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Preview: Ansan Greeners Vs Asan Mugunghwa


The old takes on the new as in-form promotion chasing Asan Mugunghwa travel to somewhat in-form Ansan Greeners in the Bachim Derby. 

(Image from Sports-g via KLeague)

Last Time Out

Ansan Greeners travelled to Bucheon in the last round, and thought they had the game won with Raul Tarragona's strike just before the hour mark. However Park Jun-hee was sent off in the 89th minute and Bucheon found an equaliser in injury time. Before the game, Ansan would have been delighted to take a point from the promotion chasers but instead left disapointed as they looked to make it two wins on the bounce.

Asan Mugunghwa claimed their third win in a row with a 2-0 victory over Seoul E-land. Han Eui-gwon and Lee Jae-an where on the score sheet as Asan look to finish in the play-off spots. Asan will also have their eyes on the Classic for the remainder of the split, as they need Sangju to be relegated in order for them to claim promotion.

Previous Meetings

This is the fourth match between the two sides this season, with each side claiming a home win and drawing the last meeting 0-0 in Asan in July. Yoo Yeon-seung was sent off in the clash back in April for a second bookable offence. Raul has struck twice against Asan this season, while Kim Eun-seon and Lee Chang-yong have been on the score sheet for Mugunghwa.

Team News

Ansan look to be finishing the season strongly with seven points from their last four games. With Asan coming into a rich vein of form, it will be a big ask to keep that form going, but given the events in Bucheon last weekend, Ansan might have the fire to take the game to Asan. As always, the Uruguayan Raul Tarragona is the key man for Ansan, having scored 14 goals for the Green Wolves this season, the second highest in the league. Ansan would be wise to play in banks to soak up the pressure with Asan chasing the points and then try and nick a goal on the counter as player for player, Asan have the better side.

The Adversary

Asan are chasing promotion, sitting in the second of the four play-off spots. It is always going to be an odd match for Ansan, as off course, Mugunghwa relocated to Asan following their second division title win last year. Coach Song Seon-Ho will be looking to take the police into the top tier in his first season, hoping that military side Sangju get relegated in order to make room for Mugunghwa (both teams cannot be in the top division at the same time). The nature of the Asan side means that they have only nine player who have more than fifteen appearance this season, however their rotation of players has not hampered them from winning their previous three games.

Who To Watch

Asan have conceded the joint-third least amount of goals this season, partly thanks to goalkeeping mainstay Park Hyung-soon who has also managed to get on the scoresheet this season! If he can keep out Raul, expect Asan to win the game.

Prediction

A goal a piece to make the season head to head honours even between Ansan 3.0 and Ansan 2. Asan need to win to keep in contention for the play-offs and this might well create the opening Ansan require. If Asan can score first however, they might well see out the game.

Ansan 1-1 Asan



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