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Daejeon Citizen Vs Bucheon 1995 Preview

Daejeon starlet Hwang In-Beom. Credit: DCFC.co.kr

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Competition:K-League Challenge


Date:Sep 19, 2016
Game Week:Round 35
Kick-off:19:30
Venue:Daejeon World Cup Stadium

Daejeon Citizen's promotion hopes are becoming increasingly improbable each time the Purples drop points; the draw at home to Daegu and the away defeat to Busan for example, have left Ciziten five points adrift of fourth place and facing an uphill battle.

Games don't become much more of an uphill battle than against one of the league's inform sides Bucheon, with the west Gyeonggi Province based outfit set to make the visit to Purple Arena on Monday night.

Whilst Daejeon's playoff hopes remain an outside chance, Bucheon's chances of actually topping the table come October are anything but, sitting in second place and a mere two points behind faltering Ansan.

Daejeon, though, have had a tendancy to finish season's strong, albeit when it has often been too late, much to the annoyance of the Purple Arena faithful.

Accordingly, with the gap between Daejeon and Daegu, who occupy fourth place, just five points - not to mention with Daejeon still to play Daegu on the last day of the season - the race for fourth place is by no means over.

A win for Daejeon would put them right back in the mix, particularly if Goyang reach back to their Hallelujah Immanuel roots and pull off some sort of miracle by beating Daegu when those two teams meet on Monday also. 

Previous Meetings

Bucheon's last trip to Daejeon World Cup Stadium, at the end of June, saw the Purples come out on top thanks to second half goals from Kim Dong-Chan and Gustavo who netted on 60 and 74 minutes respectively.

However, the most recent meeting between these two sides, which was as recent as the middle of August, saw Daejeon suffer a 2-0 reverse thanks to two late, late goals - including an extremely contentious and controversial penalty.

With Daejeon seemingly on course for a hard-fought point in Bucheon heading into the closing stages of the game, much to the bemusement and anger of the Daejeon players and fans alike, Waguininho netted an 86th minute penalty.

Shin Hyun-Joon added insult to injury with a 93rd minute second, condemning Citizen to an extremely harsh 2-0 defeat

Overall, Daejeon and Bucheon have met seven times with Daejeon leading the way having recorded three wins over Bucheon's two and two draws.

Team News

Daejeon will be without the services of both Gustavo Sauerbeck and midfielder Kim Sun-Min who are suspended having picked up three yellow cards.

On-loan Jeju United man Jin Dae-Sung is likely to deputise for Gustavo with attacking options thin on the ground.

Meanwhile, Cho Ye-Chan, Kang Young-Je are the two likely candidates to step in for Kim Sun-Min.

As for the visitors, Jin Chang-Soo, Bucheon's playmaker and custodian Ryu Won-Woo are also suspended, both having suffered the same fare as Daejeon's suspended pair. 

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