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Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs Asan Mugunghwa


Daejeon Citizen will complete a run of three home games within the space of a week when the Purples welcome Asan Mugunghwa to Purple Arena on Saturday evening. Torrential rain dampened Daejeon Citizen's mini revival when the Purples fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bucheon 1995 but manager Lee Youngik will at least be encouraged by his side's recent displays. Asan Mugunghwa's form has tailed off somewhat, with the police team having picked up just one win from their last five matches.

Photo: Jung Kyungwon


 Overview

Statistics from Soccerway.com


Last Time Out

At a sodden Purple Arena, Daejeon Citizen fell to a 1-0 defeat against promotion-chasing Bucheon 1995. An 80th minute goal by Jin Changsoo sealed the points for the visitors.

With the surface water preventing either team from playing any sort of expansive football, as would perhaps be expected, the goal stemmed from a long ball deep inside Bucheon's own half. Defender Ji Byungjoo lofted the ball forward from the right full-back position towards the edge of the box. The former Incheon United man's pass was flicked on by Lim Donghyeok towards the edge of the penalty area.

Purples defender Park Jaewoo was fooled by the standing water which then prompted goalkeeper Jeon Suhyun to rush to the rescue only for the former Jeju United stopper to spill the ball into the path of Jin Changsoo. Changsoo reacted the quickest and threaded the ball into the goal from the edge of the area.

A draw would have been a fair result and so Lee Youngik would be justified in feeling aggrieved having seen his side battle well in unfavourable conditions.

Asan Mugunghwa, meanwhile, lost at home to Seongnam with a goal in each half proving to be enough to seal a 2-0 win and indeed all three points for Park Kyunghoon's side.

A long ball forward from Yeon Sewoon in the left back area was cut out by Asan defender Choi Bokyung on the edge of his own 18-yard box. The ball fell to an unmarked Park Seongho who ushered the ball out wide to right back Lee Taehwi. Lee returned the ball first time back into the path of Park who, with his back to goal, ushered the ball onto his right foot before unleashing a powerful shot into the far corner past a helpless Park Hyungsoon on the stroke of half time.

Winger Lee Changhoon doubled Seongnam's advantage on 56 minutes after breaking free on the left flank. The 30-year-old, in his sixth season as a Magpies player, picked the ball up just past the halfway line and, with acres of space, made a beeline for the Asan penalty area.

Lee cut in on his right foot before wrong-footing the goalkeeper with a deft finish into the bottom right hand corner.

Previous Meetings

The last time these two sides faced each other, which was the first time that Daejeon had met the police team under the guise of Asan Mugunghwa, the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Purple Arena.

On a sunny spring afternoon in Daejeon, Nam Junjae put the visitors ahead just before half-time with his first goal of the campaign. But, with Citizen looking as though they were about to fall to their fourth defeat of the season, Shin Hakyoung popped up in the last few minutes to salvage a draw for Lee Youngik's men.

Team News

Daejeon forward Kim Chanhee will be available for selection again having served his one-match suspension. The former Pohang Steelers and FC Pocheon man was shown two yellow cards during Citizen's 2-0 win over FC Anyang a fortnight ago.

Midfielder Kim Daeyeol will miss out, however having picked up his third caution of the season in the defeat to Bucheon on Monday.

For Asan, defender Cho Sungjin and midfielder Lee Hyunseung will both miss out through suspension with the pair picking up their third yellow cards of the season in last week's 2-0 defeat to Seongnam.

Midfielder Kim Junhyup is back in contention, however after sitting the last game out through suspension.

The Adversary

At home against stronger opposition, as was the case versus Seongnam last weekend, Asan manager Sung Sonho has tended to stick to a more conservative formation. Asan set up in a 4-4-2 last time out but in recent matches the police team have taken the field in a number of different formations; 4-1-2-3 vs Ansan Greeners at home (D 0-0), 4-1-4-1 vs FC Anyang away (W 2-0), 4-2-3-1 vs Gyeongnam at home (D 1-1), 4-3-3 vs Seongnam away (L 1-0) and a 4-2-3-1 vs Seoul E-Land at home (W 1-0).

Graphic via Lineup11

Against bottom of the table Daejeon Citizen, a 4-1-4-1 much like how he did away to Anyang, or a 4-2-3-1 as was the case at home to Seoul E-Land would perhaps be how Coach Sung sets his side up.

Prediction

Daejeon were desperately unlucky not to get something out of the Bucheon game last time out and so will he eager to show that they are better than perhaps what the league table suggests. The Purples have two wins in their last five but Asan have just one having seen their form peter out somewhat. Whilst a Daejeon win wouldn't be too far-fetched, a draw at home to a promotion-chasing team ought to be considered realistic

Daejeon Citizen 1-1 Asan Mugunghwa




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