Ulsan Hyundai vs Shanghai SIPG
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 13 March 2019
Kick-off: 11:00 CET
Ulsan Hyundai look like… two different teams. At home, at the start of this season, they score, they play attack-minded football, they win. On the road, they look very reserved, prioritizing not losing. They drew 0-0 at Sydney last week, on their AFC Champions League group stage debut, creating hardly any real-real chances to score, but on the other hand, not really worrying defensively. Next, on Sunday, they drew again, at Gangwon, same thing, without goals. It will be interesting to see how they will approach this game, which may be a home one, but against a very strong opponent. After their draw on Sunday, they are on four points from two matches in the recently-started K League 1.
As predicted here, Shanghai SIPG did win last week, when they hosted Kawasaki Frontale, but truth is, they suffered. They created more and bigger chances than the Japanese, but to open the scoring (and pretty much secure all three points), they had to wait until the 89th minute. Plus, their goal came from the penalty spot, after a Japanese defender rather inadvertently touched the ball with his hand inside his box. Hulk was the most dangerous man wearing a red shirt last week, and the scorer in the 89th minute. On Saturday, they beat Jiangsu Suning 3-2 at home, taking a 3-0 lead two minutes into the second half, but almost committing suicide later in the second half, when they conceded twice in a matter of 4-5 minutes (65’ and 69’).
Previous five matches:
Gangwon vs Ulsan 0-0
Sydney vs Ulsan Hyundai 0-0
Ulsan Hyundai vs Suwon Bluewings 2-1
Ulsan Hyundai vs Perak 5-1
Daegu vs Ulsan Hyundai 3-0
Shanghai SIPG vs Jiangsu Suning 3-2
Shanghai SIPG vs Kawasaki Frontale 1-0
Shanghai Shenhua vs Shanghai SIPG 0-4
Shanghai SIPG vs Beijing Guoan 2-0
Shanghai SIPG vs Dinamo Brest 1-1
Ulsan’s next game is at Daegu, on Sunday (K League 1). Shanghai SIPG are visiting Hebei CFFC in almost three weeks.
Ulsan Hyundai vs Shanghai SIPG: Head to head Stats
Shanghai SIPG first visited Ulsan last year, and beat them 0-1 in the Champions League group stage.
Ulsan Hyundai vs Shanghai SIPG: Prediction
The hosts are considered slight favorites to win, but I like Shanghai SIPG’s chances of leaving Korea undefeated.
Ulsan Hyundai vs Shanghai SIPG: Betting Tips
The visitors’ win in “draw no bet” pays 2.00 (with their double chance at just 1.53).