The 13th match after the last victory. Could it produce unexpected results?
Incheon United will play the 9th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ against Ulsan Hyundai at 7:30 pm on the 25th at the Incheon Soccer Stadium. Incheon is 9th with 2 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses (9 points), and Ulsan is 1st with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (19 points).
The home team Incheon recorded a draw in the previous game against Suwon FC. In the 19th minute of the first half, Cheon Seong-hoon took the lead, but in the 12th minute of the second half, Lars scored the equalizer. Then, in the 15th minute of the second half, Chun Seong-hoon shook the net again and took the lead, but in the 41st minute of the second half, Bitgaram Yoon opened the goal and finished with a 2-2 draw.
The away team Ulsan made a theatrical draw in the ‘East Coast Derby’ against Pohang Steelers. In the 13th minute of the first half and the 9th minute of the second half, Go Yeongjun conceded consecutive goals and was drawn 0-2. Afterwards, Joo Min-kyu scored in the 15th minute and Bako scored in the 44th minute to balance the game.
Even in the same draw, the two teams were divided in joy and sorrow.
As for the total record between Incheon and Ulsan, Ulsan has the advantage with 27 wins, 17 draws and 13 losses in 57 matches. In addition, in the last 12 matches, Ulsan has not lost for 4 years and 7 months with 7 wins and 5 draws. The last time Incheon hit the pitch was in September 2018, when they won 3-2 at home. 안전놀이터
However, last season’s Incheon did not collapse easily. He met Ulsan 4 times and recorded 3 draws and 1 loss, quickly emerging as a tricky opponent. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo expressed his regret, saying, “Anyway, in order to get a good result, we have to get points evenly, but we couldn’t do that in Incheon.”
The variable is ‘rotation’ due to weekday games. It was the first midweek game after the opening, and both teams only took a short break of two days. It is highly likely to be composed of other players instead of players who digested a lot of time in the last game. Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan also predicted a change after the match with Suwon FC, saying, “We need to prepare well for the players who go to the best eleven. I think we need to prepare the league schedule to produce results without injury through rotation.”
Incheon will jump to the middle ranks, and Ulsan will fight intensely to maintain the lead. If Incheon wins Ulsan, they will get 3 points in 1,697 days.