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Preview: Daejeon Citizen vs Asan Mugunghwa

Preview: Daejeon Citizen vs Asan Mugunghwa K League 2
Sat in third place Daejeon Citizen welcome top-of-the-league Asan Mugunghwa to Purple Arena this Saturday for another crucial match in the race for promotion. The Purples' unbeaten run now stands at 10 matches and, as a result, have a seven point lead over fifth. Asan, meanwhile, are two points clear at the top of the table and will know that anything less than a win could see them slip back into second as the police team gun for the K2 title.
(image via K League)

Overview

via Soccerway

Last Time Out

Ansan Greeners 1-1 Daejeon Citizen

Daejeon's winning run came to an end last Saturday when the Purples drew 1-1 with Ansan Greeners at the Wa Stadium. The hosts went ahead 10 minutes before half time, Song Jooho finding the back of the net with a looping half-volley into the top corner of Park Junhyuk's goal. Kim Jeongseok played the corner short to Jung Hyukjin who's out-swinging corner was met by Song's right foot 12 yards out. Citizen did managed to keep their unbeaten record intact, however, by pegging the Green Wolves back on 70 minutes. Young midfielder Kang Yunsung was teed up by centre back Yoon Shinyoung whose deflected effort made its way through a busy penalty area and into the back of the net.

Highlights: here

Asan Mugunghwa 2-1 Suwon FC

Asan Mugunghwa made it three wins in a row by easing past Suwon FC in a 2-1 victory at Yisunsin Stadium. Kim Hyun put Asan ahead on 21 minutes when Park Sejik advanced with the ball down the left-hand side before finding Kim Hyun centrally on the edge of the area. The on loan Seongnam forward, who is in his last year of military service, showed great poise to steady himself before finding the bottom corner. Lee Myeongju made it 2-0 on 58 minutes, Park Sejik integral again showing trickery down the left flank before squaring the ball into the feet of Kim Hyun. Goalscorer turned provided when Kim Hyun rolled the ball into the path of Lee Myeongju who let loose with a ferocious strike into the far corner. Kim Dasol in between the sticks for Suwon got a hand to it but was unable to prevent the police from doubling their advantage. Lee Jaeahn, recently returning from Asan, halved the deficit on 75 minutes but it was Mugunghwa who took all three points.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

The last time these two teams met at Purple Arena Daejeon felt as though they were robbed when police team Asan Mugunghwa stole a late victory thanks to an 82nd minute Heo Beomsan goal. The Purples felt that there was a foul on full back Kim Yeseong in the build up to the goal, so much so that CEO Kim Ho allegedly stormed the referee's dressing room at full time to express his displeasure. On that April afternoon Asan took the lead with a Kim Minkyun penalty on 22 minutes before Purples winger Kim Seungseop levelled just 10 minutes later. Then, in the 82nd minute, Heo Beomsam sealed the win.

However, the most recent meetings between Daejeon Citizen and Asan Mugunghwa have both come at Yisunsin Stadium where Ko Jongsoo's Daejeon team have managed to come away with four points from a possible six for their endeavours. A thrilling 2-2 draw in July was preceded by a 1-0 Citizen victory in May after captain Ahn Sanghyeon bagged the only goal of the game.

Team News

Daejeon Citizen will welcome the home return of Hwang Inbeom after the Korean international midfielder made a swift comeback from military service from Asan. Citizen won't have any suspensions of which to concern themselves with but do have several key players who are on two yellows, namely Kang Yunsung, Shanzah Tursanov, Park Sooil, as well as Shin Hakyoung.

Asan will be without Jo Seongjoon through suspension but goalkeeper Park Juwon could be set to play his last game for the club. The on-loan Daejeon custodian is coming to the end of his military service having spent the last 22 months with the police team.

The Adversary

Defender Lee Hansaem bagged a brace when the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in July (image via K League)
Asan come into their match against Daejeon maintaining a two point edge at the K2 summit following their narrow 2-1 victory over Suwon last weekend. Playing most of the match shorthanded after Jo Seongjoon was sent off with a straight red card after only a quarter of an hour, it could have complicated things drastically, but goals from Kim Hyun on 21 minutes, and then Lee Myungjoo on 58 minutes were enough to seal three points, even though Suwon pulled one back through Lee Jae-an with fifteen minutes left.

The visitors could have levelled proceedings late on, but Park Juwon stood tall between the sticks in what was his final match for the military side, as he is now set to return to Asan’s opponents this weekend. Asan need a win to stay top, especially knowing that their final clash with Seongnam approaches later this month on the 21st.

Now that they have bowed out of the FA Cup, the focus will completely be on doing everything necessary to secure a successful finish to the season in the league, although a final decision on the club’s future has yet to be made, although prospects are not looking good at the moment.

Nonetheless, it is expected that their focus will be on their opponents this weekend, as there is no room for complacency. The head to head has been very evenly matched this season, and Daejeon are a much different team now in comparison to the first half of the season.

With the exception of Jo, who is unavailable because of his suspension, all other players in the squad will be on hand for selection, although Lee Hansaem and Min Sanggi will likely see limited playing time if called upon as they were also booked against Suwon.

by Branko Belan

Who To Watch

Lee Myeongju


A Korean international midfielder who has a K League Title and two FA Cup medals to boast of, Lee Myeongju is a cut above in second division. The decision to join Asan, as opposed to Sangju, raised eyebrows and, with the season that Lee is having, it's easy to see why. The on-loan FC Seoul midfielder has scored four goals this term and, in 25 appearances, has made 20 key passes. Lee's ability to arrive late in and around the box will be something that the Purples will have to be wary of come Saturday.

Prediction

Daejeon's winning run came to an end thanks to the 1-1 stalemate with Ansan Greeners last Saturday and, whilst a draw away from home is not to be sniffed at, it may have brought the team back down to earth a touch. However, given how bullish Purples manager Ko Jongsoo has approached each game, Daejeon will be going for the win. Asan posses a lot of quality and a draw might not be a bad result. However, with the likes of Ju Sejong, Lee Myeongju, Park Sejik and many more, the league leaders might just prove to be too tough of a test for Ko Jongsoo's young team.

Daejeon Citizen 1-2 Asan Mugunghwa.



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