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Daejeon Citizen vs Seongnam FC: Preview

Daejeon Citizen Vs Seongnam FC

K League Classic Round 25 Saturday 15th August 2015

Form
Daejeon: LLLLLL
Seongnam: WWDWDD

Prior to Wednesday’s defeat to the hands of Suwon it was suggested that, in order to try and break from the clutches of relegation, Citizen needed to take some sort positive back to Daejeon.
Photo Credit: DCFC.co.kr


Anything that Coach Choi and his men can cling onto to try and fuel some sort of miracle, something to build on.

Although Daejeon fell short, a gutsy team performance and a wonder goal from Wanderson (a Wander-goal?) could be exactly that.

Trying to take points away from the league’s elite, the giants of Suwon and the suchlike, is merely a pipedream for teams such as Daejeon who are rooted to the foot of the table unable to even buy a win.

A 2-1 defeat, then, is no disgrace.

However, a home game against the often unpredictable Seongnam FC is a fixture that is very much a winnable one.

Daejeon seem to have a knack of mounting late resurgences, their form towards the tail end of the 2013 season is testament to that.

However, during the aforementioned 2013 season any resurgence that they had proved to be simply too little too late.

If the Purples can begin some sort of comeback now, or Saturday rather, it could top their “miracle of 2003” and could give them some sort of fighting chance.

Saturday’s opponents Seongnam are sitting exactly in mid-table occupying 6th place.

Just three points separates Seongnam with third place Jeonnam meaning that Seongnam, having tasted Champions League action this campaign, will fancy themselves for qualification again, this time through final league positions.

Thus, make no mistakes, it is far from an easy game but it is much easier than Suwon away. 

With an array of new faces, included a fresh Brazilian contingent, Daejeon simply have to go out and get results.

No excuses.


Previous Meetings

Daejeon’s last meeting with Seongnam, a trip to the Tancheon at the very beginning of July, ended in a 3-1 win for the home side.

Nam Jun-Jae, Yin Young-Sun and Hwang Eui-Jo gave the Magpies a three goal lead in under 60 minutes before Hwang In-Beom netted a consolation for a hapless Daejeon side.

Things were even worse when Daejeon entertained thanks to a heavy 4-1 defeat in April, despite taking the lead through Adriano.

Adriano, now donning the red of FC Seoul, put Citizen ahead on 10 minutes only for Kim Do-Heon to level just eight minutes later.

Then, Seongnam had the lead with another goal in in quick succession.

Hwang Eui-Jo turned the game on its head before a two minute brace with a goal either side of the hour mark from Kim Do-Heon sealed a 4-1 rout.

Daejeon have just one win against Seongnam in the last seven meetings.

Team News

With no fresh injury concerns, Daejeon have a relatively clean bill of health.

Hwang In-Beom remains the only long term absentee with the youngster not due back to the tail end of the season at the very earliest.


New striker Niltinho will be hoping for a starting berth, as to will fellow forward man Seo Myung-Won who made his return from an injury lay off during the defeat to Suwon on Wednesday.

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