby of 2023 is the 15th in total, 12th in K League, and kicks off at 14:00 KST with English commentary available on TV.KLeague.com 

Recent Form

Suwon FC and Suwon Samsung Bluewings have begun the season in a similar fashion, drawing one and losing one. Suwon FC began the new season with a 0-0 draw away to Jeju United in a game that saw goalkeeper Lee Bum-young produce a number of crucial saves. Last time out, Kim Do-kyun's side lost 2-1 at home to Pohang Steelers - Brazilian winger Murilo's 47th-minute strike had halved the deficit following goals from Goh Young-jun and Jeong Jae-hee but the Castle Park side were unable to find another.

Suwon Bluewings, meanwhile, suffered defeat on opening day following a smash-and-grab from newly-promoted Gwangju FC. The Bluewings had 10 attempts on goal, five of which hit the target and racked up close to 500 passes, close to 150 more than Gwangju. However, a late Jasir Asani goal sealed the win for Gwangju. Last time out, though, Suwon came from behind to earn a draw away to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with Maxwell Acosty opening his account with a stunning strike from outside the box.

Team News

Suwon FC will be without Lee Seung-woo through suspension following his red card against Pohang Steelers last time out. Lee will miss two games, the Suwon Derby and the trip to Ulsan next week. 

The Bluewings will be hoping that Fejsal Mulić is fit to make his debut for the club as the Serbian striker missed the first two matches of the season with a hamstring problem. The winter signing from Seongnam is considered a doubt.


If last season's Suwon Derby matches are anything to go by, there should be goals in this weekend's clash. From the four meetings in 2022 there were, on average, 3.25 goals per match. This was higher than in 2021 when there were only 1.75 goals per match on average.

There have been some real ding-dong battles between the two Suwon teams, most notably in October 2016 when Suwon FC emerged as 5-4 winners at Big Bird. At Suwon Civic Stadium a few weeks later the Bluewings came out on top in a five-goal thriller.

Overall, there have been 12 previous Suwon Derby matches with Suwon FC winning six, Suwon Bluewings five, and just one draw. Suwon FC have also outscored their crosstown rivals with 22 to 17. 

What to Watch

Yoon Bit-garam vs. Kim Bo-kyung

The two Suwon clubs have experienced midfield maestros dictating the tempo for them. Both are new recruits, too, with Yoon Bit-garam joining Suwon FC from Jeju United and Kim Bo-kyung swapping Jeonju Castle for Big Bird. Yoon has played every minute for Suwon FC so far and has shown passing accuracy of 81.3% and has made three key passes. he's made four key passes including three against Pohang Steelers last time out. 

Kim Bo-kyung has made four key passes this term, joint fifth in K League 1, and has 20 passes to the final third, the most among his Bluewings teammates. His overall passing accuracy is at 85.3% so far this season and against Jeonbuk last time out, was successful in both of his attempted through passes. Impressively, all four of Kim Bo-kyung's passes into the penalty area have been successful. 

Where to Watch

Fans in countries with K League overseas broadcasting rights can follow the game live on television. More information can be found here.

Alternatively, the match is also available for FREE on TV.KLeague.com with English commentary.