Ulsan Hyundai, which is leading the way with the start of the season, has an opportunity to secure an early league championship. However, it is not possible on one’s own and requires help from other teams. It is their fateful rival, Jeonbuk Hyundai.
Ulsan will play a match against Daegu FC in the 35th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 Final A at Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium on the 29th. Fans’ interest is high as this is a game that could confirm Ulsan’s first K-League 1 second consecutive victory.
Ulsan is leading with 67 points, 8 points ahead of second-place Pohang Steelers (59 points). Pohang will play the 35th round away game on the 28th, a day before Ulsan, and if Pohang draws or loses in this game and Ulsan catches Daegu, Ulsan can confirm the championship.
Ironically, Pohang’s opponent is Jeonbuk. Jeonbuk, which has a rivalry with Ulsan in the ‘Hyundai vs. Derby’ and has won the most K-League titles, has struggled since the beginning of this season and is currently in 4th place with 52 points.
Jeonbuk failed to win once and suffered three losses in three matches against Pohang this season. Looking at the opponent’s record alone, Pohang’s natural victory is expected. However, the recent atmosphere is not like that. While Jeonbuk is showing good performance with 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 league games, Pohang has not achieved a single win with 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 4 league games.
From Ulsan’s perspective, confirming the championship early is advantageous for the future schedule. If Ulsan cannot secure the championship this weekend, the next opportunity will come two weeks later, on November 12th. Coincidentally, the team we have to meet at that time is Pohang. In recent years, Ulsan has suffered bitter losses in the ‘East Coast Derby’ against Pohang at every important juncture. In particular, in 2019 and 2020, they lost to Pohang on the verge of winning, giving up a come-from-behind win to Jeonbuk. Ahead of the Pohang match, Ulsan is also scheduled to play an away game against Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia) in the Asian Champions League (ACL) group stage during the week.
First of all, Ulsan is fully prepared for the Daegu match. In the 3rd home match of the ACL group stage against Johor held on the 24th, the team achieved victory while giving rest to all key players such as Joo Min-gyu, Lee Chung-yong, Kim Young-kwon, Martin Adam, and Bako. Not only did it fill the stamina of the key players, but it also brought victory and raised the mood. We are fully prepared to go ‘all in’ against Daegu. Ulsan fans are hoping that Jeonbuk, which is playing its home game, will at least not lose to Pohang, and at the same time, they are excitedly envisioning a ‘best case scenario’ in which Ulsan defeats Daegu.짱구카지노 주소
However, even if Ulsan confirms early victory on the 29th, the awards ceremony will not be held that day. This was finally decided after discussions with the Korea Professional Football League, as Ulsan, which is playing the final 38th round match at home, expressed its desire to hold an award ceremony in front of home fans immediately after the end of the 38th round. Coincidentally, Ulsan’s opponent in the 38th round is also Jeonbuk.