The first East Coast derby of the season between Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers, which boasts the best history of the K-League, will be held.
The two teams will face off on the 22nd at 4:30메이저놀이터 pm at Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium in the 8th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’.
As of this season, the first place Ulsan and the second place Pohang are facing each other. The confrontation between the two teams, which are doing well at the beginning of the season, is considered the biggest match in the 8th round of the K-League 1.
The difference between Ulsan (18 points) and Pohang (15 points) is only 3 points. Attention is focusing on whether Ulsan will run away with a gap in points or whether Pohang will tie the game and ignite the competition for the lead.
The home team, Ulsan, won 6 straight wins after the opening, but lost 1-2 in the match against Daejeon in the 7th round, recording their first loss of the season. However, they are still in the lead and are cruising toward their second consecutive league title.
Pohang is the only undefeated team in the all-time league, threatening Ulsan’s leading position. Jeonbuk, who was regarded as the ‘defending champion’ Ulsan’s strong championship rival this season, showed a sluggish performance at the beginning of the season, while Pohang, which plays the East Coast Derby, emerged as a strong opponent.
Both Ulsan, which is trying to avoid a losing streak, and Pohang, which is trying to continue their undefeated march, are expected to do their best to participate in the season’s first East Coast Derby.
In particular, Pohang is a tough opponent for Ulsan.
In the record of the two teams’ opponents, Pohang is slightly ahead with 64 wins, 52 draws and 58 losses, and Pohang has the upper hand with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in their four head-to-head matches last season.
Ulsan has a painful memory of losing 1-4 at home to Pohang in the final game of the 2019 season and giving Jeonbuk a come-from-behind championship. Also, Pohang prevented Ulsan from celebrating victory at their home at the end of last season.
From the perspective of Ulsan, Pohang is an opponent to be concerned about, but in the recent head-to-head, they are ahead with 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Attention is focused on whether to win at home against Pohang and start the winning streak mode again.
On the other hand, as Ulsan and Pohang are currently recording the lowest points conceded (6 goals) in the K-League 1, the solid defense lines of both teams are also expected to be a point of observation in this confrontation.