Can Ulsan claim the title?


There are just four matches to go in the shortened K League season with it all to play for. As Kim Do-Hoon's Ulsan side still top the table but José Morais's Jeonbuk side are going to fight them till the end as the side in green look for their fourth title in a row. 


A title race to the end 

Last season we saw Ulsan and Jeonbuk fight it out for the title till the very end of the season and it is very much a feeling of déjà vu when you look at the table again. As last season the title went to the final day with Ulsan losing to their rivals Pohang Steelers 4-1 to hand the league to Jeonbuk.

To make matters worse in this match Kim Seung-Gyu the Ulsan keeper was at fault for one of the goals in what was one of the worse mistakes I have seen on a football pitch. It was seen as the keeper went to throw the ball out to a teammate but simply found a Pohang forward who could then put the ball into the empty net. 

It was the mistake, in the end, that signalled the end to the Ulsan title challenge in 2019 but as the 2020 season comes to a close they look like they could atone for the errors of last year and win their first K League title since 2005 and only their third ever. 

It is hard to know though if they have made up for the errors of last year and to know for sure if things are different this time around. As to be honest they look like they might be falling into the same traps again. 

This is seen as they have won two out of their last six league matches and they will need to win their last four games in my opinion to lift the title. A worrying element to that too is they have lost both their matches with Jeonbuk too and they will have to beat them to win this title. 

Although with a player like Junior Negao up top they always look like they can score goals. The Brazilian has in fact scored 25 goals this season in 23 matches. At the other end the former Korean World Cup goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-Woo will have to be at his best to help his side lift the title too. 

If they are to win this title it will be a great achievement too after losing two of their best players at the start of the season. It was first seen with the MVP in the 2019 K League Kim Bo-Kyung moving from Ulsan to Jeonbuk. Then fellow midfielder Mikkel Diskerud loan period with the club ended and he returned to Manchester City. 

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