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Preview: FC Anyang Vs Daejeon Citizen

With just one league win all season manager Lee Youngik (pictured above) is beginning to feel the pressure as his Daejeon Citizen side head to Anyang on Wednesday afternoon on the back of two straight defeats and in search of some much-needed three points. The hosts, Anyang whose four wins from nine games have managed to propel them to in and around the playoff places, will be looking to make it two victories in as many months over Daejeon having already comfortably displaced the Purples at the beginning of April in their own back yard.

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FC AnyangDaejeon Citizen

Competition:K League Challenge

Date:May 3, 2017
Game Week:Round 10
Venue:Anyang Civic Stadium
*form includes FA Cup

Last Time Out

FC Anyang 0-1 Busan IPark

After a mini purple patch of sorts and a sudden upturn in fortunes which saw Anyang win three on the spin, Kim Jongpil's men have since struggled for consistency. At the weekend Anyang fell to a 1-0 defeat agains Cho Jinho's high-flying Busan IPark.

A Kim Moonhwan strike on 68 minutes sent Busan back to the south coast with the lion's share of the points which, in turn, were enough to see IPark remain just one point behind league leaders Gyeongnam.

Suwon FC 3-1 Daejeon Citizen

Daejeon, meanwhile succumbed to yet another disappointing defeat, this time suffering in the sun against Suwon FC after what was, overall, another insipid Citizen display.

Despite a decent start to the game, the Purples found themselves a goal down after just 13 minutes thanks to what was a sumptuous curling effort from the edge of the box by Suwon midfielder Lim Changkyun.

Daejeon were unable to offer any sort of retort but as lacklustre as the Purples were on Sunday afternoon, referee Park Byungjin didn't do Lee Youngik's side any favours, gifting the home side with an extremely soft penalty on 33 minutes.

The controversial penalty was awarded when Daejeon right back Park Jaewoo was adjudged to have brought down Suwon's Baek Sungdong right in front of referee Mr. Park who pointed to the spot instantly, despite replays showing that contact was minimal at best.

Baek Sungdong duly converted, sending Jeon Soohyun in between the sticks for Daejeon the wrong way, and Suwon headed in at the break with a flattering two-goal lead.

Suwon's third was all too easy; just six minutes after half time, a Bae Jihoon throw-in in his own half found its way to Lee Gwangjin on the half way line who calmly steered the ball into the path of Lee Seunghyun on the right flank, Lee had the time and space to cut inside and expertly find the far corner to kill the game off.

Daejeon did manage to pull one back through Cristian Danalache but any attempts at a late comeback were purely in vein meaning that Danalache's fourth league goal of the season proved to be scant consolation.

Previous Meetings

At Purple Arena only last month Daejeon suffered a 2-0 loss to Anyang in this season's first meeting between the two sides, goals from Jung Jaehee and Kim Minkyun,

Match report here.

Wednesday's fixture will be the second time in as many years that Daejeon have made the trip to Anyang on the week of Children's Day, with last year's affair ending in a 2-2 draw.

Kim Dongchan put Daejeon ahead on 25 minutes from the penalty spit before Kim Doyoung equalised just three minutes later for Anyang. A mazy run and cool finish from Hwang Inbeom restored Daejeon's lead but an own goal from goalkeeper Park Juwon who could do nothing as the ball ricocheted off him into the goal after saving Choi Younghoon's initial penalty.

The Opposition - FC Anyang

Despite struggling at the beginning of the season, losing their first three games, Anyang went on a mini run of sorts, winning three games in a row which included 2-0 wins over Seongnam and Daejeon.

Said run was perhaps down to a change in system as manager Kim Jongpil reverted from a 5-4-1 in round one Vs Suwon, to a 4-2-3-1 system which he has stuck with since the win over Seongnam in March. Before settling on the 4-2-3-1, with Jo and Ahn Sungbin or Jung Jaehee on either side of Kim Hyogi and Kim Minkyu in a number 10 role, Coach Kim dabbled with a 4-1-2-3 vs Asan, a 3-4-3 (5-2-3 when not in possession) versus Ansan in round three, before Anyang eventually got their first win under the belts, the 2-0 win over Seongnam in round four

Kim Jongpil's favoured 4-2-1-3 formation

Quantum Physics - Time and Space

Despite being one of the promotion favourites, heading into game ten Daejeon are third from bottom and nine points adrift of the playoff places. The Purples' lack of nous in the final third, particularly when it comes to movement off the ball, is becoming a real concern.

Daejeon line up vs Suwon FC, 30.04.2017
Last season Daejeon had Kim Dongchan as the focal point of their attack, a striker who netted 20 goals and finished the season as the K League Challenge MVP winner.

With Kim Dongchan no longer a Citizen player, it isn't just his goal scoring prowess that the Purples miss, but also his movement off the ball and ability to create space for others.

The former Jeonbuk Hyundai striker was rather adept at peeling out wide and taking defenders with him to create space for the likes of Gustavo Sauerbeck and Hwang Inbeom to arrive late into the box from deeper positions.

Should Daejeon switch to 4-4-2?
Whilst Cristian Danalache is a stellar signing based on his goal scoring record for Gyeongnam last season, it seems as though Lee Youngik doesn't know how to get the best out of him in a Daejeon shirt, nor do Danalache's colleagues appear to know how to get the ball into him in the right areas.

Daejeon's front three is too congested and with a lack of width there is then a lack of space in the middle of the park which prevents the likes of Hwang Inbeom to get his foot on the ball and look up to find a pass.

A change to 4-4-2 with a second striker would perhaps be more suitable as this would enable Danalache to play further forward, rather than having to come deep to get the ball, as well as giving Daejeon some much-needed width.

Team News

Right back Park Jaewoo is suspended for Daejeon having picked up his third booking of the season in the 3-1 defeat to Suwon on Sunday.

Kim Taebong could shift to right back in his place with Kim Jungjoo or Levan being the likely candidates to come in on the wing.

Anyang have a suspension of their own with defender Yong Jaehyun set to miss the visit of Daejeon following an accumulation of three bookings this term, the latest coming in the 1-0 loss against Busan at the weekend.

Ivorian midfielder Aubin Kouako remains a doubt as the former Chungju has not featured since the loss to Gyeongnam at the beginning of last month.

Ironically, Kouako picked up the injury that has seen him miss Anyang's last four games in the 2-0 win over Daejeon on the 1st April.

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