Pohang Steelers vs. Busan IPark Betting Preview With Pick – K-League 1, May 10

By Dan Roberts in Soccer
| May 8, 2020 2:27 am PDT
Pohang Steelers vs. Busan IPark K-League 1

Pohang Steelers begin its K-League 1 title challenge this year against Busan IPark, who has returned to the top flight after finishing second to Gwangju in the second tier last season.

Pohang looked very good towards the end of the 2019 campaign and will be hoping that kind of form will carry on to give it a really good chance of picking up its first title since 2013. Read on for my Pohang Steelers vs. Busan IPark prediction and betting pick.

Pohang Steelers vs. Busan IPark Odds

Pohang Steelers to Win+110
The Draw+235
Busan IPark to Win+268

Although the BetOnline sportsbook has Pohang Steelers as the favorite to win here, I am surprised at the closeness of the odds and the chance that it gives Busan IPark of coming away with the victory. The Steelers looked impressive last year after the arrival of Kim Ki-dong as manager, and I think it could be an outside bet for the league title in 2020.

Pohang Steelers vs. Busan IPark Match Preview

Pohang Steelers went from 8th in the table two-thirds of the way through last season to end up qualifying for in the top six and finally ending up in fourth, just four goals away from an AFC Champions League spot. A lot of that was down to the change of manager, and if that kind of form can continue, then the Steelers might be able to compete this year.

Top scorer Wanderson has left the club, so it remains to be seen whether his replacement, Manuel Palacios, can fill those boots. But Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Palocevic has stayed after joining in the summer, and he could be a real threat this season.

Busan will need to watch both those players but will have a revamped defensive unit to do so. A lot of experience has been brought in, in an attempt to survive the season in the top flight. The main attacking players in the squad, such as Brazilian Romulo, are still about, but they may find K-League 1 defenses much harder to break down.

Although manager Cho Duk-je will hope that his team gets off to the best possible start to the season, he will know that it is not these kinds of games that will determine whether Busan stay up this year. The fixtures against the teams at the bottom of the table will be more crucial to any hopes of survival.

Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Pohang Steelers to Win
    +110

Getting this kind of price for a Pohang home win on the opening day of the new season looks too good to pass up, in my opinion. The Steelers should have far too much talent for Busan, no matter how spirited a performance the promoted side put on. There are a number of new arrivals for both sides, so it might take a little while to settle down, but this one looks like being a home win all the way.

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