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Preview: Suwon FC Vs Daejeon Citizen

Sunday sees two sides in Suwon FC and Daejeon Citizen who are both in need of a win. Daejeon make the trip to Suwon having won just one league game in 2017 whilst Suwon are on a run of six games without a win in all competitions. A strong start to the campaign has enabled Suwon to remain in and round the playoff places, Daejeon on the other hand are already seven points adrift of the last playoff berth.

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Suwon FCDaejeon Citizen

Competition:K League Challenge

Date:Apr 30, 2017
Game Week:Round 9
Venue:Suwon Civic Stadium

Last Time Out

A goalless draw with struggling Seoul E-Land last weekend made it four stalemates in a row for Suwon. After a rather lifeless encounter at Jamsil, Suwon failed to capitalise on Bucheon's defeat to Anyang a day previous as a win would have seen Suwon leapfrog Bucheon into the playoff spots.

Daejeon, meanwhile fell to their fourth defeat of the season in an enthralling end-to-end five-goal thriller at Purple Arena. Promotion favourites Busan were the visitors, lead by former Daejeon Citizen manager Cho Jinho, who was making the trip to Daejeon as a manager for the first time since his departure almost two years ago.

An early penalty for Busan, put away by Lee Junghyup, gave the visitors the lead before Kim Taebong levelled not long after for Daejeon. A Kim Jinkyu own goal restored IPark's advantage on fifteen minutes which was enough to see the visitors lead heading into the break.

Hell bent on avoiding another defeat, Daejeon flew out of the traps in the beginning of the second half and managed to get themselves back on level terms through Cristian Danalache not long after the restart.

The Purples looked as though they could turn the game completely on its head and claim all three points but it was Busan who emerged the victors thanks to a late winner from Lee Junghyup.

What's Going Wrong?

Daejeon were tipped as being one of the favourites for promotion to the K League Classic, certainly a genuine contender for a playoff place, but with nearly a quarter of the season gone already, Citizen just haven't got themselves going.

Perhaps one reason why this is the case, is the lack of continuity. Manager Lee Youngik is seemingly unaware of what his best eleven is, and as a result has shown himself to be quite the tinkerman already in what is his first year as a manager.

Including the goalkeeper, Lee has fielded seven different back five combinations in eight league games this season, using five different left backs and four different centre half partnerships in the process. Conversely, League leaders Gyeongnam have used just six different defenders in the league in 2017, four of those have made either seven or eight appearances. Former Daejeon goalkeeper Lee Bumsoo has played in all eight of Gyeongnam's league games, Daejeon, however, have shared the position between Jeon Suhyun and Lee Youngchang.

In the middle of the park, Daejeon have lacked energy and drive. The departure of Kim Sunmin to Daegu is proving to be huge loss, his replacement Kim Daeyeol just doesn't have that same level of intensity or ferocity. But, as equally as impacting has been the drop in form of starlet Hwang Inbeom, who has has been rather ineffective and underwhelming this term, to the point where he was dropped from Coach Lee's first eleven against Bucheon. Citizen's ability to move the ball from back to front quickly and efficiently has been an issue. Quite simply, for the most part, Daejeon have been too predictable.

The Opposition - Suwon FC

Relegated from the K League Classic last season, Suwon FC manager Cho Deokje has opted for either a 4-1-2-3 formation or a more traditional 4-4-2. All three of Suwon's wins this term came from using the 4-1-2-3 formation but haven't recorded victory since the visit to Seongnam on March 19th.

Predicted Suwon FC Starting XI
During Suwon's win-less run, which is now as long as five league games, Cho Deokje has stuck with the same 4-1-2-3 system with the exception of the trip to Busan where he opted for a 4-4-2.

Suwon's top scorer is 31-year-old winger Lee Seunghyun, the former Jeonbuk has netted three so far, Lim Changkyun and Bruce Djite both have two.

Previous Meetings

The last meeting between these two sides was last season FA Cup when K League Challenge Daejeon saw off K League Classic Suwon. With the score level at 1-1 after extra time, Daejeon advanced to the next round thanks to a 3-1 win on penalties.

The most recent league fixture between the Purples and the 2010 National League Winners Suwon was in November 2014 when Daejeon hammered their Gyeonggi Province counterparts 5-2 en route to the K League Challenge title.

At the Hanbat Stadium Seo Myeongwon got the scoring underway, netting on 22 minutes before Brazilian striker Vanderlei made it 2-0 11 minutes later. Daejeon Citizen legend Kim Eunjung, in his second spell with the club, made it three from the penalty spot just shy of the hour mark before Vanderlei added his second a mere two minutes later.

Undeterred by being four goals down, Suwon pulled one back through Lim Seongtaek with just four minutes of added time remaining, only for Kim Eunjung to net his second of the afternoon in stoppage time.

Suwon narrowed the deficit to three goals with a scant consolation effort in the dying moments through Park Jongchan but the points were sealed for the already Challenge Champions Daejeon.

Citizen have only suffered one defeat to Suwon in the five matches they have played, a 4-1 defeat on the opening day of the 2014 season at Suwon Civic Stadium.

Team News

Suwon will be without forward Jung Cheolho through suspension after the first year professional picked up his third booking of the season in the 0-0 draw with Seoul E-Land last week.

Daejeon have no suspensions but Kim Daeyeol, Park Jaewoo, Kim Jinkyu, Kim Taeeun, and Lee Hoseok are all one yellow card away from a ban.

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