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Preview: Suwon FC vs FC Anyang

Preview: Suwon FC vs FC Anyang
Suwon FC host FC Anyang at the Castle Park for the ninth round of the 2019 K League 2 season this Wednesday. Both teams clinched three points in their previous game and so Wednesday's contest is set to be quite the spectacle for the fans at Suwon Civic Stadium. Will the home team carry on their superior head to head record against the Violets, or will the an in-form Anyang make it four wins in a row in all competitions?

Last Time Out

Asan Mugunghwa 1-2 Suwon FC 

Suwon FC played an away match at Yi Sun-sin Stadium, Asan last Sunday. Regardless of Asan's poor recent form, it was a difficult match-up for the away team as Suwon had an appalling past record of losing all eight games that had been played between the two.

Manager Kim Dae-eui brought out the 3-5-2 formation while the home team set up in a 4-3-3 with fast paced players up front. There were some notable changes in the first eleven for the Suwon; Estonian striker Henry Anier was back in the starting lineup after four games of rest. Also, nineteen-year-old striker, Kang Min-jae, partnered the experienced Anier.

In the first half, Asan controlled the game and led the offence. However, with the misfortune of having their key player, Ahn Hyun-beom, substituted out in the 30th minute due to injury, their numerous attacking opportunities cam to an end. Five minutes into the second half, 23-year-old midfielder Jang Seong-jae scored his debut goal to get the away side ahead in the game. Anier dropped the ball down with a header in the penalty area for Jang mto hit a stunning strike into the back of the net.

However, Asan's equalizer came ten minutes after the first goal; Oh Se-hun, who was substituted in the second half, dashed in during the free kick to equalize the game. Then, Kim Byung-oh, who had experienced some off the field problems, officially announced his return to prominence with the winning goal for Suwon FC in the 84th minute. It was the first win for Suwon FC against Asan since its foundation.

Highlights: here

Daejeon Citizen 0-2 FC Anyang

FC Anyang’s outrageous upset away to Jeonbuk at the FA Cup  seems to have positively influenced their players. Anyang, away to Daejeon World Cup Stadium last Sunday,picked up another satisfying victory for Kim Hyung-ryu's men. The Violets made it two wins in a row in the league stage with this win, three in all competitions.

Daejeon’s defensive mistakes proved fatal; in 25th minute, center back, Lee Jee-sol failed to clear away the ball in the penalty allowing Anyang’s players in the attacking third easily convert, Mykola Kovtalyuk with the goal. It was poor defensive work from Daejeon that lead to both goals as another error in the second half from central midfielder, An Sang-hyun failed to clear the ball allowing Alex Lima to double Anyang's advantage.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

Suwon have held a good record (W11 D4 L5) against FC Anyang in past head-to-head fixtures between the two.  At Castle Park, Suwon have won six games out of ten. However, in their last match-up, the Kim Dae-ui's men suffered a painful defeat at Anyang Sports Complex by losing with a scoreline of 3-1.

Suwon was desperate for the win in order to clinching the position that can lead them to the play-offs. After three consecutive defeats in the league league a win was much needed but Anyang's Wesley Alex scored two goals for the home team to ensure victory.

Team News

Suwon FC center back, Yoon Jun-sung is to miss the next game due to three yellow cards. As Yoon had never missed a single game from the start of the season, it will be interesting to see who will replace him and also how well the replacement will cover Yoon's absence. Furthermore, 29-year-old forward, Kim Byung-oh who scored the winning goal in the previous game is likely to start in the next game.

FC Anyang has  no players banned for the upcoming match. It is anticipated that Manuel Palacios, who was given shorter time to play during the Sunday’s league fixture, may start as the main attacking option.

The Adversary

Fresh from a great victory against Daejeon Citizen on the weekend, which propelled Anyang into third place, the Violets come into this game with great form, three victories in a row without a goal conceded. With only two more away games left of their 10 on the road, with the team's foreign stars firing, and with team synergy being at an all time high, the counter-attacking Anyang head to Suwon.

Why have Anyang changed? Anyang have turned everything around at the moment through the use of their number nine, Cho Kyu-Sung. Using his work rate and size as a focal point, Anyang have found a way around relying on the skill or trickery of their foreign talent. Having the outlet of such a hard worker, has revitalised the attack and caused Kim Hyng-ryul's men to be even more threatening on the break, as was on display verses Daejeon and Asan through his stealing of the ball and general nuisance of a presence.

Whilst the clean sheets will be massive confidence boosters for the defence, it should be noted that they've rode their luck at times, but with hopes of such luck not ending any time soon. Anyang should be more than enough of a well organised team for Suwon to struggle to handle. Alex having four goals in seven appearances, and Kovtulyuk two goals in four, everything is showing to be positive for an Anyang resurgence. Suwon are a solid team with capable players, but the benefit of having stronger form should be the push Anyang need for victory.
-Paul Bettridge

 Who To Watch

Suwon FC - Kim Byung-oh

Kim is highly likely to start the visit of Anyang considering his recent form and playing time during the Sunday’s match. Kim, who was once wanted by many local fans to be called up to the national team, has come back with a bang after some off-the-field issues. Kim’s enthusiasm and exuberance  could be a big factor to determine the outcome of the game.

FC Anyang - Manuel Palacios

Joining FC Anyang on loan from the start of this season, Manuel Palacios has proved that he was adapting well to the team. Already bagging two goals in this season, the Colombian forward is ready to make his name in K League 2. Known for his power, speed and physical presence, Palacios creates chances by attacking the opponents’ defensive area. The back three system adopted by Suwon FC will have to be wary of the South American come Wednesday night.


Both teams have won the previous game and so confidence will be high and therefore it will be hard to predict the winner of an intriguing match-up like this. Yet, a win for the home side is perhaps the most likely outcome as Suwon FC have wide pool of players to utilize.  Stamina could be number one factor to consider in deciding which team will win a game like this where players only take a few days rest before the next match.

Predicted Score: Suwon FC 2-0 Anyang FC

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