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Preview: FC Seoul vs Incheon United

Preview: FC Seoul vs Incheon United K League 1
Another game without a win for FC Seoul leaves Lee Eulyong's men in desperate need of three points ahead of Wednesday's Gyeongin Derby match against Incheon United. Whilst the Durumi are four points adrift and rooted to the foot of the table, FC Seoul are in grave danger of being dragged into the relegation mire. Just three points separates tenth from sixth and so a win for Seoul could put the capital club back in the hunt for a top half finish. Incheon, on the other hand, will be determined to narrow the gap between themselves and Jeonnam Dragons in eleventh.
(image via K League)

Overview

via Soccerway

Last Time Out

Gyeongnam FC 2-1 FC Seoul

FC Seoul suffered another damaging defeat on Saturday afternoon, this time away to AFC Champions League-chasing Gyeongnam FC. Seoul got off to somewhat of a nightmare start when forward Anderson Lopes was dismissed for two bookable offences, the first on 15 minutes and the second just three minutes later. Despite having a man less, however, it was the visitors to Changwon Football Center who took the lead; young winger Kim Hangil guiding the ball into the corner from a Shin Kwanghoon cross in the last minute of the first half to give Seoul an unlikely lead.

However, at half time, Gyeongnam introduced their danger man and top scorer Marcão, who came of the bench in place of Cho Youngcheol. Within 15 minutes the Brazilian had restored parity with a typical finish, finding space on the edge of the box to turn before creating an angle for himself to slot into the far corner past a helpless Yang Hanbin. Gyeongnam’s comeback was complete with 11 minutes from time, Bae Kijong with the strike. Seoul now have five defeats from their last six and just four points above the relegation playoff place.

Highlights: here

Pohang Steelers 1-0 Incheon United

A Kim Seungdae penalty in the 11th minute left Incheon United rooted to the foot of the K League 1 table. Pohang's Kang Sangwoo was dragged to the floor by Kim Boseop, leaving referee Ko Kyungjin with little choice but to point to the spot. Up stepped Pohang legend Kim Seungdae who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner, wrong-footing Incheon goalkeeper Jung San in the process. The defeat was Incheon's first in four after two wins and two draws prior to the trip to the Steelyard.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

Wednesday's clash will be the third meeting between FC Seoul and Incheon United this term. The most recent saw Incheon run out 2-1 winners in July, coming from behind to win via a late Moon Seonmin strike that gave Jørn Andersen his first win as Incheon gaffer. Lee Sangho put Seoul ahead early into the second half before Nam Jaejun levelled on 13 minutes. Central defender Lee Woonghee was dismissed on 78 minutes for FC Seoul, nine minutes later Moon Seonmin slotted home the winner to send the Incheon supporters into raptures.

The most recent meeting at Sangam proved to be fruitful for Incheon also. Supersub Song Siwoo levelled late on after Evandro had put Seoul ahead just after the restart.

From the 46 previous encounters FC Seoul have 26 wins whilst Incheon United have 10, only one of which was at Sangam.

Team News

FC Seoul will be without Anderson Lopes after the Brazilian striker was sent off for two bookable offences during the 2-1 away defeat to Gyeongnam. Bojan Matic, Evandro Paulista, or Yun Jutae are the options for Seoul gaffer Lee Eulyong. Park Chuyoung isn't expected to be involved, however. The FC Seoul number 10 dismissed notions that he was currently injured and was in fact fit to play but has been conspicuous by his absence, sparking rumours of a possible bust-up with caretaker manager Lee Eulyong. Elsewhere, Ha Daesung is nearing a return to first time action but Wednesday's Gyeongin Derby might be too soon for the 33 year-old former FC Seoul captain.

Incheon United have three players suspended for Wednesday’s derby game. Kwabana Appiah-Kubi and Jung Dongyoon both picked up their third bookings of the season on Saturday against Pohang. Kim Boseob will also be missing as the young winger was sent off this past Saturday.

The Adversary

The Gyeongin Derby is the biggest game of the season for Incheon United and due to their uncomfortable league position at the moment, this is also a six-pointer. Incheon have struggled in recent weeks only picking up two wins in six games but can take heart from knowing that Seoul are currently on a worse run of form. Heading into the Gyeongin Derby Incheon could well replace the suspended trio like for like: Mugoša will again be the target man, with Moon Seon-Min and Aguilar providing the backup moving forward.

By Tim Barnes

Who To Watch

Moon Seonmin


Korean international winger Moon Seonmin has already proven to be a nuisance for FC Seoul this season. The 26 year-old fired home a late winner in the last Gyeongin Derby at Sungui Arena Park in July this year. Moon is currently the leading Korean goalscorer in K League 1 and can boast of goals against Suwon Bluewings, Gyeongnam, and Jeonbuk this term. FC Seoul's defence has shipped 11 goals from their last six and will need to be on their guard to prevent one of Incheon's main danger men from adding to his goal tally of 11. Moon Seonmin likes to play in the channels and off the shoulder of the last defender whilst also have a tendency to drift in from wide areas. The full back areas will be key for Seoul in stopping Moon Seonmin.

Prediction

Confidence amongst the FC Seoul squad will be incredibly low, the team are without a win in six and have scored just three goals during that time. Incheon are propping up the table but have picked up vital points against the likes of Suwon Bluewings, Ulsan Hyundai, and relegation rivals Jeonnam Dragons in recent weeks. Furthermore, having already taken four points from Seoul this season, the Durumi will make the trip to Sangam feeling as though another positive result against their Gyeongin Derby rivals will be well within their capabilities, especially if Stefan Mugoša, Elias Aguillar, and Moon Seonmin are on song.

FC Seoul 1-2 Incheon United.


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