Urawa Red Diamonds vs Ulsan Hyundai
AFC Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Kick-off at 11:30 UK/ 12:30 CET
Venue: Saitama Stadium (Saitama).
The Diamonds had a tough group stage but managed to finish second, riding on top of three wins and a draw. Their only home loss came against group winners, Jeonbuk Motors.
Now, the team gets ready to host the topper of Group H, and hopes for a good showing before proceeding to the return leg, for which they will have to deal with the away handicap.
Urawa recorded a win at home, in their last fixture, which was against Sagan Tosu, and the manner in which they did so was quite admirable. The former conceded an early goal and invited unwanted pressure. But they held on and scored the equalizer in the first half itself.
Both sides desperately tried for the winner, and late into the game, in the injury time, in the 90+3rd minute to be precise, the Diamonds scored the winner to the widest of roars from the fans.
Counterparts Hyundai topped Group H with some very close calls. They may have recorded three wins and two draws from their six group stage ties, but all they have to show for it is just five goals. It also deserves special mention that all of their wins came at home, and they went winless on the road. Also, they faced a huge 5-0 loss away from home as well.
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Ulsan Hyundai Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams have never met before.
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Ulsan Hyundai Prediction
Hyundai has shown some serious weakness on the road despite them topping their group. Also, they lack considerably in the goal-scoring department in the Champions League. The team could score just five goals from their six group stage games and conceded five in one away tie alone, against Shanghai SIPG.
On the other hand, Urawa is high on confidence after recording a thrilling win in their last tie, with the winner coming in injury time. Also, their last continental match-up at home ended in a 3-0 win for them, whereas, Hyundai failed to score in two of their last such fixtures, on the road, and conceded seven from the last two alone.
Considering this is the knockouts, Hyundai may raise their level, but the home advantage of Urawa may prove too much to handle for the winners of Group H, and they may have to wait for the return leg, to contribute something of their own to this tie.
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Ulsan Hyundai Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Urawa Red Diamonds @ 1.60 (3/5)
The Hosts to Open the Scoring @ 1.80 (4/5).