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Preview: FC Anyang vs Bucheon 1995

Fresh off of Anyang's greatest ever victory, Anyang head into their last home fixture of the eleven games at home in a row. Will Anyang cap off an incredible home streak of five wins and prove yet again that they could be the dark horse for the K League 2?

Last Time Out

Anyang 7-1 Gwangju
Yes, you're reading that scoreline correctly. Anyang recorded their biggest victory in their club's history on a glorious night at their wonderful new stadium. Anyang decimated the undefeated team of Gwangju who prior to that game had only conceded eight goals in nineteen games. Anyang were unstoppable to handle on the counter, with Gwangju sticking to their attacking game plan despite the deficit getting heavier, Anyang kept abusing their width and it resulted in this game of the season result.

Twenty minutes hadn't even been played and Anyang found themselves two goals up, after Kim Sang-won scored from yet another Palacios cross and new boy Lee Jeong-bin impressed with the second of the match. Gwangju could have clawed themselves back into the game when a very fortunate goal was scored by Doo Hyun-seok to make the game 2-1 before half time. However, Anyang scored three minutes later to extend their lead with a wonderful Ko Bon-sang strike.

The second half was even worse for Gwangju than the first, they made attacking changes in desperate attempts to salvage a point. These changes only made it worse as all of Anyang's front three players scored yet again, with Palacios scoring twice. The first goal was by 'Sniper' Cho Gyu-sung who netted his tenth of the year. (In addition he was also mentioned by Editor Paul Neat in the K League 2 hypothetical All Star video, which can be found here.)

Every single player for Anyang was spectacular, Gwangju had no answer for Anyang's high press and utilization of width, it was glorious to watch and to do justice for each goal wouldn't be possible.

Full match highlights can be found here.

Busan I'Park 2-2 Bucheon 1995
Bucheon also had a great result, they successfully managed to draw with a very strong Busan team away from home. Bucheon took the lead before the end of the first half through a goal from one of their most consistent performers in Nilson. The Bucheon defender thought he could have won three points for the reds.

However, the lead wouldn't last long as the second half saw two Busan goals. With more goals from foreign exports. First was from the Hungarian, Novonthny. Who despite the pouring rain and bad conditions, managed to slip ahead of his marker and slot the ball into the net. This was quickly doubled as Romulu scored to put Busan with a lead for the first team in the match. Bucheon found themselves with only ten men as well as Gam Han-sol was sent off for two bookable offences.

Fortunately for Bucheon, they managed to get a equalizer in the last minute of the match. A freekick bounced off of Kim Young-jun for an own goal. The final whistle was blew and Bucheon successfully took points off second in the league.

Full match highlights can be found here.

Previous Meetings

It's interesting that Anyang's last away football match was against Bucheon 1995 in game week ten, because Anyang's last home match of their home stretch is this reverse encounter. The last time these teams met the game ended in a entertaining 2-2. The score suggests the match was even. However, Anyang were winning for a large majority of the game. They conceded two goals in the last eight minutes of the game. Which took them from a winning position to throwing away two more possible points.

This game was a very good learning experience for Anyang and since that collapse they've shown no signs of repeating. On the other hand, they haven't played Bucheon to prove they've made those changes. Both teams are very different tactically with the only similarity of both teams being their counter attacking approach. Where as Anyang prefer to exploit the flanks. Bucheon look towards the over the top and crossing approach more frequently, which over the course of ninety minutes really depletes the opposing teams fitness. Which is shown in their comebacks against Anyang and Busan this season.

Team News

Anyang will be fully available to field their strongest team, every player from the Gwangju victory will be fit and high on confidence after demolishing the best team in the league. The emergence of Lee Jeong-bin as the holding midfielder on loan from Incheon. Has been a wonderful signing, the midfielder has played four consecutive games for Anyang and resulted in a goal difference of fifteen goals scored and only three conceded when he's playing.

Bucheon will have a slight problem with Gam Han-sol serving the first game of his ban ruling him out for this encounter, he's started in 18 games this year for Bucheon and will surely be missed. Apart from that suspension the rest of the team who drew against a tough Busan side away will be available.

The Adversary

Bucheon are coming into this game with mixed results, out of their last five games they have drew one, won two and lost two. Which puts Bucheon into seventh in the league, a position they're unfortunately familiar with. It's by no means a very poor season for Bucheon. They have lost by very fine margins or simply drawn too many games to be in contention for those playoff or top five spots.

Bucheon have suffered by not having a clinical goal scorer. Their top goal scorer for the season so far is midfielder Kim Ryun-do with six goals. Bucheon's forward attackers have a combined four goals, which compared to Bucheon's defenders who have scored seven goals. This is a worrying statistic and highlights one of their problems this season. For Bucheon to have a push up the table they will need to find more consistent performances which might be through recruiting or utilizing attacking players more. Bucheon do seem to play better when they're playing Anyang and the rivalry factor might help motivate them to steal some limelight.

What To Watch

The most important reason to watch this fixture is the attacking talent that will be on offer, Anyang have scored seventeen goals in five games and look set to score every time they step out onto the field. The attacking triumvirate of Alex, Palacios and Cho Gyu-sung are deadly in their current form. Each player is playing at their best since they entered the league. Bucheon 1995 are also scoring goals, they've only failed to score in one of their last five games and despite some defensive issues are a very entertaining team to watch.

It's also the last match of Anyang's home run so expect some festivities and the home fans will be coming out in droves for this game, especially after the publicity of the 7-1 victory causing Anyang to be broadcast-ed on some news outlets. The match will be well attended and with some what of a rivalry between the two clubs the game could become hostile if Anyang score early.

Prediction

Anyang will be too powerful of an opponent for anyone in the league to handle right now, they're capable of outscoring many teams in the league with their very confident and quick creative players. Bucheon won't make it easy and will try and use aerial ability to be a nuisance so it's possible both teams could score in this fixture, but Anyang have a better chance of scoring more.

FC Anyang 4-1 Bucheon 1995



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