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Preview: Daegu FC vs Seongnam FC

Preview: Daegu FC vs Seongnam FC K League 1 Round 6
Daegu FC will host newly promoted Seongnam FC at DGB Daegu Bank Park for the first time. In midweek, the Sky Blues returned home with three points from Incheon United away, while Seongnam had to settle for just a point at home to Jeju United. Will Andre’s boys keep their momentum alive, or will the visitors bounce back with a victory over Daegu for the first time in six years? Daegu FC Columnist Muyeol Jung previews this clash with help from Seongnam FC counterpart Giovanni Pieve.


Last Time Out

Incheon United 0-3 Daegu FC

After three games without a win, Incheon United hosted Daegu FC on Wednesday night in the hope of bouncing back with a victory. The Durumi immediately went for goal, and a good chance fell to Montenegrin striker Stefan Mugoša who had a shot saved by Korean international Jo Hyunwoo.

Halfway into the first half, the visitors took the lead through Kim Jinhyuk’s prompt efforts near the box. However, the game could have gone in a different direction had Mugoša have converted the penalty which was ruled out by VAR. Afterwards, Edgar’s replacement Kim Jinhyuk added the second of the evening with a stellar scissor kick just before the break. In the second half, the hosts tried to create chances, but Daegu’s defensive line remained watertight before Brazilian playmaker Cesinha made it 3-0 with help from Kim Jinhyuk.

Highlights: here

Seongnam FC 1-1 Jeju United

Newly promoted Seongnam FC invited Jeju United to Moran Stadium on Wednesday evening. The two teams were in desperate need of a win. It was winless Jeju who took the lead through Tiago’s effort half way into the first half. On 60 minutes, the hosts levelled the game through Mathias’s equaliser. Afterwards, both teams continued to press a second, but they had to share the points.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

The latest meeting between the both sides dates back to the 2013 season in K League 1. In spite of the season which saw Daegu relegated at the end of the season, Daegu went undefeated against Seongnam with one win and three draws from four meetings.

Head to head, Seongnam FC have the clear upper hand with 19 wins and nine draws from 35 meetings. However, for the last 10 meetings, Daegu can boast of four wins and four draws.

Team News

The atmosphere in the dressing room must be very high as Daegu Manager Andre expressed his satisfaction in a post-match interview after the 3-0 win over Incheon by saying “I felt the beauty of football today”. It was game for Daegu FC from a crop of players that are arguably the strongest side ever in the club’s history. On the pitch, they are systematically organised and disciplined in a 3-4-1-2 formation.

Coming into the first home game after the international break, there are no suspension among the squad, but there is some uncertainty to the line up due to injuries and rotation ahead of the ACL game coming up next Wednesday.

First of all, Daegu’s top scorer Edgar's availability, who was expected to return in the previous game, remains uncertain. The gaffer said “the towering forward’s injury isn’t serious, but the recovery looks a bit sluggish, and I didn’t want to take any risks”. But Andre also added that the striker will likely return from injury within a week, implying he could be on the bench this Saturday. Edgar's understudy, Kim Jinhyuk, bagged himself two goals on this Wednesday and is likely to start again instead of the Brazilian.

The starting XI in the previous game was exactly identical to the one before, but there were a few notable changes to the bench. Jang Sungwon, Ryu Jaemoon and Lee Junehee dropped out of the squad, replaced by Dario, Kang Yoonku, and Choi Youngeun.

The Adversary

The Magpies entered this season ready to prove that they belong in the K League 1 but so far have not been able to live up to their own expectations. They enter this match with only four points and are near the bottom of the table. Seongnam have struggled a bit defensively usually going long stretches with little possession while facing constant attacks from the their opponents.

On the offensive side there’s been some success from Seongnam as they have averaged a goal per match and some very nice finishes such as Mathias’s equalizing goal against Jeju that came off a well placed through-ball from Kim Min-hyeok. The offense can be best described as inconsistent. When they are connecting well the passes are fluid and great chances are created. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and that can be somewhat expected with Manager Nam Ki-il still testing different lineups every week.

After his performance against Jeju, where he was named Man of the Match, it's possible that we will see Mathias back on the pitch after not having made much of an impact in the earlier rounds. Additionally, only time will tell until we see Seongnam’s newly acquired foreigner Jaja on the pitch.
- Giovanni Pieve


Who To Watch

Cesinha

Preview: Daegu FC vs Seongnam FC K League 1 Round 6 Cesinha

It has been an amazing month for Daegu FC playmaker Cesinha. The Brazilian has now been directly involved with eight K League goals which Daegu have scored this season with three goals and three assists and considered as the best overseas player in the K League. Thanks to the efforts he has put in, at the moment, he is one of the four nominees for the Player of the Month for K League. Not to mention his individual skill and potency from long range like the rocket against Gyeongnam. At the moment, Cesinha is on the verge of achieving 30 goals and 30 assists in K League with 29 of each.

Prediction

Coming into this fixture, Daegu have a couple of factors to carefully consider for the long term, but given their current fine form, Daegu will be the favourites to get the result at home this Saturday.

Daegu FC 2-0 Seongnam FC

K League 1 Round 6 Preview: here

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