With just four games left of the season, Jeju United will travel to Ulsan Hyundai on Sunday hoping for a win to increase their chances of bringing a first league title to the island. However, Ulsan will be fully motivated to get a win that would put them on equal points with Jeju.
Kickoff: Sunday, Oct. 22 3 p.m.
How are Jeju playing at the moment?
Compared to their recent standards, Jeju have been slightly off recently and went for three games without a win (two draws, one loss). While seemingly not that bad as the loss was only their first in thirteen games, the run of results did mean they didn't take their chance to go top of the league.
However, they won their last game against Gangwon which, put in a wider context, means that they have now only lost one game in the last fourteen.
Ulsan are in their own mini blip in form. Much like Jeju, they went on a very good run where they only lost one game before drawing two and losing one of their last three. However, they are currently third in the league and only three points behind Jeju. A win for them on Sunday would put them up on level points.
How were their last games?
The last game was the first game after the league split into a top and a bottom half. Jeju got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win against Gangwon, while Ulsan lost 2-0 to Suwon Bluewings.
Despite their win, Jeju struggled to break down Gangwon and only scored via a slightly controversial penalty kick from striker Magno Cruz. However, they were the better team throughout and they did deserve their win.
Ulsan, on the other hand, lost 2-0 to Suwon Bluewings. Despite trying to fight back after going a goal down in the first half, they couldn't break through and Suwon scored another in the second to put the game out of reach for Ulsan.
How have meetings between the two sides this season finished?
Jeju have played Ulsan three times this season and you only have to go back around a month to see the last time they played each other. On that occasion, Jeju beat Ulsan 2-1 with goals from Jin sung-wook and Magno.
The previous game was won by Ulsan 1-0, while the one before that finished 3-0 to Jeju. What is perhaps most interesting is that each game has been won by the home team. This perhaps doesn't bode well for Jeju this time around.
What can we expect from the game?
Both teams will be desperate for a win this weekend as they look to get a little bit closer to league leaders Jeonbuk and also cement their positions in the champions league spots. Recent results, however, suggest that both teams will be a little nervy and as such it could be quite a close game.
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