Ulsan leads the Korean League table with 6 points, while Suwon, Busan, and Gwangju are yet to register points after two rounds of 2020 Korean League season. The Round 3 kicks off with Pohang hosting Seoul. Here’s the Friday football Korean League Round 3 opening match preview:
Unbeaten Pohang vs Inconsistent Seoul
Pohang started their campaign with a 2-0 win over Busan, while they were held to a 1-1 draw by Daegu in the Round 2 fixture.
The last season’s third-placed Seoul has made an indifferent start to the new season. They lost the opening match 3-1 despite taking the lead, while Seoul beat newly-promoted Gwangju 1-0 in Round 2.
Head-to-Head (2019 Korean League)
23.11.2019: Seoul 0-3 Pohang
21.09.2019: Pohang 2-1 Seoul
25.05.2019: Pohang 0-0 Seoul
03.03.2019: Seoul 2-0 Pohang
The Key Players
Aleksandar Palocevic (MID): The Serbian has scored in both games for Pohang. He has also contributed to attacking play winning four free-kicks and producing two attacking crosses against Daegu.
Sim Sang-Min (DEF): Sang-Min has made an excellent start to the season. The left-back made three tackles, three clearances, and had a passing accuracy of 92.19% against Daegu.
Chang-rae Ha (DEF): The centre-back had a 94.12% passing accuracy against Daegu and made five successful tackles and four clearances.
Brandon O’Neill (MID): O’Neill produced a gritty performance on his K-League debut. He won two tackles, made three successful blocks and clearances.
Kim Nam-Chun (DEF): Nam-Chun didn’t put a foot wrong in Seoul’s first victory of the season. He won three tackles, made three clearances, and had a passing accuracy of 90%.
Kim Joo-Sung (DEF): Joo-Sing, too, was solid at the back. He made the joint-most clearances, 4, and the highest number of interceptions – 2 in the Seoul-Gwangju match.
Osmar (MID): Osmar, who was impressive in the opening match, produced few dangerous crosses in the Round 2 fixture. He did his defensive duties to perfection as he made four clearances and won two successful tackles.