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Preview: Seoul E-Land vs FC Anyang

K League 1 Preview: Seoul E-Land vs FC Anyang

Seoul E-Land crashed back down to normality last weekend, after their shock win against promotion pushing Seongnam FC the week prior. An away trip down to Busan IPark saw Seoul defeated 3-1 by the seaside boys, and they stay in the dreaded last position in the K League 2.

E-Land returns home this week, back to Jamsil where they will face off against FC Anyang on Saturday afternoon, a team which gave Seoul, their first win of the 2018 campaign. However, since then, FC Anyang have won the last two games between the sides. Can The Leopards claim points off a team they have already beaten this year? Or will we see loss number eighteen for Seoul?

(image via K League)

Overview

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Details of the game between Seoul E-Land and FC Anyang in round 33 in the K League 2. (Photo Credit us.soccerway.com)

Last Time Out

Seoul E-Land made the trip down the country last week, in the hope of revenge from their disastrous 5-0 loss against Busan back in the summer. A Sunday afternoon kick-off was played out in a sunny Gudeok Stadium.

The game kicked off and Busan made an impact immediately in the fixture. Within the first minute, Busan were given a corner, and calamity struck for E-Land, as Rômulo dangerously put the ball into the box. Five Seoul E-Land players failed to pick up Ko Kyung-min as he tapped the ball over Kim Young-kwang’s head.

Seoul E-Land found themselves 1-0 down within the first minute and it only went from bad to worse for the leopards In the 28th minute. A fine through ball saw Kim Jin-gyu beat both Ahn Ji-ho and Kim Jae-hyeon in defense, only for him to line up a half-volley, and perfectly stuck it into the back of the net. A beautiful strike from the Korean and the writing was on the wall within the first half for Seoul.

Busan were in no mood to stop, and only ten minutes later, a corner pushed out was sweetly struck by an unmarked Park Jun-gang to make it 3-0 from outside the box. Seoul conceded three goals all due to defensive errors on their part as they just could not handle Busan’s set pieces.

Is In Chang-soo starting to feel the pressure? The Seoul E-Land manager will be desperate to not finish bottom of the K League 2 this year.
The game restarted in the second half 3-0 to Busan and Seoul actually managed to prevent Busan to score once more. After the 2nd half of nothing really exciting from the two sides, Cho Chan-ho headed the ball home to make it 3-1 the final score. Ch Chan-ho scored in the 87th minute, and it was too late for any kind of come back from E-Land.

Final Score: Busan IPark 3-1 Seoul E-Land

Highlights of the game can be found here.

FC Anyang had better fortunes this week when they also played away. They made the short trip up to Bucheon, in a hope of two wins in a row for the side.

The only goal in the game came in the 31st minute, and another clanger of sorts was the reason for the goal. A well-placed shot from Kim Gyeong-joon bounced off the post, and straight to Bucheon defender, Jang Soon-hyeok. He failed to get a decent touch of the ball and had to watch it trickle into the back of the net.

Another win for FC Anyang, and they could be back in the race for a playoff spot, especially as it seems 5th place is going to become an additional spot due to Asan’s demise.

Full Time: Bucheon 1995 0-1 FC Anyang

Highlights of the game can be found here

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was almost three months ago in the height of summer. Seoul E-Land traveled to Anyang in the hope of securing a second successive win, as they beat Ansan Greeners, the week before.

The game was played in sweltering conditions, and it was apparently due to the lack of goals and incidents in the game. FC Anyang broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, however, as Jung Hee-woong gave Anyang the lead.

The game played out in FC Anyang’s favor and they managed to claim all three points in the tie.

Full time: FC Anyang 1-0 Seoul E-Land

Team News

Seoul E-Land set up defensively in their game against Busan on the weekend. They played a 5-2-3 and looked to keep Busan at bay within the game. If Seoul didn’t concede so early into the game, we might have seen a more competitive fixture between the two.

Seoul just did not know how to shake off the early goal, and all the goals were from defensive errors, where E-Land just could not defend well.

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The defesive line up for Seoul E-Land, when they faced Busan IPark in the K League 2 last week (Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/seouleland)
None of the foreign players were in the starting line up for the tie, it is believed Bielkiewicz has a knock, and both Herrera and Ivan made it onto the bench.

In Chang-soo once again benched Choi Oh-back for the second week in a row. When coming onto the field in the second half, Choi Oh-back gives added energy, and really impacts the game.

We also saw Jeon Min-gwang make his 100th apperence for Seoul E-Land on the weekend, and will most probably also start in the game against FC Anyang

Seoul will be with no suspensions when FC Anyang come to town, so they will once again have a wide squad to choose from.

With Anyang also pushing to stay as high up the league as possible, we may see another defensive formation from the leopards, in the hope to prevent another flurry of goals put into the back of E-Land’s net.

Will Seoul E-Land show their fans love on the weekend, and claim three points off FC Anyang ? (Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/seouleland

Prediction

Seoul E-Land have confused almost every K League football fan this year. 2018 has brought a record number of losses in a season for E-Land, yet their victories have come against the biggest in the league.

FC Anyang will come to Jamsil in the hope of making it three in a row, and keep their promotion dreams alive. With only four games left in the normal K League 2 season, it's now or never for the boys in purple to come up with the goods.

It will be interesting with Seoul’s second to last game at home, to come up against a team they know how to beat, in Anyang. Seoul will need to give the fans a reason to return in 2019. Can they finish the season off and give the fans something to cheer about?

Predicted Score: Seoul E-Land 1-1 FC Anyang



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