There is a great deal of value on offer for bettors as the K League serves up some exciting clashes at the weekend.
Ulsan Hyundai vs. Incheon United
Saturday, July 4, at Ulsan Mansu Football Stadium
Ulsan will be keen to return to winning ways when they host bottom club Incheon United at Ulsan Mansu Football Stadium on Saturday. Kim Do-hoon’s men suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to title rivals Jeonbuk last time out, but there were mitigating factors. They had key defender Kim Li-Hee sent off in the 27th minute and had to play most of the game with just 10 men.
Jeonbuk eventually wore them down, but they only made their victory safe when Japanese midfielder Takahiro Kunimoto scored their second goal deep into injury time. That was Ulsan’s first defeat of the season, and it left them four points behind Jeonbuk, but they should be able to bounce back pretty quickly. Newly promoted Incheon United have only managed to take two points so far this season, they are the only K League team without a win to their name, and they have lost their last seven matches on the bounce.
Their 1-0 defeat to Seoul last time out was particularly damaging, as Seoul were also in poor form. Incheon have the league’s worst attacking record, so they are unlikely to trouble Ulsan’s solid defense. Ulsan still boast the best offensive record in the division, and their excellent forwards should lead them to victory. The odds at Intertops for Ulsan to win and over 1.5 goals look good. You could also consider draw half-time, Ulsan full-time, while hedging your soccer bets with a smaller stake on Ulsan half-time / full-time.
Sangju Sangmu vs. Jeonbuk Motors
Sunday, July 5, at Sangju Stadium
Sangju Sangmu are up to third in the K League table after embarking on a run of three consecutive 1-0 victories. They have seemingly abandoned the gung-ho tactics they adopted in the early weeks of the season, and they are currently playing a much more cautious brand of football. That has led them to keep three consecutive sheets, and they have shown maturity in closing out victories.
Sangju Sangmu’s roster changes significantly and an annual basis, as they take on Korean players completing military service. One of their star players this year is Moon Seon-Min, who was K League MVP runner-up when he led Jeonbuk to the title last season. He will be keen to put in a strong performance when he faces his parent club on Sunday.
However, Jeonbuk should be able to edge this one. They have a more settled side, and they are on a roll right now. That win against Ulsan was their fifth consecutive victory, and they sit top of the table after winning eight out of nine games so far. They have the best defensive record in the K League, and they are dangerous going forwards too. The odds at BetOnline for a straight Jeonbuk win looks appealing, but go for Jeonbuk to win and under 4.5 goals for more value.
Seongnam vs. Pohang Steelers
Sunday, July 5, at Tancheon Sports Complex
Pohang will bid to extend their winning streak to three matches when they head to Seongnam on Sunday. They have a great away record this season, with three wins and a draw from four road trips. All of their defeats have actually come at home, so they seem to enjoy going on the road and playing in empty stadiums. Seongnam are lumbered with a dreadful home record. They have drawn one and lost three of their four matches at Tancheon Sports Complex so far this season. Seongnam have only found the back of the net once at home, and conceded five times, which does not bode well for the visit of an offensive minded side like Pohgang. There is a clear gulf in quality between these sides, as Pohang are already seven points clear of Seongnam in the table. Pohang have won their last two games against Seongnam, and they have prevailed in five of the last six meetings between the clubs, so they should be able to get the job done on Sunday.