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Preview: Ulsan Hyundai look to continue unbeaten start against Jeju United

Two unbeaten sides go head-to-head tomorrow night when table-toppers Ulsan Hyundai welcome seventh-placed Jeju United to Munsu Stadium. 

Hong Myung-bo's Tigers have been in free-scoring form at home, notching up eight goals in two games so far. However, the visitors' stubborn defence should provide Ulsan with their toughest test yet; the Islanders have conceded only twice in their first four matches back in Korea's top flight. 

Recent Form
Ulsan come into this match on the back of a hard-fought 1-1 draw in last Saturday's East Coast Derby. The Horangi took the lead thanks to young winger Kim Min-jun, who now has two goals in as many starts, but Pohang fought back to take a point, another U22 player Song Min-kyu heading in the equaliser from a corner.

Meanwhile, Jeju were perhaps a little lucky to escape with a point from their weekend trip to Daegu. The match finished one apiece despite the Sky Blues hitting the woodwork no fewer than three times in the second half.

Jeju's ever-present defender Kim Oh-kyu battles will Daegu's Jeong Chi-in 

Team News
With games coming thick and fast at the moment, both Hong Myung-bo and Nam Ki-il will likely rotate their starting lineup tomorrow night.

Kang Yoon-gu, Ulsan's 18-year-old midfield starlet, looks set to return alongside Won Du-jae and Yoon Bit-garam, while Lee Dong-gyeong could be recalled to the right wing in place of Lee Chung-yong.

Elsewhere, Hong Chul could be rested having only recently returned from injury with Seol Young-woo slotting in at left back.

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Turning to Jeju, they may be sturdy at the back, but Nam Ki-il is still looking for the right attacking combination as his side struggles to find goal-scoring momentum. 

Former Ulsan striker Joo Min-kyu is yet to register this campaign, but he is in line to take a starting berth having watched Jeju's last game from the subs bench. He will be alongside the reigning K League 2 Young Player of the Year, Lee Dong-ryul. 

Another ex-Horangi could start in nets for the Islanders; Oh Seung-hoon spent two years on the east coast before moving to Jeju shortly after Kim Seung-gyu's ill-fated return to Ulsan in 2019.
  
Who to Watch
With winter signings Lukas Hinterseer and Kim Ji-hyun both out injured, Ulsan have been relying on the pace of Lee Dong-jun to spearhead their attack, and the 24-year-old winger has certainly made the most of the opportunity. 

Lee Dong-jun grabbed his second of the season from the spot last Tuesday

Lee's acceleration and awareness have been excellent, but his determination to win the ball back in the final third has proven most valuable, leading directly to goals against Pohang and Gangwon and a penatly against Incheon.

The ex-Busan man has two goals and an assist to his name so far this month and it would be no surprise if he adds to that tally tomorrow night.

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What to Watch
Followers of Major League Soccer may see some familiar faces on Tuesday night. Ulsan's Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili and Jeju's Gerso Fernandes look set to renew their Western Conference rivalry having both made the move to Korea in the off-season.

Georgian international attacker Vako spent four years with San Jose Earthquakes, scoring 27 goals in 96 appearances, while the Guinea-Bissauan Gerso scored 19 in 114 games at Sporting Kansas City. 

Gerso Fernandes joined Jeju last month after four seasons in Kansas


Both players were known Stateside for their dribbling ability and penchant for the spectacular, so fans of Ulsan and Jeju can look forward to seeing some of that pomp in the K League this season.

Match Prediction
Ulsan have made a near perfect start to the season, and but for a lapse of concentration at the Steelyard last weekend, they could have taken the maximum twelve points from their first four games. Like Ulsan, Jeju are unbeaten, but the Daegu Stadium woodwork can take a share of the credit for that.

Jeju have a very good record at Munsu, winning three of the last five games in Ulsan, each time by a goal to nil. However, it would take a humongous effort to stop this Horangi side from scoring tomorrow night. A relatively comfortable home win looks the safest bet.

Prediction: Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 Jeju United  

Match Details:

Ulsan Hyundai vs Jeju United (Hana Bank K League 1, Round 5).

Venue: Munsu Football Stadium, Ulsan

Kick off: Tuesday, March 16th 2021, 19:30 KST

Where to Watch

Fans in the 34 countries with overseas broadcasting rights will be able to follow the match live on television. Alternatively, there is the K League's online OTT platform, K League TV, where matches are streamed live for free, along with highlights and post-match interviews.

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