Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs Seongnam FC
Two of the K League Challenge's promotion favourites go head to head this Sunday when Daejeon Citizen entertain Seongnam FC at Purple Arena. Both sides faltered in their respective curtain raisers leaving both the Purples and the Magpies looking to get off the mark come Sunday.
|Daejeon Citizen||Seongnam FC|
|Date:||Mar 12, 2017|
|Game Week:||Round 2|
|Venue:||Daejeon World Cup Stadium|
Last Time Out
At Tancheon, in what was a highly anticipated match between two of the relative giants of the Challenge in Seongnam FC and Busan IPark, the Magpies fell to a 1-0 defeat thanks to a ninth minute Lee Youngjup strike.
Post-match video analysis with Ryan Walters, Mark Kelly, Jae-Hyuk Lee, featuring Matthew Binns: here
Meanwhile, Citizen fell to a late winner in what was Ansan's first ever competitive match, conceding in the last minute of added on time.
Ansan took the lead in the first half through the Uzbeki forward Nasimov before new Daejeon signing from Gyeongnam Lee Hoseok leveled with a lovely strike from the edge of the box just after the restart.
With the game heading into the dying stages, a draw seemed like the most likely result but Han Geunyong had other ideas, his prodded shot proving to be last kick of the game.
Match Report: here
The last time these two sides met was in August 2015 at Purple Arena midway through what was a contrasting season for both sides.
Whilst Citizen were struggling, barely able to keep their heads above water, Seongnam were on an incredible cup run that eventually saw them win the FA Cup and finish fourth.
On that August afternoon, then, it was Seongnam who ran away victors thanks to a brace from Hwang Euijo, netting a goal in each half.
That season, Seongnam beat Daejeon on all three occasions , with Daejeon's last win over Seongam dating back to the tail end of the 2013 season; a 1-0 win at Purple Arena.
With Daejeon staring relegation in the face the Purples were hopeful rather than expectant of a win against who was then Seongnam Ilwha Chunma.
But, thanks to a rather fortuitous early second half goal from Hwang Jiwoong, currently on loan at Asan Mugunghwa, Daejeon ran out unlikely winners.
In total, Daejeon and Seongnam have faced off 39 times with Daejeon only recording five wins compared to Seongnam's 26 and eight draws.
East Timor-Brazilian striker Pedro Henrique is yet to make his debut for Daejeon having been an unused substitute in the defeat to Ansan Greeners on Saturday.
After what was perhaps a rather shaky defensive display against the aforementioned Ansan Greeners, Daejeon manager Lee Youngik could look to Kim Haesik whom featured a lot last term, whilst Kang Yunsung, who replaced Kim Taeeun in the second half, could step in at left full back.
For Seongnam, Coach Park revealed this week just to what extent his injury problems are with no fewer than twelve players currently on the injured list.
It is believed that Dario and Neco are on that list with the pair not expected to return until April.