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FA Cup Preview: Seongnam FC Vs Daejeon Citizen

Seongnam FC versus Daejeon Citizen FA Cup 3rd round K League 2
In one of only two all K League clashes in round three of the Hana Bank FA Cup, Daejeon Citizen travel to Tancheon Sports Complex to take on three time FA Cup winners Seongnam FC. Whilst Seongnam are unbeaten this term, the Magpies are yet to pick up a win in front of their own supporters. Daejeon meanwhile, have just one win in four and will be seen as rank outsiders for Wednesday's clash.
(image via Bubu Images)

Overview

from Soccerway.com


Last Time Out

Daejeon fell their third defeat of the season on Sunday, losing 1-0 at home to Busan IPark thanks to a Lee Dongjun goal in the 10th minute. Citizen goalkeeper Kim Jinyoung was dismissed in the 34th minute, meaning that the Purples were down to 10 men for the majority of the game. Although Citizen were much improved from the defeats to Bucheon and Ansan, individual errors and questionable decision making cost the Purples again.

Full recap: here

Meanwhile, Seongnamplayed out a 0-0 draw Ansan Greeners at home. The Magpies put fellow promotion favourites Suwon FC to the sword the week previous, netting four past Kim Daeui's men at Suwon Castle but couldn't find their way past a resolute Ansan Greeners side. Nevertheless, Nam Ki-il's men remain unbeaten.

Previous Meetings

Seongnam and Daejeon have yet to meet in the league this season and so their most recent encounter was at the tail end of the 2017 campaign. Seongnam were desperate for the points in their pursuit of the playoffs but when Lee Hyunseung put Daejeon ahead late on, it looked as though the Magpies were about to suffer an embarrassing loss to bottom placed Daejeon. In the 82nd minute Lee Hyunseung put the Purples ahead but a Park Seongho penalty saved Seongnam's, the former Purple dispatched a rather controversial spot kick in the second minute of added time.

Daejeon's record against Seongnam of late does not make great reading for Citizen fans, having beaten their south Gyeonggi counterparts on just three occasions in the last eight years. Daejeon's last win against Seongnam was back in 2013 when an extremely fortuitous Hwang Jiwoong goal was enough to give relegation-threatened Citizen a 1-0 win at Purple Arena. The ball cannoned off Hwang from a goalkeeper clearance and ended up in the Seongnam net, much to the bemusement of Seongnam but nonetheless delight of the Citizen faithful who still harboured hopes of staving off relegation.

Daejeon's last win at Tancheon Sports Complex was in 2012, a 2-1 win in mid September that year with goals from Ji Kyungdeuk and Kevin Oris for Citizen, turning the game in its head after Lee Changhoon had given Seongnam the lead.

In the FA Cup these two sides have met twice before, both of which were played at Purple Arena and both ended in Seongnam victories. The most recent was in July 2010 when Seongnam comprehensively beat Citizen 3-0 - the other was in October 2009 when Seongnam recorded a 1-0 win.

Team News

Although goalkeeper Kim Jinyoung was shown the red card during Daejeon Citizen's 1-0 defeat to Busan at the weekend, the subsequent suspension only applies to league games and so the former Pohang custodian would be available for selection. However, with the 26-year-old set to miss the Purples' trip to Gwangju on Sunday, manager Ko Jongsoo may opt to give back up goalkeeper Lim Minhyeok his first start as the recent signing from Jeonnam adjust to life with Daejeon.

Several former Seongnam players may be set for a return to their former club for the first time; Ahn Jaejun, Oh Jangeun, Ahn Sanghyeon, and Filip Hlohovsky all swapped Tancheon for Purple Arena over the winter.

The Adversary

Seongnam FC have began the 2018 season unbeaten with three draws and one win, placing the Magpies in fifth. Last time out for Seongnam's 0-0 draw with Ansan Greeners Nam Ki-il set his team up in a 3-5-2 formation with Eder and Joo Hyunwoo as the two front men, captain Seo Bomin and Lee Hakmin providing width on the left and right wings respectively.

For the 4-1 drubbing of Suwon FC at Castle Park, Seongnam were set up in a 4-3-3 with Eder, Joo Hyunwoo and Seo Bomin as the front three and former Pohang Steelers midfielder Muralha in the centre of midfield.

Last year, three-times winners Seongnam were famously knocked out of the FA Cup in the quarter finals by National League side Mokpo City after a 3-0 defeat. In 2014 Seongnam won the FA Cup for the first time under their new guise as Seongnam FC, prior to which 1999 and 2011 wins were won under the name Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

Prediction

With important league fixtures coming up for both teams at the weekend it would be assumed that both Nam Ki-il and Ko Jongsoo will rotate things for Wednesday's clash. Even still, Seongnam should have enough quality to see off the challenge of a Daejeon side that already look to be struggling.

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