Sydney vs Ulsan Hyundai
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 6 March 2019
Kick-off: 10:00 CET
Sydney are the 2017-2018 A-League “premiers”, at they call them in Australia, meaning that they finished first in regular season. Actually they were by far the best team, as they left second-placed Newcastle Jets 14 whole points behind them. The A-League season has a few more games after the end of the regular one, and there, Sydney lost 2-3 in extra-time to Melbourne Victory, in the semis. No one could take away from them though the direct ticket to the AFC Champions League group stage. This is their fifth appearance in the competition. Last year they finished the group stage on six points (one win, three draws, two defeats), not good enough to qualify for the last 16. On Friday they beat Adelaide United 2-0 at home. They are second in their championship table, on 42 points, six behind leaders Perth Glory.
Unlike Sydney, Ulsan Hyundai had to go through playoffs to reach the AFC Champions League group stage. Two weeks ago they hosted Perak, from Malaysia, had problems in the first half, but ended up winning comfortably, 5-1. Mix Diskerud scored two of their goals in that match. You’re familiar with the 28-year-old central midfielder if you’re an MLS fan. On Friday they beat Suwon Bluewings 2-1 at home, on their K-League debut. They finished third last season in Korea’s championship. This is their seventh appearance in the AFC Champions League. Last season they got eliminated in the round of 16 by the team they beat on Friday, Suwon Bluewings.
Previous five matches:
Sydney vs Adelaide United 2-0
Wellington Phoenix vs Sydney 0-1
Sydney vs Central Coast Mariners 1-1
Brisbane Roar vs Sydney 2-1
Sydney vs Melbourne City 2-0
Ulsan Hyundai vs Suwon Bluewings 2-1
Ulsan Hyundai vs Perak 5-1
Daegu vs Ulsan Hyundai 3-0
Ulsan Hyundai vs Daegu 1-2
Pohang Steelers vs Ulsan Hyundai 1-3
Sydney’s next game is at Kawasaki Frontale, next Wednesday, another AFC CL group stage match. Ulsan are visiting Gangwon on Sunday (Korea championship).
Sydney vs Ulsan Hyundai: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Sydney vs Ulsan Hyundai: Prediction
Sydney are given a super slight advantage to beat Ulsan. Personally, I would avoid betting on winners and losers in this game.
Sydney vs Ulsan Hyundai: Betting Tips
“Both teams to score”, at 1.75, is a bet I like in this game. Combined with “over 2.5 goals” it pays 2.25.