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Preview: Busan IPark Vs Daejeon Citizen

Busan IPark Vs Daejeon Citizen

Saturday 28th May 2016 4PM KST Hyundai Oilbank K League Challenge Round 13 

With games coming thick and fast, Daejeon make the long trip to Busan this weekend to take on the side Citizen fell through the trap door with last term.

Daejeon celebrate their victory over Seoul E-Land on Wednesday. Credit: DCFC.co.kr

Both clubs are experiencing quite similar fortunes since their drop to the Challenge, with both sides currently sitting in mid table despite much loftier ambitions.

Daejeon's slow start impeded them somewhat but now seem to be picking up important points and have showed that they can be more than a match for the big hitters in this league; Wednesday's win over Seoul E-Land is testament to that notion.

Busan, meanwhile, initially showed the inconsistencies one would expect from a team occupying a mid-table position but are currently on a run of five games unbeaten.

Saturday's game, should there be a victor, could be the foundations on which to build on for either of these two sides.

Both are loitering with intent just outside the playoffs; a win for Daejeon would see them leapfrog their opponents whereas three points for Busan would see the seasiders put pressure on fourth-placed Bucheon.

Form Last 6 (All Competitions)

Busan IPark: LWWWDD
Daejeon Citizen: DLD*WDW
*Penalty shootout victory

Previous Meetings

In April Daejeon welcomed Busan to Purple Arena on the back of four straight defeats with a fifth seemingly inevitable.

However, just as all hope seemed to be lost, Daejeon surprised many by securing their first three points of the new campaign, not before time.

Star man Kim Dong-Chan put the home side ahead just before half time only for Willian Popp to level for Busan just past the hour mark.

The introduction of Yoo Seung-Wan just after Busan's equaliser seemed to add an extra dimension to Daejeon's attack, certainly an element of pace that was otherwise missing.

Within 15 minutes, the first year pro popped up to net what proved to be the winner as Daejeon experienced the winning feeling for the first time this season.

However, when Daejeon last traveled to the Asiad Stadium, it was Busan who triumphed with a slender victory of their own.

Despite taking the lead through Han Eui-Gwon, Daejeon collapsed in the second half and fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Weslley equalised for IPark before Kim Jin-Gyu turned the game on its head on 69 minutes.

Daejeon's record in Busan does not make for pleasant reading.

In fact, Citizen's last win at the Asiad dates back to May 2008.

Team News

Highly-rated young goalkeeper Park Ju Won remains a doubt after picking up a rib injury.

The Daejeon number 1 has missed the last two games and is set to sit out the trip to Busan with Lee Bum-Soo ready to deputise.

Elsewhere, Daejeon have no fresh injury concerns but Oh Chang-Hyun will not be available for selection following his red card on Wednesday at home to Seoul E-Land.



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