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Preview: Goyang Zaicro Vs Daejeon Citizen

Goyang Zaicro Vs Daejeon Citizen

Hyundai Oilbank K League Challenge Sunday 1st May 2016 Kick Off 2PM KST

Two wins in the space of a week has left the Daejeon faithful hoping that this is the embryonic stages of a연승 (yeonseung), or winning streak to you and I, as Citizen look to mount a push for promotion.

The team showing their togetherness prior to kick off on Wednesday. Photo credit: DCFC.co.kr

The Purples were able to stop the rot last weekend by beating fellow relegation sufferers Busan in what was a much-improved team performance .

Then, on Wednesday, Citizen comfortably saw off the challenge of Yonsei University in the FA Cup in what was a thoroughly professional performance.

This Saturday sees the Purple’s travel up to north west Gyeonggi-do to take the newly rebranded Goyang Zaicro.

With two wins under their belts, Daejeon will be full of confidence and, accordingly, will be hoping to experience that winning feeling once again come full time.

Meanwhile, Goyang have endured a poor start to the season; finding themselves in 10th place and, had it not have been for Gyeongnam’s points deduction, would be propping up the table.

Winless in the league, and having suffered the humiliation of bowing out of the cup to the hands of a lowly university side, Goyang supporters will not have been singing ‘halleluiah’ much yet this term.

Form (in all competitions)

Daejeon Citizen: LLLLWW
Goyang Zaicro: DLLLLL

Previous Meetings

Daejeon have never lost to Goyang in the league, their only reverse against the nomadic club came in the FA Cup in 2013.

A 1-0 defeat at Purple Arena saw Citizen fall at the first hurdle and unceremoniously bow out of the FA Cup.

However, during Daejeon’s 2014 promotion winning season, their record against Goyang was much improved; two wins and two draws.

The last meeting between these two sides was towards the tail end of the aforementioned promotion winning campaign.

Daejeon travelled to Goyang and played out a 2-2 draw with goals coming from Kim Han-Sup and Vanderlei.

Kim Han-Sup put Daejeon ahead early on only for Lee Jae-Kwang to level just shy of the half hour mark, before Yeo Hyo-Jin put the home side ahead on 73 minutes.

However, Brazilian forward Vanderlei, who had a knack of scoring important and or late goals that season, rescued a point for the Purples with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Prior to that, a 1-0 win at Purple Arena in August of that year earned Daejeon all the spoils, with Jeong Seok-Min netting the only goal of the game.

At the end of May 2014 another stalemate was played out at Goyang Stadium after Daejeon had thrashed Goyang 4-1 to give the Purples their first win of the season.

Jang Won-Seok, an Adriano brace, and a Seo Myeong-Won strike had Daejeon four nil up before Joo Min-Kyu snatched a late consolation for the visitors.

Team News

In midweek experienced striker Seo Dong-Hyun featured for the reserves as the on loan Jeju United man looks to make his comeback from a facial injury.

Seo Dong-Hyun had picked up the injury on the opening day of the season and has not featured since.
Elsewhere, Choi Moon-Sik could be tempted to stick with Alvaro Silva and Jean-Claude Bozga at the back having impressed in midweek.

Alvaro Silva had looked to be frozen out but due to Daejeon’s defensive frailties, the Spanish-born Philippines international has been given a second chance.

Wanderson’s brace against Yonsei will have given under fire boss Choi Moon-Sik some food for thought as too will a confident performance and clean sheet from goalkeeper Park Ju Won.

Choi has seemingly yet to settle on a first choice goalkeeper with Lee Bum-Soo and Park Ju-Won both featuring between the sticks already this season.

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