Ulsan Hyundai hosts Urawa Red Diamonds in the second leg of Asian AFC Champions League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, June 26th at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium (Ulsan)
Ulsan, despite the overall advantage of Urawa (the erstwhile hosts possessed the ball 63% of playing time, delivered 18 shots on goal, shot off 7 against 4 corner kicks), managed to win in the first match in Japan (2-1), scoring the winning goal in the 80th minute.
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Urawa is not impressive in the local championship; after 15 rounds, it has 6 wins, as many losses and 10th place in the standings. And as we see in the Asian Champions League, in spite of the great desire to win, the team showed such a result that creates big and reasonable doubts in its advancing to the next round.
Ulsan is a potential leader of the South Korean championship; the team takes 3rd place now, but it is 1 point behind the duo of leaders and has the match in reserve. Ulsan lost only 2 matches in 16 rounds, and 1 – in the home field. As for the group stage of the Champions League, the team won all 3 home games. In general, the home field is no empty boast for Asian teams of both club and national ones, and that home defeat of Urawa was a rare exception rather than a common rule. And this exception certainly will not happen again in Korea, but on the contrary, the hosts will gain a second victory over the Japanese. Urawa needs to score at least 2 goals. The team has nowhere to go, and it will try to take the initiative and to attack the opponent's net as it did in the home game. But one thing at home, and another in Korea. I have mentioned the home fixtures of Ulsan above. The team is now in excellent shape; it gained 7 wins and suffered only 1 loss in the last 9 matches. By the way, that defeat happened in the last away match of the Champions League, where the Koreans no longer needed anything because they had won the group before that. Sooner or later, the Japanese will open completely and concede a pair of goals, which will certainly lead to the victory of the hosts.
Prediction for the match: Ulsan Hyundai to win