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Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs Gwangju FC

Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs Gwangju K League 2 Round 14
Daejeon Citizen's mini purple patch of form came to an end last weekend with a 4-2 away defeat to league leaders Seongnam. However, whilst a win against the Magpies was perhaps unlikely, Citizen host Gwangju FC this Sunday and will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible to keep the playoff places within sight.
(image via K League)

Last Time Out

Daejeon Citizen succumbed to the might of league leaders Seongnam FC in a 4-2 defeat at Tancheon last Saturday. The Purples fell behind as early as the fifth minute, Yeon Jewoon putting the Magpies ahead. However, on 21 minutes, Uzbek midfielder Shohruh Gadoev levelled for Citizen with a goal that was enough to send the teams in at the interval level.

However, in the first minute of the second period, Moon Sangyun restored Seongnam's lead before former Pohang Steeler Muralha made it 3-1 just shy of the hour mark. Jung Seungmin made it 4-1 on 66 before Aurelian Chițu pulled one back in the 86th minute.

Highlights: here

Gwangju, meanwhile, make the trip north to Purple Arena on the back of a 1-0 win away to Suwon FC. Top scorer Na Sangho bagged the only goal of the game in the 68th minute.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

On the April 1st, Citizen proved they were no fools when Ko Jongsoo's men picked up a 1-0 win away to Gwangju. A header from Shohruh Gadoev just after the hour mark was enough to see the Purples head back to Daejeon with their share of the spoils.

However, prior to which, it has been three years since these two sides have faced off against each other. In Daejeon's ill-fated relegation season in 2015 the Purples faced Gwangju five times that year, four in the league and once in the FA Cup. From the four league meetings, Citizen won just once, lost twice, with the remaining game ending in a 0-0 stalemate. In the FA Cup, the Purples sealed a 1-0 win at home - the last time Citizen beat Gwangju at Purple Arena.

However, Daejeon's last league victory over Gwangju at home dates back to 2014. On 13th April that year, a brace each from Kim Chanhee and Adriano with goals on 40 and 52 minutes and 64 and 71 minutes respectively gave the Purples a 4-0 win.

Overall, these two sides have met 17 times. Daejeon have eight victories, Gwangju have five and the remaining four were draws.

Team News

Daejeon have no suspensions to concern themselves with but now have no fewer than six players on two yellows. Forward Aurelian Chițu, vice skipper Ahn Sanghyeon, towering centre-back Yoon Jungseong, midfielder Park Suchang, Club Captain Oh Jangeun, and promising young midfielder Park Sooil are all just one yellow away from a one-match ban.

Injury wise, the aforementioned Oh Jangeun made a substitute appearance in the 1-0 win over Asan, but remained on the bench for the 4-2 defeat to Seongnam last Saturday. However, the former Suwon Bluewings man may be called upon to take the load off of Ahn Sanghyeon in that defensive midfield area.

Prior to the 4-2 defeat at Tancheon, Citizen gaffer Ko Jongsoo had named the same back four and goalkeeper consistently since the middle of April but, after shipping four last time out, may feel like a change is necessary for Sunday's visit of Gwangju

Gwangju will have midfielder Jung Yeongcheong available for selection again. The 25-year-old former Jeju United man received two bookings during Gwangju's 3-2 defeat against Anyang and so was forced to sit out the win over Suwon at the weekend.

The Adversary

Recently relegated from the first tier, Gwangju are locked on the same points as Daejeon but, due to an inferior goals scored tally, sit a position below the Purples in the table. Whereas Citizen have been somewhat black and white in the sense that, if they haven't won they've lost, Gwangju have just as many draws as they do victories - four. However, Gwangju have lost one game fewer than Citizen - six compared to Daejeon's five.

Tactically, last time out Gwangju were set up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with star man Na Sangho as the loan striker. Given the success it brought them against Suwon away from home, a similar formation is likely to be expected.

Gwangju FC Lineup Vs Suwon FC R13

Who To Watch

Na Sangho


Na Sangho is Gwangju's top goalscorer this season with six strikes to his name thus far from 12 starts. The 21-year-old's goals make up for eight points alone, plus the brace the second-year professional notched during the 5-0 demolition of Suwon in late April. Gwangju's number 10 is lively and could be one to keep an eye out for come Sunday, especially given that the the South Jeolla outfit's number 10 bagged the winner last time out.

Prediction

The defeat to Seongnam will have been disappointing for Daejeon, especially having drawn level soon after falling behind, but won't have done too much damage to morale considering where the Magpies are in the table. However, Gwangju beat Suwon FC away last time out and will feel that a result at Purple Arena is far from out of the question. Nevertheless, a narrow Daejeon win is perhaps the most likely outcome.

Daejeon Citizen 1-0 Gwangju FC




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