Sixth Division Maidstone face the winner of Sheffield-Coventry
Strikers Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) and Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion),
representing Korea and Japan, will play a ‘Korea-Japan match’ in the round of 16 of the 2023-2024 England Football Association (FA) Cup. 바카라사이트
As a result of the FA Cup round of 16 draw held on the 29th (Korean time),
Wolverhampton will face Brighton at home between February 27th and 29th (local time).
Brighton is ranked 7th in the English Premier League (EPL) this season, and Wolverhampton is ranked 11th.
Wolverhampton lost 1-4 in the first match against Brighton in the second round of the 2023-2024 EPL on August 21 last year,
drew 0-0 in the 21st round, the second match of the season, on the 23rd.
As the two teams faced each other in the FA Cup round of 16, the pride battle between Hwang Hee-chan and Mitoma as ‘Korean-Japanese strikers’ naturally emerged as a topic of interest for fans.
Hwang Hee-chan and Mitoma are competing as representatives of both countries in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, and if Korea and Japan advance to the finals, the two may face each other in Qatar and England.
In terms of individual performance this season, Hwang Hee-chan surpasses Mitoma.
Hwang Hee-chan succeeded in ‘double-digit scoring’ with 11 goals and 3 assists in the season,
including 10 goals and 3 assists in the EPL and 1 goal in the League Cup.
On the other hand, Mitoma has 3 goals and 5 assists in the season, including 3 goals and 4 assists in the EPL and 1 assist in the Europa League, and is behind Hwang Hee-chan in attack points.
Meanwhile, Maidstone United, who caused a ‘sixth division sensation’ in the FA Cup this season,
will compete in the round of 16 against the winner of the round of 32 rematch between Sheffield Wednesday (second division) and Coventry City (second division) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Maidstone, founded in 1992, finished last season in the 5th division and was relegated to the 6th division this season.
Maidstone, who started in the first round of the FA Cup, won one victory after another,
advanced to the round of 16 by beating Ipswich Town of the Championship (Second Division) 2-1 in the round of 32.
It has been 46 years since Blyth Spartans in the 1977-1978 season that a 6th division team reached the round of 16 of the FA Cup.
In particular, Maidstone’s midfielder Sam Cone scored three goals and ranked tied for third place in this season’s FA Cup scoring rankings.