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Preview: Daegu FC vs Ulsan Hyundai

After a big humilliation at Jeonju, Ulsan is desperate for a rebound. Horang-i (tiger) will have to dash hard to grab a much-needed victory at the blazing city.
(image via uhfc.tv)

Last Time Out

Ulsan Hyundai needs to recover from the humiliation on Saturday. Away match against Hyundai brother Jeonbuk Hyundai ended in a miserable 0-4 defeat, which could easily have been an even bigger disaster. Mislav Oršić and Lee Jong-ho were both simply powerless against Choi Chul-soon and Kim Min-jae and the Ulsan's defence lost concentration against Jeonbuk's raging attacks.
Daegu FC traveled to Incheon for an important six-pointer away game with their relegation war enemy. Although Incheon played the second half with only ten men after a red card, Daegu only managed to secure a draw in a game that could have been a defeat if not for the brilliant saves from goalie Cho Hyun-woo. Daegu is certainly struggling, snatching only one win in the last ten league matches.
After disappointments in important six-pointers, both sides are desperate for a win on Wednesday's clash to turn the tides.


Previous Meetings

Lee Jong-ho's header earned his side an exciting victory on the Round 9 match against Daegu at Munsu stadium in May. However, throughout the game, Ulsan had difficulties breaking through Daegu's defenders and Daegu managed to present reasonably threatening attacks in the second half. In fact, Ulsan scored mere seven goals and conceded sixteen in nine away matches so far this season. Ulsan's hopeless records away from home this season will certainly be a big concern for legendary-striker-turned-manager Kim Do-hoon.


Team News

Ulsan made an official announcement on Monday that Japanese striker Takuma Abe joined the club. Abe is a 29-year-old striker who has previously played for Tokyo Verdy, VfR Aalen (2. Bundesliga), Ventforet Kofu and FC Tokyo. The versatile forward is unlikely to make his debut against Daegu, but will be a great addition for the squad for the awaiting fixtures. Ulsan has stated on the official website that the club is looking for another striker to lessen the burdens for Lee Jong-ho and Oršić.


Who To Watch

In order for a victory, Ulsan will definitely have to go past Cho Hyun-woo. Daegu fans could have found clubs lower in the table had it not been for their GK's amazing saves. Although Daegu is struggling in the Classic this season, only one player has proven to be top-class - or national team level - and that is Cho Hyun-woo. If the 1.90m goalie repeats his performance from Saturday, Ulsan has very little chance of clinching a victory.



Prediction

A double game week in the extremly hot and humid summer... A midweek game in a city known as Daefrica (Daegu + Africa) for its deadly heat can mean a painful (or even boring) match for both players and viewers. Ulsan's exhausted forwards will definitely find difficulties against Cho Hyun-woo's crazy goalkeeping performance. Ulsan might need another lucky strike from youngsters - Han Seung-gyu, Park Yong-woo and Kim Seung-jun all have the potential to be the hero for the game.
My prediction is, thus, a late goal from one of the younger boys wins Horang-i a difficult victory against the Sky Blues.

Daegu FC 0-1 Ulsan Hyundai

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