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Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs FC Anyang

Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs FC Anyang K League 2
Daejeon Citizen's K League 2 Round 11 clash sees the Purples host bottom-placed FC Anyang at Purple Arena this Saturday. Fresh after a week off following the the away win over Suwon FC in round nine, Citizen will looking to make it two wins on the spin when Anyang are in town. Whilst Daejeon have manage to lift themselves into a midtable position, the Violets are languishing at the bottom with just three points for their endeavours. If Daejeon are looking to put last season's woes well and truly behind them then Ko Jongsoo's men will surely be looking at Saturday's fixture as a game that they simply must win.
(image via K League)


Match: Daejeon Citizen Vs FC Anyang
Competition: K League 2 Round 11
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018, 15:00 KST
Venue: Daejeon World Cup Stadium (Purple Arena), Daejeon.

Last Time Out

With the round 10 clash with Seoul E-Land rescheduled until 15th August, Daejeon's last outing was in round nine a fortnight ago. The Purples recorded their third win of the season with a 2-1 away victory over Suwon FC, further compiling the misery on Suwon's fledgling gaffer Kim Daeui. Goals from Park Inhyeok and Shohruh Gadeov at the start of the second half gave Citizen a 2-0 lead before Matheus Alves pulled back a scant consolation goal with the last kick of the game.

Highlights: here

Column: Are Daejeon Beginning to Turn the Corner? here

FC Anyang, meanwhile, were beaten 3-0 at home by Asan Mugunghwa last Sunday. Asan had lost to Gwangju the previous round and drawn to Seoul E-Land the week before so Anyang may have felt as though it was an opportunity to pick up that elusive first win, especially given how close the Violets went to getting something against Seongnam. However, Lee Jooyong got the police team off to a good start with a goal inside 10 minutes, not what Ko Jeongwoon would have had in mind. Anyang were still in the game, though, but eventually succumbed and conceded two in the last 10 minutes, a brace form Ahn Hyeonbeom with strikes on 84 and 92 minutes.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

When these two teams met earlier in the campaign, Citizen came from behind to salvage a draw with former Jeju United midfielder Park Suchang expertly finding the back of the net in the 83rd minute to cancel out Jung Heewoong's 19th minute goal.

Last season, Daejeon managed just one victory over Anyang - a 2-0 win at Purple Arena in July last year. That evening, Bruno Cantanhede, now of Anyang, and the returning Kim Chanhee, both got on the scoresheet. A debut goal for Bruno and a welcome return for Kim Chanhee who scored his first K League goal since 2014 gave then-Lee Youngik's team a rare victory.

Overall, the Purples' recent record over the Violets doesn't make for pleasant reading with Daejeon having won just twice in their last nine meetings with Anyang. Overall each side has four wins, five draws, and five losses from the 13 previous encounters.

Team News

For Daejeon, with no suspensions, manager Ko Jongsoo has a relatively full squad to choose from. Shohruh Gadeov, Aurelian Chițu and Park Inhyeok all impressed during the win over Suwon, as did full back Park Jaewoo who aid on two assists against Suwon. All will be expected to feature on Saturday.

For Anyang, Goalkeeper Jeon Suhyun, defender Yoo Yeonseung and striker Bruno Cantanhede could feature against their former club. Whilst Yoo Yeonseung made his way to Anyang from Daejeon via Ulsan Mipo Dockyard Dolphins and Ansan Greeners, the former and the latter joined Anyang from Citizen over the winter.

Although Anyang gaffer has no suspensions of which to concern himself with, defender Choi Hojung, attackers Kim Hyunkyu and Marcos Antionio, as well as midfielder Kim Hyunjin are all one booking away from serving a one-match ban.

The Adversary

Despite lofty aspirations of a top four finish, FC Anyang are finding life tough in 2018. The Violets are six points adrift at the bottom of the table having picked up just three point all season. Yet to win a game this term, Ko Jeongwoon will perhaps be beginning to feel the pressure.

Anyang have been desperately unlucky in a lot of games this year, though - as Assistant Manager Michael Kim testified to when K League United last caught up with the former Daejeon Citizen caretaker manager before these two sides last met. It will be a similar story heading into round 11 too as Anyang, had they not have conceded goals in the last 10 minutes of games whilst leading, would have five more points to their name and the outlook would be generally a lot more positive. Against Seongnam two goals were conceded in the last 10 after being 2-1 up, and against Daejeon Anyang had a 1-0 advantage heading into the 83rd minute.

The draw to Daejeon in round five was the last time Anyang picked up a point having lost  four on the spin since, scoring just two and conceding eight.

Formation wise, Anyang originally set up a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2.

Who To Watch

Park Suchang

Park Suchang in action against Anyang earlier in the season. (Image via K League)

As part of the three attacking midfielders that play behind the striker, Park Suchang is proving to be a good signing for Daejeon Citizen. The 28-year-old joined from Jeju United over the winter has played in all but two of Daejeon's matches this year and has scored twice, making him Citizen's joint top scorer. Park's ability to recycle possession, arrive into the box from midfield and spread play has ensured him of a place on Ko Jongsoo's team sheet for the majority of the campaign and is most likely to start against Anyang on Saturday. His last goal was the equaliser against Anyang in round five.


Daejeon don't keep many cleansheets and so it wouldn't be wholly farfetched if Anyang did get themselves on the scoresheet. However, given Daejeon's recent performances, the win over Suwon especially, signs are beginning to show that the Purples might just be clicking into gear. Home win.

Daejeon Citizen 2-1 FC Anyang

Daejeon Citizen's Shohruh Gadoev: "I have a good feeling that we are going to win the next game."

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