South Korean K-League 1 is back Friday with heavyweight match up: a quick guide to your new favorite soccer league
While many people have not watched too much of the South Korean K-League in the past, in part due to the lack of television rights, that may not be a problem going forward.
The K-League will start Friday, two-plus months after it was originally supposed to kick off, and the first contest is a doozy.
Three-time defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC will host 2019 KEB Hana Bank FA Cup champions Suwon Bluewings in the first of six matches this opening weekend. All Suwon did in the second game of the two-legged final was roll to a 4-0 win, after holding Daejeon Korail FC to a 0-0 draw in the first contest. The contest can be viewed all around the world on the , as well as on Twitter.
The league, which will consist of 27 rounds, is still looking for a broadcast partner in the USA to carry the season, but a deal could be coming shortly.
If you are looking at the odds to bring home the K-League title in 2020, the logical choice to bet would be Jeonbuk. The club has won five league championships since 2014: the lone year Jeonbuk did not win the K-League crown, in 2016, it took home the biggest title on the continent, winning the AFC Champions League.
Ulsan could prove to be good value as well, only missing out on the title last season by goal difference.
SOUTH KOREA K-LEAGUE MATCHES THIS WEEKEND
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (-152) VS. Suwon Bluewings (+310), draw (+275), 6 a.m. EDT
Ulsan Hyundai FC (-177) vs. Sangju Sangmu Phoenix (+370), draw (+235), 1 a.m. EDT
Incheon United (+188) vs. Daegu (+123), draw (+215), 3:30 a.m. EDT
Gwangju FC (+138) vs. Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (+175), draw (+205), 6 a.m. EDT
Pohang Steelers (-118) vs. Busan I Park (+280), draw (+225), 1 a.m. EDT
Gangwon (+180) vs. FC Seoul (+128), draw (+220), 3:30 a.m. EDT
ODDS TO WIN K-LEAGUE 1 2020
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (+130)
Ulsan Hyundai FC (+275)
FC Seoul (+300)
Suwon Bluewings (+1400)
Pohang Steelers (+3500)