Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 21 May 2019
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
Shanghai SIPG have not secured yet a place in the last 16 of the competition, but they are favorites to do so this week, for four reasons; first, they are already second, one point ahead of third-placed Kawasaki Frontale, and three from bottom-of-the-table Sydney. Second, they are playing at home, unlike Frontale, who are traveling to Australia. Third, they are hosting a team that has already qualified, and has also secured the top spot in the table, whatever that means about how… pumped we should expect to see Ulsan in this game. Last, even if they somehow lose(!), they will still finish second, as long as the other group match ends in a draw, or a Sydney win. SIPG have the advantage over both teams in case of a draw. They depend on themselves first and foremost, that’s the most important of all.
As previously mentioned, Ulsan have already secured the top spot in the group table, which, looking at how they have been doing in Korea’s championship as well, is anything but an… accident. They are leading in the K League 1, two points ahead of second-placed Jeonbuk Motors, the team that have won four of the last five titles in Korea. Actually, they beat them something over a week ago, “shouting” that they are real title contenders this year, boosted by a very competitive roster. It’s worth mentioning that in their AFC CL group, they have won all three home games, but “just” drawn away from home, twice, 0-0 in Sydney and 2-2 at Kawasaki Frontale.
Previous five matches:
Henan Jianye vs Shanghai SIPG 0-1
Shanghai SIPG vs Shandong Luneng 2-1
Kawasaki Frontale vs Shanghai SIPG 2-2
Shanghai SIPG vs Guangzhou R&F 2-0
Wuhan Zall vs Shanghai SIPG 1-3
Suwon Bluewings vs Ulsan Hyundai 1-3
Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeonbuk Motors 2-1
Ulsan Hyundai vs Sydney 1-0
Pohang Steelers vs Ulsan Hyundai 2-1
Ulsan Hyundai vs Gyeongnam 2-0
SIPG are hosting Beijing Guoan on Sunday (Chinese Super League). Ulsan will have visited Seongnam a day earlier (K League 1).
Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai: Head to head Stats
SIPG have hosted Ulsan just once before, it was last year, a 2-2.
Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai: Prediction
I can’t imagine Shanghai SIPG shooting their own foot in this game.
Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai: Betting Tips
SIPG’s win is at 1.57, which goes up to 2.20 if combined with “over 2.5 goals”.