It is undoubtedly the game of the week in South Korea as the champion of the last three seasons takes on a Daegu side that is looking better and better as the year goes on.
With Ulsan leading the way at the top of the table, these two teams know that they cannot afford to slip up against anyone, and that makes this fixture a must-watch for anyone interested in South Korean soccer.
Keep reading for my Daegu vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors prediction and betting pick.
Daegu vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Odds
Daegu to Win+273
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to Win-107
It is said that it is a sign of a true champion that it wins games even when it is not playing well. If that is the case, then Jeonbuk should be lifting more silverware at the end of the season. But Daegu has looked formidable after a patchy start to the campaign, and I would be more interested in the home win or draw bets here.
Daegu impressed a lot of people last season, and there was a real interest in how the Sky Blues would push on this year. So when the opening weeks of the new campaign failed to bring any victories at all, there was some dismay that 2019 had been something of a one-off. But Daegu has now started to look like one of the better teams in K League 1 and is the main threat to Ulsan and Jeonbuk at the top.
Since Ulsan beat Daegu in the middle of July, there have been three wins in the league without conceding a goal. The most recent victory was a narrow victory away from home against Suwon, with the goal coming right at the end of the contest. That result has now set this fixture up perfectly.
Jeonbuk has also gotten over its minor blip in July where it drew with Incheon United and Seongnam and lost to Sangju Sangmu. There was a good win last weekend against a rejuvenated Pohang Steelers side, and that came after the thrashing of Busan IPark in the cup.
There have been some questions over some of the performances from Jeonbuk this season, as it looks to win a record fourth consecutive league title. But if the results are still mostly positive, then manager Jose Morais will believe that he is doing something right. This game against Daegu at the Forest Arena could tell us a lot about how the rest of the season is to go.
Daegu vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Prediction and Pick
Daegu to Win
This looks as if it will be a fascinating encounter between two teams that are probably more desperate not to lose touch with Ulsan at the top than they are with the game itself. Although Jeonbuk always seems to do enough to collect points even when it has not played well, I feel that this will be the week when Daegu really announces itself as a major player in this season’s K League 1 title race.