Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai will clash in the 27th round of the “Hana One Q K League 1 2023” to be held at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan on the 19th. The showdown between the two teams is the most notable rival match in the K-League recently. As can be seen from 40 wins, 29 draws and 41 losses against the K League, they always fought hard. 스포츠토토
Two years ago, Jeonbuk overwhelmed Ulsan. Ulsan was in a position to chase Jeonbuk, which has been at the top of the league nine times since 2009. In the meantime, Ulsan has solidified its image as a “manager runner-up.” However, since head coach Hong Myung-bo took the helm of Ulsan in 2021, he has led Jeonbuk with four wins, three draws and three losses. He erased the “Jeonbuk Trauma” and won his third career trophy last year.
Ulsan is also far ahead in the championship competition this season. Until the 25th round, it is leading with 18 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses and 57 points. Jeonbuk is in third place, but it is difficult to win a come-from-behind victory in reality because the gap is too wide with 12 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses and 41 points.
Still, their opponents are on an equal. In the two previous meetings this season, they smiled broadly at each other in their home turf. However, it is the first meeting since Jeonbuk coach Dan Petrescu (Romania) took office, so I am more curious about what the distinction between home and away will result.
Coincidentally, there was a big variable between the two teams ahead of the third match this season. Veteran central defenders were missing side by side. Ulsan’s Kim Young-kwon received a yellow card in an away match against Gangwon FC in the 25th round and cannot compete in a rival match due to accumulated warnings. Jeonbuk’s Hong Jung-ho was also sent off for accumulated warnings in the home game against Suwon Samsung in the 25th round. Both teams have alternative resources, but even small variables can have unexpected results in big matches.
The latest trend should also be watched. In particular, Ulsan is sluggish. It is one win, one draw, and three losses in the last five games. The great momentum that once looked at the “100 points” of the dream has fallen sharply. Even head coach Hong admits that “the atmosphere has fallen the most since taking office.” Jeonbuk, on the other hand, has two wins, two draws and one loss during the same period. I am already curious about the results of the 111th “Hyundai Family Derby” in the K League.