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Preview: Seoul E-Land v Goyang Zaicro

Martin Rennie celebrated his birthday after their first meeting with Goyang last year, which the team won 4-2 at a canter. Will it be a piece of cake again this time around?

Saturday afternoon sees the visit of the latest incarnation of Goyang to Jamsil with the home side looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season for another round. E-Land currently sit second in the table having won three and drawn one of their first four matches in what has been a fairly impressive run of form. For their part, Goyang are still looking to get their first win having amassed a solitary point from their opening five fixtures. On paper this looks to be a fairly one-sided fixture as 2nd take on 9th but, as the Chungju match showed, you can take nothing for granted in this league.

Previous Meetings:

While E-Land have the upper hand in their four prior meetings they didn't have it all their own way last season and Goyang have the potential to upset the apple cart based on last year's results. Tarabai seems to love scoring against Goyang having found the net in three of four matches.

23/5/15 Goyang 2 - 4 Seoul E-Land 
(Kim Yoo-sung, Jin Changsoo; Joo Min-kyu, Cho Won-hee, Kim Young-keun (2))

On a blazing hot day in Goyang this was a fairly efficient demolition job which E-Land performed on their hosts. Kim Young-keun was the star of the show with some excellent long-range shooting that bagged him a couple of goals.

8/7/15 Seoul E-Land 2 - 0 Goyang 
(Tarabai, Joo Min-kyu

This was a fairly comfortable one for E-Land although it took a bit of effort to bag the goals that gave them the win. A penalty on 74 minutes broke the deadlock and it took until almost the last minute for Joo to give E-Land the cushion of a two goal lead.

26/8/15 Goyang 2 - 1 Seoul E-Land
(Seo Hyeong-seung, Park Jung-soo; Tarabai)

It looked as if E-Land were going to make it three wins out of three against Goyang when Tarabai scored with just two minutes on the clock. E-Land switched off though and Goyang turned the game around with two goal in fairly quick succession at the start of the second half.

7/10/15 Seoul E-Land 1 - 1 Goyang
(Tarabai; Bae Hae-min)

The last meeting of the team ended honours even with both goals coming in a three minute spell either side of the half-hour mark.

Team News:

E-Land had a rest day last weekend so they've had a bit of extra time to be prepared for this fixture. Martin Rennie hasn't made too many changes from one week to the next so far so I don't expect to see too many experiments in the starting eleven. Last time out against Busan youngster Ahn Tae-hyun was preferred to Joo Min-kyu up front but I expect Joo to come back in for this one. In theory this might be the kind of game where chances could be given to one or two fringe players but I don't expect there to be much rotation this early in the season.

Goyang coach Lee Nak-young will have some thinking to do on the back of his side's 4-0 defeat to Gangwon but he doesn't have a huge number of options to choose from in what is a relatively young squad. Up front his side have only managed one goal so far in the league so that's probably enough to guarantee Kim Sang-joon his spot in the side. There's also a couple of Brazilian options in Felipe de Paula and Paulo Victor but neither look to be anything special.

I think it's fair to say keeper Kang Jin-woong was a mixed bag last season, at times looking unbeatable at others looking unbearable so it's interesting to see that he's been an ever-present for the team so far this season. He should be kept fairly busy on Saturday so it will be a test for him.

Prediction: 3-0 E-Land

I really can't see this being anything other than a convincing home win. All signs point to it. E-Land aren't conceding, Goyang can't score. E-Land have won three on the bounce, Goyang can't buy a win. My only slight reservation is that E-Land's home performances tend to be flat at times in the eerie atmosphere at Jamsil which seems to make games like this harder work than they should be. The team have only ever twice scored more than two goals at home (both against Chungju) so it would be nice to see them actually put a team to the sword at their home ground for once. They'll never have a better chance than this.



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