26 June 2019
Urawa Red Diamonds will face an uphill task when they take on Ulsan Hyundai at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium at midweek, as the Japanese outfit has to overturn a 2-1 loss from the first leg when the two sides meet for the second leg of their AFC Champions League last-16 tie.
The hosts enter this clash on a run of five games without a loss (W4, D1), with three of those matches producing over 2.5 goals. Also, they have racked up a five-game home unbeaten streak (W4, D1), preventing their rivals from scoring on four occasions during the run. What’s more, the Gangs of Asia have been ruthless at this venue in 2019, ten wins in 12 competitive matches (W10, D1, L1) since the turn of the year. But, for Ulsan goals have been in short supply when at home over the past two months, as six of their last seven home outings across all competitions featured under 2.5 goals while just one saw both teams score too.
Considerable underdogs to prevail in this tie, the visitors have been struggling for consistency over the past six weeks (W2, D1, L4). But, Urawa’s games in that period have not been short of entertainment, as five of those seven matches featured over 2.5 goals while four of them witnessed goals at both ends. Also, the Reds’ ups and downs have seen them pick up two wins and suffer as many defeats on their last five road trips across all competitions (W2, D1, L2). Interestingly, both of those triumphs have seen Urawa score precisely two goals per match while both of those failures saw them concede exactly two goals per game.
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