Pohang Steelers hosts Seoul in round 3 of South Korean K League 1. The match will be played on Friday, May 22nd at Pohang Steel Yard (Pohang)
Pohang started the championship quite confidently. After two rounds played, it has four points scored. And the team scored goals in both of them. The Steelers upset Daegu once away but scored Busan twice at home. In general, Pohang rarely leaves the home field without a goal. For example, it didn’t manage to score in only two of 17 home rounds of the last championship. Oddly enough, Seoul was in this duet. But it is unlikely that this outcome will be repeated in the upcoming match. I’ll say why below.
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Seoul did not manage to truly join the championship race in the last championship. Yes, it finished third but lagged behind the champion by 23 points. And this championship started with a defeat to Gangwon. By the way, a bronze medalist conceded three goals in that game. After that, Seoul gained a modest victory at home (1-0), but it was gained over a modest newcomer to the league, Gwangju.
Judging by the first two rounds, Seoul didn’t approach this championship in the best shape. It may lose points even in a home game against a newcomer. And the fact that it kept a clean sheet is not its merit but the shyness of Gwangju, which frankly tried to keep a goalless draw. The visitors delivered only one shot on target for the entire match. This will not happen in Pohang. As I noted above, this team scores almost everyone on its pitch. And the fact that Seoul kept a clean sheet there last season (in the 13th round) is an exception to the rule. Pohang confirmed this already in the 30th round, having scored goals and won that game in Seoul. Moreover, Seoul kept a clean sheet in only five of 20 last visits to the Steel Yard Stadium. In 10 cases, it conceded more than one goal. The visitors will surely concede in the upcoming match, and most likely not once. Daegu scored Seoul three times in the starting round, so why Pohang cannot score a couple of goals? Besides, the hosts know how to do this. In the last nine home games, Pohang did not score only one time. And five matches ended with more than one goal scored by the hosts.
Prediction for the match: Pohang to score over 1.0 goal