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Preview: Ansan Greeners vs Bucheon FC 1995

Preview: Ansan Greeners vs Bucheon 1995 K League 2
Ansan Greeners welcome Bucheon FC 1995 to the Wa~ Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a ninth versus eighth clash. The visitors currently lead the hosts in the K League 2 by two points and recently appointed Green Wolves’ manager, Lim Wan-seop, will be desperate for a win in this one in order to leapfrog the away side and kick-start an ascent up the table. Meanwhile, Bucheon caretaker manager, Kim Dae-sik, will looking to put daylight between his team and Seoul E-Land at the foot of the division.
(image via K League)

Last Time Out

Ansan were well beaten by league leaders, Asan Mugunghwa at the Yi Sunsin Stadium last Sunday evening, losing by two goals to nil. Midfielder, Kim Min-kyun’s improvised close-range flick from Ahn Hyeon-beom’s low cross gave the home team the lead on the stroke of half-time. Provider turned goalscorer fifteen minutes from time, as Ahn Hyeon-beom's long-distance effort doubled the police team’s advantage and condemned the Greeners to a fifth straight loss against Asan in all competitions this season having also faced off in the FA Cup.

Highlights: here

Bucheon were also defeated at the weekend. 1995 fell to a one-nil reverse at home to a resurgent FC Anyang. Defender, Jang Soon-hyeok’s own goal was the difference, he bundled the ball into his own net after Violets’ forward, Kim Gyeong-joon’s shot had hit the post and rebounded onto him.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

The Green Wolves ended a run of ten straight defeats with a dramatic, late 2-1 away win over what was then Jung Gap-seok’s team in early September. The home side took the lead midway through the first half, after Bucheon winger, Jin Chang-soo closed down Ansan captain, Park Jun-hee’s attempted clearance, and calmly slotted past Hwang Seong-min to put 1995 a goal to the good. Defender, Kim Hyeon-tae’s hooked effort brought the away team level, and the visitors’ midfielder, Park Jin-seob completed the turnaround two minutes from time, with a low curling strike that evaded Choi Cheol-won’s reach.

The two sides had previously played out a one-all draw at the Bucheon Stadium at the end of May. Ansan went one up through centre-back Sin Il-soo’s far-post header midway through the first half, 1995 equalised on the hour mark, via a fluke cross from midfielder, Lee Hyun-seung.

The Greeners ran out 3-1 winners at the Wa~ in the first meeting of the campaign between these two teams. Bucheon went in front ten minutes into the game with a well-worked goal from the edge of the area, which was finished off by striker, Lee Kwang-jae. Ansan however performed a stunning second half reversal, Seku Conneh’s crisp low strike from twenty yards brought parity, and Choi Ho-joo won it with an exquisite dinked finish and a routine tap-in.

Team News

Lim Wan-seop will be hoping Hwang Seong-min will be available for selection. The Greeners’ first-choice goalkeeper was replaced by Lee Hee-seong at half-time in the defeat to Asan last time out. The goalie suffered a concussion, following a save that he made with his face from Ko Moo-yeol ten minutes before the end of the first half. Ansan forward, Lee Chang-hoon is pushing for a starting berth. The ex-Jeju United player impressed after coming off the bench last Sunday, his performance will not have gone unnoticed, especially considering the Green Wolves have yet to score a goal under their new gaffer.

As for their goal-shy opponents, Kim Dae-sik may be tempted to recall attacker, Jin Chang-soo to the starting eleven. The former Goyang Zaicro forward has seven goals and two assists already this season, including one against the Greeners, and added greater threat to the Bucheon attack following his introduction from the substitutes’ bench in the Anyang loss. Fellow forward Lee Hyun-seung will be available again after serving a one-match ban last time out after an accumulation of three yellows. However, Brazilian defender Nilson Jr. is a slight doubt having missed the last two games through injury. The 29 year-old lasted just nine minutes during 1995's 1-0 home defeat to Seongnam on 30th September before being taken off injured.

The Adversary

Kim Dae-sik's players have had a wretched run of results, which has seen them plummet down the K League 2 table with only one win in thirteen - run that lead to the departure of Jung Gab-suk as manager. Bucheon are the fourth lowest scorers in the division having mustered a meagre thirty four goals from thirty two games so far this campaign. 1995 have also conceded on forty three occasions, only Seoul E-Land and FC Anyang have shipped more. Sunday’s encounter promises to be a low scoring affair as Ansan Greeners have also found goals hard to come by, with a measly twenty nine to their name this term.

Bucheon Starting XI vs FC Anyang

Who To Watch

Preview: Ansan Greeners vs Bucheon 1995 K League 2 Kim Hyeon-tae
Kim Hyeon-tae in action for Ansan against Gwangju (image via K League)
The performances of the Green Wolves’ Kim Hyeon-tae have been a rare positive for Ansan supporters this season. The 6’1” ex-Jeonnam Dragons man has proven to be a versatile addition and has been deployed as both a centre-back and defensive midfielder this term. He has shown fine aerial ability as well as an impressive passing range, and has chipped in with some important goals, bagging the equalisers in the victories against Bucheon away and Gwangju at home.

Preview: Ansan Greeners vs Bucheon 1995 K League 2 Willian Popp
Willian Popp in action for Bucheon vs Ansan earlier this season (image via K League)
Bucheon’s Brazilian forward, Willian Popp will be sure to give Kim Hyeon-tae and company a stern examination this weekend. The striker, who previously plied his trade at Busan IPark, has shown that he is more than just a box of tricks having gotten onto the scoresheet on seven occasions in the K League 2 this year. Popp has also registered two assists this campaign and represents 1995’s best hope of a goal in this Sunday’s fixture.

Prediction

Ansan have disappointed since Lim Wan-seop’s arrival, the promising momentum that had been built under caretaker manager, Lee Young-min, appears to have fizzled out. Bucheon are also low on confidence, their form has nosedived following a fine start to the season. Despite this, both of these teams will fancy their chances of getting the three points from this clash, as their defences have been error-prone throughout the season thus far.

Ansan Greeners 1-1 Bucheon 1995


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