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Preview: Daegu FC vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Preview: Daegu FC vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League 1 Round 20
Halfway through the 2019 K League 1 season Daegu FC will take on league leaders Jeonbuk Hyundai at DGB Daegu Bank Park on Wednesday night, looking to end their four-game winless streak. Can Andre’s boys record a long overdue win against Jeonbuk, a first since 2012, or will a Kim Shinwook-less Jeonbuk keep on cruising as the leaders? K League United Daegu FC Correspondent Muyeol Jung previews this clash.

Last Time Out

Daegu FC 1-1 Gyeongnam FC

Two sides who have been on a win-less run, Daegu FC and Gyeongnam FC, went head to head at DGB Daegu Bank Park on Saturday night, but disappointingly they had to settle for a point. The hosts were all over the visitors throughout the whole game, having 10 shots on targets, but the visitors critically took a few chances.

Around ten minutes into the first half, a goal scoring opportunity came to Daegu forward Jung Seungwon thanks to some flowing, attacking football but Jung failed to hit the target. Afterwards, with the Sky Blues’ were dominant; Cesinha threatened the Red’s goal, while the visitors had two shots from distance, saved by Korean international goalkeeper Jo Hyeonwoo. Just five minutes before the break, Cesinha created three critical chances through his individual efforts; he fired a missile from distance, which hit the woodwork before encountering Gyeongnam’s shot stopper after showing great skill to dribble his way through the defence.

Less than five minutes into the second half, Cesinha put the hosts up 1-0 after he lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper. After Gyeongnam were trailing 1-0, Bae Kijong and Lee Kwangsun were brought on to find an equaliser. Finally, on 68 minutes, Ko Kyungmin looked for Choi Jaesoo on the left-hand side between the centre back and wingback, who put the ball into the bottom right of the goal. Next, the game was very open, but neither side were able to find a second and the game finished in a 1-1 draw after Daegu Kim Daewon was shown a direct red card for a dangerous tackle in stoppage time.

Highlights: here

Jeonbuk Hyundai 3-1 Seongnam FC

Jeonbuk Hyundai hosted newly promoted side Seongnam FC at Jeonju World Cup stadium, looking to get back to winning ways after four game winless run. On 16 minutes, the hosts took the lead via a Kim Shinwook signature header. On the left flank, after a throw-in was taken quickly, left back Lee Juyong delivered a great cross in to Kim who headed it back across goal. However, the visitors quickly reacted with a fantastic goal. Former Jeonbuk forward Eder cut in outside the box and elegantly curled the ball into the top corner. However, within ten minutes, the hosts regained their lead through Son Joonho’s strike after a lovely flowing move involving Lopes and Moon Seonmin.

In the second half, VAR played a major role in the score remaining 1-1 until Jeonbuk legend Lee Donggook came on in the 78th minute. On 60 minutes, the referee pointed to the spot, but the decision was overruled by VAR. Also, Lopes and Kim Shinwook found the net, but both goals were correctly chalked off for hand ball and offside respectively. While the visitors were in possession in Jeonbuk’s own half, some great play between Lopes and Lee Donggook created a one on one chance for the Korean striker, who killed off the game after putting the ball into the net with composure.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

Head to head, Daegu FC and Jeonbuk Hyundai have met 38 times and Daegu FC have only managed to pick up seven wins with ten draws to Jeonbuk’s 21 wins. Particularly, for the last ten games between the two sides, the Sky Blues have never won a single game against the Green Warriors with only three draws.

The latest win over Jeonbuk amazingly goes back to 31th March 2012 at Jeonju Castle which stands as the only win in 2010s. However, since Daegu’s promotion to K League 1, Daegu have never been a pushover against Jeonbuk despite the three defeats on the bounce last season.

In 2019, the two side met at Jeonju World Cup Stadium for the K League 1 opener on 1st March, having to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw prior to AFC Champions League matchday one

Team News

Thanks to a 2-2 draw between third placed FC Seoul and fifth placed Gangwon FC, Daegu FC still sit in fourth place in the table in spite of the 1-1 draw with Gyeongnam FC last Saturday. However, with the gap widening from the top three teams, only two points separate Daegu FC and Gangwon FC.

Currently, the Sky Blues have gone four games without a win in the league, but there are many positives they can take. With key players such as Brazilian striker Edgar, Japanese midfielder Tsubasa, and centre back Hong Jungwoon out due to injury, they are still able to play as attractive football as they did. For example, Daegu youth products Kim Taehan and Oh Hoosung, and Edgar’s understudy Jung Chiin stepped up at the right time and helped the team. Also, Andre’s lads look very disciplined, particularly in defence, as they have only 14 goals conceded in the league following Ulsan’s 13 goals.

However, following Edgar’s absence, Daegu haven't been able to score more than two goals in three games even though they created a lot of chances. In the previous game, Edgar’s understudy Jung Chiin started and played well, but failed to score for Daegu.

Meanwhile, the citizen club completed their first summer signing by bringing in former Chapecoense forward Rildo. The 1989 born-forward, who was officially introduced to home fans at last weekend's game, expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and said in an interview that he is ready to help the team to get three points. He also added that he won’t have any problem in settling in thanks to the Brazilian community in the squad from the gaffer to his former teammate Cesinha, even though this is his first step abroad.

Until the moment he left for Daegu, Rildo had been involved in the first team at his former club and so he won’t have any fitness issues. For the fixture against Jeonbuk on Wednesday night, Daegu FC Kim Daewon won’t be available for selection after he got sent off in previous game. However, Captain Han Heehoon and Ryu Jaemoon will return to the team after serving one game suspensions.

The line up against Jeonbuk will be similar to the team played last weekend with a few changes. Edgar’s understudy Jung Chiin will likely keep his place upfront with Cesinha, supported by the industrious Jung Seungwon. In the defensive line, Kim Wooseok and Park Byunghyun will start again with either Kim Taehan or Han Heehoon if Jeong Taewook remains unfit. In the middle, Kang Yoonku, Hwang Soonmin, Ryu Jaemoon, and Kim Junyup will be positioned as normal. Rildo could make the squad as substitute.

Update: Daegu FC Jung Seungwon is out for Jeonbuk game due to injury.

The Adversary

After a last exit in the AFC Champions League, six times K League Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai can focus purely on the league as they head into three successive important league fixtures against top four teams. Prior to the Team K League vs Juventus Friendly, in late July; Jeonbuk take on fourth placed Daegu FC (10th July), second placed Ulsan Hyundai (14th July), and third placed FC Seoul (20th July).

However, they will have to take to the field without Kim Shinwook following the league's joint top scorer joined Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, led by former Jeonbuk Manager Choi Kanghee. At the moment, they have only one striker at their disposal; 40 year-old Lee Donggook.

Under José Morais’, Jeonbuk Hyundai have been set up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, which is former manager Choi Kanghee’s legacy and they are still believed to have a strong enough squad that is capable of winning the title. Defensively, they have depth including quality centre backs such as Hong Jungho, Kim Minhyuk and loanee Kwon Kyungwon who joined this summer. On the contrary, offensively, they have limited options available and are reliant on Lopes, Lim Sunyoung, Son Joonho, and Moon Seonmin, while new signings from  preseason such as Australian winger Ibini, 2018 young player winner Han Seungkyu, and midfielder Choi Youngjoon have been struggling to get minutes.

Jeonbuk will likely come to Daegu with a rotated squad from that which faced Suwon prior to the ACL round of 16 tie with Shangai SIPG. Against Daegu, Jeonbuk have no players suspended, but one of José Morais’ backroom staff, Kim Sangsik will serve the last match of his touchline ban.

The Jeonju-based side will line up in their usual 4-1-4-1 formation with Kim Jinsu and Choi Chulsoon on each sides along with regular defender Kim Minhyuk and Hong Jungho. Next, Shin Hyungmin has been the preferred choice as the team's defensive midfielder, but could be rested due to rotation, possibly replaced by Choi Youngjoon or Jung Hyuk. In attack Lopes, Han Seungkyu, Son Joonho, and Ibini are likely to start along with Lee Donggook as the lone frontman.

Who To Watch

Despite Daegu’s four game winless streak, Cesinha has been instrumental for Andre’s sides again for the last four games where he found two goals and two assists. He normally plays as attacking midfielder, behind Kim Daewon and fellow countryman Edgar, but in Edgar’s absence, Cesinha plays as a striker, boasting great finishing and ability to unlock defences with individual brilliance. In 2019 K League, he has featured in 17 games and scored six goals with six assists


Judging by the both teams’ current form and lack of attacking options, Wednesday's game is unlikely to be a goal feast, rather Daegu might be able to beat Jeonbuk by a narrow margin.

Predicted Score: Daegu FC 1-0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

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