Among the many records in the K-League, the record for the most consecutive wins in the opening season is shared by the two teams. The last record came out 20 years ago. Jeonbuk Hyundai, which dominated the 2010s, and FC Seoul, the only K-League winning team other than Jeonbuk in the 2010s, could not approach this record, Ulsan Hyundai challenged. There is even a pleasant history where the most consecutive wins at the start of the season lead to championships.
Ulsan will play the 7th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 against Daejeon Hana Citizen at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 16th. Ulsan, which has not lost a single game in its opening 6 games and runs at the top, will challenge Daejeon for a 7-game winning streak. 안전놀이터
The opening seven consecutive wins came only twice in the 40-year history of the K-League. Suwon Samsung in 1998 and Seongnam Ilhwa in 2003 (now Seongnam FC) are the main characters. The two teams that went out from the beginning won the K-League championship that year. Coincidentally, the runner-up team in 1998 and 2003 was Ulsan.
Last season, Hyundai narrowly beat rival Jeonbuk and succeeded in winning the league for the first time in 17 years. Starting with a 2-1 win over Jeonbuk in the opening game, Gangwon FC (1-0 win), FC Seoul (2-1 win), Suwon FC (3-0 win), Jeju United (3-1 win), Suwon Samsung We won all of them until (2-1 win). In the process of winning streak, he scored 13 goals, an average of more than 2 goals per game, and conceded only 4 goals. The balance between offense and defense is excellent, such as 2nd in scoring and 1st in least allowed.
This time, we will meet Daejeon after 8 years. Daejeon, which stayed in K-League 2 for a long time and was promoted to K-League 1 this season, ran undefeated with 3 wins and 2 draws until the 5th round.
This confrontation can be summarized as a spear versus spear confrontation. Ulsan is leading the attacking line with Ju Min-gyu (3 goals) and Eom Won-sang (2 goals) centered on Rubikson (4 goals). Lee Chung-yong, Jung Seung-hyeon, Kang Yun-gu, and Seol Young-woo also scored one goal each, and the scoring route is the most diverse among the 12 clubs. However, Daejeon is also confident in its offensive power, scoring 1 goal more than Ulsan with 14 goals (including 1 own goal) in 6 games. Thiago is tied for first place in scoring with Rubikson and Asani (Gwangju) with 4 goals, and Lee Jin-hyun (4 assists) and Leandro (3 assists) are creating countless chances as ‘special helpers’.
There is another reason why this game is important for Ulsan. Ulsan had an 11-point difference with Jeonbuk at the point of playing 6 games last season, but as Jeonbuk started to rise rapidly after that, the gap began to decrease rapidly, and eventually, it was barely until the end of the season that they were able to secure the championship. At the point of playing 6 games this year, there is a gap of exactly 11 points with Jeonbuk, but considering the experience of last season, Jeonbuk is trying to widen the gap from the beginning to the extent that Jeonbuk cannot even dare to catch up. Moreover, after the Daejeon match, the ‘East Coast Derby’ against Pohang Steelers awaits. Ulsan is aiming for a 7-game winning streak that guaranteed league championships.
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