Tip Ulsan Hyundai FC - Busan I Park
K-League action this weekend sees league leaders Ulsan Hyundai hosting 11th-placed Busan I'Park. We're only two games into the season but we're already getting an idea of how certain teams will fare in this campaign. Ulsan only missed out on the title last season on goal difference, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors having a plus-eight superior record. If the problem was goals for Ulsan, they look to be addressing it early on. They're out in front of the competition thanks to their goal difference. A 4-0 opening home win over Sangju Sangmu was followed by a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Suwon Bluewings. Brazilian forward Junior Negrao has four goals from the opening matches, receiving the player of the round award for both rounds played thus far. He is the clear and obvious dangerman for Busan to target. His pedigree in the K-League is no secret and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him score again.
Promoted from the second tier, Busan are finding life in the top flight difficult to adjust to. Two defeats from their opening two games show that staying in the league will be an achievement in itself. They, and their fellow strugglers, have had their cause assisted by military side Sangju Sangmu. Sangju will be relegated regardless of their league position this season as their franchise is changing cities. That means that there will be only one relegation spot for the rest of the teams to avoid. Busan won't expect to pick up their first points of the campaign away to title challengers though. Back a home win.
Key points Ulsan Hyundai FC - Busan I Park
Ulsan forward Junior Negrao scored four goals in the opening two K-League fixtures.
Ulsan are top of the table after winning their opening two games.
Busan are 10th in the table after losing their opening two games.
Conclusion Ulsan Hyundai FC - Busan I Park
With the goalscoring form of Junior Negrao, it's hard to see how Busan will escape the force of his abilities. Ulsan look determined to right the wrongs of last season and we see them building up big wins when they get the opportunity. Goal difference is likely to be an important factor come the season's end. Back the home team to win both halves.
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Ulsan Hyundai FC Busan I Park Prediction published on May 21, 2020