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FA Cup Preview: Suwon Bluewings vs Gimpo Citizen FC

FA Cup Preview: Suwon Bluewings vs Gimpo Citizen
Suwon Bluewings face off against Gimpo Citizen FC for the first time ever on Wednesday night, when the K3 Advanced team travel south for Round 4 of the 2018 Korean FA Cup. Suwon, the winners of the competition in 2016, will be looking to start their cup campaign strongly and they have the perfect opportunity to do so against an amateur outfit from Gimpo City. 
(Image via K League)

Last Time Out

Suwon kept up ground in the race for ACL qualification on Saturday night with a spirited performance against an in-form Gyeongnam FC. The Bluewings were made to work for that point almost immediately from the kick-off when when a poor cross from the left flank was completely misjudged by Kwak Kwang-seon, the defender allowing the ball to run past him and into the box; Gyeongnam's Jo Jae-cheol was on hand to slot the ball home from five yards out.

But Suwon showed resilience to come back into the game and they were the first team to breach the Gyeongnam defence in more than two months when they forced an equaliser in the 40th minute. A goal mouth scramble saw Suwon hit the post and the Gyeongnam backline make a string of blocks, before the ball landed at the feet of centre-back Lee Jong-sung, who lashed the ball high into the roof of the net.

Suwon started the second half as the better team and took a deserved lead when Yeom Ki-hun, playing from a new right-wing position, skilfully manoeuvred himself into a crossing position and with his right foot, lobbed a looping cross to the far post. Waguininho was on hand, and the Brazilian headed in his seventh goal of the season.

And had it not been for some suicidal defending, Suwon may have returned north with all three points. With the game seemingly in control, Lee Jong-sung attempt to control a long ball in his own area, rather than clearing the danger, and his heavy touch fell into the path of Gyeongnam's Marcão. The Brazilian's goal-bound shot was inadvertently turned into his own net by Kwak Kwang-seon, with Gyeongnam profiting from errors to score both of their goals on the night.

Full match highlights here

Team News

With Wednesday's opponents playing in the amateur league that is the K3 Advanced, outfit and a difficult fixture against Gangwon FC on Sunday evening to come, Seo Jung-won will undoubtedly ring the changes for this game and could be in line to make as many as eleven changes to the team.

Players who haven't had as much game time recently may come back into the fray, along with some younger options who could possibly make their debuts for the club. 21-year-old defender, Kim Min-ho has been performing well in the R League and could be in line to start as too could Jeon Se-jin who, despite performing well this season, has found himself out of the match day squads recently. Park Ki-dong has also recently returned from injury and this may be the perfect opportunity to give him some meaningful game time.

The Adversary

Having only been formed in 2013 Gimpo Citizen FC have yet to win any trophy in their short existence and have also never finished in the top two of the K3 Advanced league. However, manager Oh Jong-ryeol has finally got the boys from the airport city competing for the title and they currently lie in fourth place in the K3 Advanced, only eight points from top-of-the-table Gyeongju Citizen FC.

But those title aspirations took a slight dash over the weekend when they succumbed 4-2 to fellow title chasers FC Pocheon. Midfielders Kim Do-ho and Lee Hui-jun scored the goals for Gimpo that day but, interestingly, one of the assists was provided by former Bluewings player Seo Jung-jin. The 28-year-old forward broke into the Suwon team in 2013 and famously played in Suwon's 5-1 dismantling of FC Seoul in 2015 as his career began to peak. However, a downturn in form saw him drop out of Seo Jung-won's plans and, after subsequent unsuccessful loans to Ulsan Hyundai and Seoul E-Land, he decided to drop out of professional football.

Who To Watch

With the opportunity to hand some first team football to the plethora of young talent at the club Seo Jung-won may want to give a debut to current Korea Under-21 international, Park Ji-min. The goalkeeper has been part of the match day squad for the previous two games and is rated highly by the manager after being a key component of Suwon's recent successful youth teams.

Prediction

It's the FA Cup, and as Mokpo City FC showed last season when they knocked out former Asian Champions League winners, Seongnam FC, anything can happen. But if Suwon approach this game in the right manner and show due respect to their opponents then a rather one-sided contest should be expected. But if they don't give the fixture the respect it requires then it could well be a happy return home for Seo Jung-jin. 

Suwon Bluewings 3-0 Gimpo Citizen FC


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