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2021 K League Final A Round 35 Preview

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The teams in the top half of the table play out Round 35 this Saturday, starting with Jeju United versus Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the day's earlier kick-off. Jeju hit Daegu FC for five last time out and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six. Elsewhere, a potential title decider sees Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors host Ulsan Hyundai after Suwon FC take on Daegu FC with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats last time out.

Match of the Round

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1st) vs Ulsan Hyundai (2nd) - 19:00 KST

A potential title decider with revenge on the mind. Jeonbuk take on Ulsan this weekend looking to put daylight between themselves and the Horangi. The two giants are level on points and separated by goals-scored meaning that a win for either team would provide a three-point cushion. While Saturday's clash will be the fourth in the league this term, it will be the fifth overall after the AFC Champions League quarter-final clash from just a couple of weeks ago. In Jeonju the two teams played out a superb and enthralling five-goal thriller with each team trading blows. Valeri Qazaishvili drew first blood on 13 minutes before Han Kyo-won levelled on 38. Yun Il-lok then made it 2-1 to Ulsan just before half-time only for Takahiro Kunimoto to peg the Horangi back three minutes after the restart. Then with extra time needed, Lee Dong-gyeong sent in a spectacular winner in the 101st minute to send Ulsan through to the semifinals. Jeonbuk will be looking for revenge and to make it clear that the title is theirs to lose. Ulsan, meanwhile, having been knocked out of the ACL and FA Cup in the semifinals to Pohang Steelers and Jeonnam Dragons respectively, will be determined to ensure that they have some silverware come the end of the season. 

Team of the Round

Jeju United (vs. Suwon Samsung Bluewings)

Manager Nam Ki-il is in dreamland. Not only has he ensured of a top-half finish for the first time as a manager, but his Jeju United side put five past FA Cup finalists and ACL-chasing Daegu FC last time out. The Islanders ran riot at DGB Daegu Bank Park on Sunday, recording a win by five goals or more for the first time since March 2015 (5-0 vs Daejeon Citizen) and first time scoring five in a league game since October 2016 (5-3 vs Jeonnam Dragons). Kim Oh-kyu, Lee Chang-min, Jo Seong-joon and a pair of penalties from Joo Min-kyu helped Jeju move up to fourth in the table and just one point behind third place. This Saturday, Jeju take on Suwon Samsung Bluewings at home. The 2021 record between the two teams is dead even with both teams picking up one win and a draw. The most recent was a 0-0 stalemate in August but the last meeting on the island ended in a 2-1 Jeju win thanks to a Jang Ho-ik own goal and an 87th-minute Joo Min-kyu strike.

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Player of the Round

Murilo (Suwon FC vs. Daegu FC)

By crossing the ball in for Lars Veldwijk to head home against Ulsan on Sunday, Murilo made it 10 assists in K League 1 this season. The Brazilian sits joint top of the assist charts, level with his former Jeonbuk colleague Kim Bo-kyung and is seventh in the division for key passes made. His assists have been the difference in five extra points in terms of turning tight games into wins or draws, not to mention the five goals he has scored too. Suwon FC are on a run of three straight losses and so will be looking to Murilo to help steer them back to winning ways. 

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K League 1 Table

K League 1 Final A Round 35 Fixtures

Saturday 6th November 2021

#JEJvSSB: Jeju United (4th) vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings (6th) - 14:00 (KLeagueTV)
#SUWvDAE: Suwon FC (5th) vs Daegu FC (3rd) - 16:30 (KLeagueTV)
#JEOvULS: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1st) vs Ulsan Hyundai (2nd) - 19:00 (KLeagueTV)

Where to Watch

Fans in countries with K League overseas broadcasting rights can watch selected games live on television. More information can be found here.

Alternatively, the matches are also available for FREE on tv.kleague.com

Paul Neat
Managing Editor