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Preview: Gyeongnam FC v Seoul E-Land

Gyeongnam FC welcome an improved Seoul E-Land side down south on Saturday early evening.  Many pundits have this down as an easy home win but I beg to differ.
(Picture credit- Gyeongman FC official facebook page)

Seoul E-Land over recent weeks have shored up defensively and are unbeaten in four league games.  Admittedly they have drawn 3 times and won just once in that span, they have been much more harder to beat and all over the park they have been more organised as a unit.  It's all about if Gyeongnam take them too lightly the outcome of this game I feel.

Gyeongnam team news wise have a full strength side to choose from.  The reds looked very leggy last Sunday against Daejeon and were extremely forunate to come away from the purple arena with a 2-0 victory.  A week off would have done the team a world of good.  We do however have 3 key players who are walking the tightrope of having picked up 2 yellow cards in key central defender Park JI Soo, and key midfielders Woo Ju Seong and Choi Young Joon.  They are running the risk if they pick up a 3rd yellow of being suspended for next weeks big game against Suwon FC in Jinju.

The whole squad have been in fine form this week in traiining with the confidence still high in the ranks.  Why wouldn't it be?  Unbeaten in 14 games and a huge week coming up.  With games against Seoul E-Land, Ulsan in the cup, and Suwon FC.  A win on Saturday would set the reds up superbly for the tough week ahead.

Looking at some stats about Seoul Eland this season they have scored the vast majority of their goals in the latter stages of games, so Gyeongnam must be switched on for 90 minutes.  They have only scored 8 goals in 11 games this season which is a shocking stat if I'm honest.  They did pick up a very creditable 2-0 win against Seongnam FC in their last away fixture.  They have Japanese playmaker Atuski Wada in their ranks who is a decent player for the Kleague Challenge level.  One to watch this weekend I'm sure.

(Atuski Wada celebrating with his team mates, front)

Prediction from me here, is an edgy 2-1 win for Gyeongnam.  Marcao to add to his great scoring form and bag a brace. 

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