After the first midweek action of the season, all 12 K League 1 sides will take to the field over the course of the weekend for their second match of the week. Table topping Ulsan Hyundai will be looking to preserve their unbeaten start to the new campaign when the Horangi take on Sangju Sangmu, whilst Champions Jeonbuk will be determined to put Tuesday's second half collapse away to Gyeongnam behind them when Jose Morais' men take on an Incheon United side who have lost their last three matches. For all that and much more, a comprehensive guide to Round 6 of the 2019 K League 1 season by K League United Associate Editor Paul Neat.
Saturday 6th April
#DAEvSFC: Daegu FC (5th) vs Seongnam FC (9th) 14:00
Daegu got back to winning ways on Wednesday night with a stunning 3-0 away win over Incheon United. A brace from Kim Jinhyeok in the first half before Cesinha sealed the win with a third a minute form time, for the Sky Blues. Seongnam, meanwhile, laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to the league's basement side, Jeju United. The Magpies fell behind on 31 minutes, Tiago finding the net for the first time this term for the Islanders. However, the spoils were shared thanks to Mathias Coureur's 60th minute equaliser.
The Magpies make the trip south to Daegu having won just once this term, the 2-1 comeback victory over Suwon Bluewings in round three. Contrastingly, Daegu have just one defeat in 2019 having picked up four wins from seven in all competitions. Edgar Silva could be in line for a return from injury but with Asian Champions League around the corner, Andre may have to rest his towering centre forward. These two sides have not met in the league since 2013 when three draws and a Daegu win preserved the Sky Blues' unbeaten run against their Gyeonggi Province counterparts.
#SEOvGYE: FC Seoul (2nd) vs Gyeongnam FC (6th) 14:00
FC Seoul suffered the first defeat of the season on Tuesday night thanks to a 2-1 loss to Ulsan Hyundai. Choi Yongsoo's side had previously enjoyed a near-perfect start to the campaign with four cleansheets from three wins and a draw. Up next for FC Seoul is Gyeongnam FC at home, a side who came back from the dead to draw 3-3 with Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in midweek. Despite being three goals down after 52 minutes, goals from Kim Seungjun, Jordon Mutch, and Bae Kijong in the last nine minutes earned the Reds a superb point.
Kim Jongboo's side have endured a somewhat troublesome start to the new season having won just once in their last five outings in all competitions. However, the last two matches has served up some late drama. Prior to Tuesday's incredible fightback against Jeonbuk, Gyeongnam came from behind to win 2-1 against Daegu - Bae Kijong with a brace to turn the game on its head. Head to head, Seoul's record against Gyeongnam does not make for great reading. From the four meetings last term, three in the league and one in the FA Cup, Seoul managed to win just once - a penalty shootout win in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The last time Gyeongnam made the long trip north to the capital, the Reds came out on top with a 2-1 win.
#JHMvINC: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (4th) vs Incheon United (11th) 16:00
Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors let a three goal lead slip away to Gyeongnam on Tuesday night and succumbed to a stunning late fightback. However, up next for the Green Warriors is Incheon United at Jeonju Castle, a side who have three defeats on the spin and sit second bottom of the league. The Durumi began the new season with a win and a draw but have since managed score just once and have shipped eight goals in their last three outings.
To compile the misery further for the Neroazzurre, Stefan Mugoša is ruled out with a neck injury sustained during the defeat to Daegu last time out. Incheon manager Jørn Andersen will also be without Kim Dongmin through suspension. If the last three meetings are anything to go by, Saturday's clash should produce goals. The most recent meeting in October last year ended in a 3-2 Jeonbuk win, despite Incheon taking the lead not once but twice. In July, the two sides played out a 3-3 draw after the Durumi stunned the Champions with a 3-2 victory at Sungui Arena Park that March.
#SANvULS: Sangju Sangmu (3rd) vs Ulsan Hyundai (1st) 16:00
Sangju Sangmu began the season with four wins on the spin but have since picked up just a point from their last two outings. Kim Taehwan's men fell to a 2-0 defeat to FC Seoul in round five before Wednesday's goalless draw with Suwon Bluewings at Big Bird. On Sunday, league leaders Ulsan Hyundai make the relatively short trip from South Gyeongsang Province to North as the league's only unbeaten team. In midweek the Horangi picked up a 2-1 home win over FC Seoul to leapfrog the capital club into top spot.
Sangju will have Kim Youngbin suspended after the on-loan Gwangju defender was shown a straight red card for a high and dangerous tackle on Bluewings winger Yeom Kihun. Ma Sanghoon is expected to deputise. Ulsan have won the last two meetings between the two teams, the most recent being a 4-1 demolition at the Munsu last August. Sangju's last home win over Ulsan dates back to 2016, however - a 2-0 victory in March of that year thanks to goals from Lee Seunggu and Kim Doyoup.
Sunday 7th April
#GANvSSB: Gangwon FC (7th) vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings (10th) 14:00
After back to back wins against Champions Jeonbuk and newly promoted Seongnam, Gangwon fell to their second loss of the campaign on Wednesday night; Kim Byungsoo's men went down to a Song Minkyu strike in a 1-0 defeat to Pohang Steelers. The visitors to Songam Stadium this Sunday is a Suwon Bluewings side unbeaten in their last two matches. Lee Limsaeng's side make the trip to Chuncheon having picked up a first win of the season last weekend, displacing Incheon United in a 3-1 victory, before Wednesday's 0-0 stalemate with Sangju for what was the Bluewings' first cleansheet of the campaign.
However, the last time these two sides met in Chuncheon it was the hosts who took all three points, Jung Jogook with a 92nd minute winner for Gangwon. These two sides have only met 18 times before, 11 of which have been won by Suwon. In Gangwon, the Bluewings have five wins to Gangwon's two.
#POHvJEJ: Pohang Steelers (8th) vs Jeju United (12th) 14:00
Pohang Steelers will be looking to build on Wednesday's 1-0 home victory over Gangwon FC, their second of the campaign so far. Choi Soonho's men will welcome the league's basement side Jeju United to the Steelyard, a side who have mustered just three points from their opening five fixtures and as the only team in K League 1 yet to pick up a win. Furthermore, the Islanders, along with Gangwon, are the lowest scorers in the league with just three goals so far in 2019. The lack of fire power is a trend dating back to last season as Cho Sunghwan's men ended the 2018 campaign as the lowest scorers in the top half of the division.
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