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Preview: Jeonnam Dragons vs Incheon United

Forget the title race the relegation battle is where it's at in the Classic. Jeonnam Dragons vs Incheon United is the highlight game on Sunday.

(image via IUFC Press)

Last Time Out

Incheon United once again showed off their strong defence but also their absent strikeforce with a goalless draw against bottom side Gwangju. A draw was a fair result on the day, neither side looked disappointed.

Jeonnam Dragons also drew 0-0, holding Sangju Sangmu on the road. It was their first clean sheet in five games, the previous coming against Incheon.

Previous Meetings 

September 20th: Jeonnam Dragons 0-0 Incheon United

Last month Incheon and Jeonnam played out a boring 0-0 draw. Looking back there wasn't much to write home about, both teams seemed to settle for a point.

During the 2017 season Jeonnam have the edge over Incheon, winning two of the three games 3-1, 3-2 with the other ending 0-0 as already mentioned.

Over the years these sides have have played each other 42 times, with the record favouring Jeonnam. Unsurprisingly for Incheon, almost half have ended in a draw.

Jeonnam Dragon Wins: 13
Incheon United Wins: 11
Draws: 18

Who To Watch

There are a few standout players for both sides, players who need to step up help their sides survive relegation.

Jeonnam Dragons

Brazilian forward Jair is the reason Jeonnam aren't in a lot more trouble. He's scored 16 goals this season, however he's only scored once in his last 10 games.

Defender Hyun Young-Min might not be a household name but at 37 he's he's one of the most experienced players on the Jeonnam team-sheet. He's consistent which is something his team needs at the back.

Finally, Hungarian forward Robert Feczesin has found his scoring boots recently. The former Brescia man could be the main danger for Jeonnam on Sunday afternoon.


Incheon United
(The Incheon players are based on the past couple of games)

Recently, former Melbourne City defender Connor Chapman has been a key reason why Incheon have looked so strong at the back. Case in point when he had an off day they lost 5-0.

Han Suk-Jong, just like Chapman, a solid grinder. He doesn't try anything fancy just keeps it simple. Thirty starts this season in a team known for squad rotation highlights his importance.

Finally a shoutout to striker Park Ji-Yong who scored Incheon's last goal, 4 games ago back in September.

Prediction

This is a tough one to predict as results on Saturday might be a factor. Ignoring that we have an interesting clash between a striker (Jeonnam) and a grappler (Incheon), Jeonnam can score goals for fun at times, whilst Incheon have a generally impressive defensive record. A draw seems likely, however Jeonnam seem to have Incheon's number this season and therefore I'm going with my head and giving the win to Jeonnam.

Jeonnam Dragons 2 - 1 Incheon United


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