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Preview: Suwon FC vs Bucheon FC 1995

Preview: Suwon FC vs Bucheon FC 1995 K League 2 Round 18
Suwon FC welcome the road team, Bucheon FC 1995 at Castle Park on Monday. Both teams suffered a loss in their away game and it could be a huge challenge between the two for a win. Will Suwon FC put a halt to its losing streak and chase the front runners in the league, or will the visiting team give themselves a head start ahead of their three away games in July?

Match: Suwon FC (3rd) vs Bucheon FC 1995 (7th) 
Venue: Suwon Sports Complex
Kickoff: Monday July 8th, 2019 19:00 KST


Last Time Out

FC Anyang 2-0 Suwon FC 

Last Sunday marked Suwon FC’s second defeat in a row whilst the home team won two games consecutively. It was painful for the road team as they desperately needed a win to climb up the table to compete for automatic promotion. However, Anyang was the winner at the final whistle.

Anyang took the lead in the 52nd minute with a penalty awarded after a VAR review. The wall-pass between Kim Sang-won and Palacios allowed Kim Sang-won to swiftly remove the defender. Kim nicely crossed onto 21-year-old Cho Kyu-seong’s feet, which he dashed in to hit the ball. However, it was blocked by defender Kim Young-chan and penalty was given later after the VAR review. The kicker, Alex, composedly with a Panenka penalty added his name to the score sheet. It was his second spot-kick in as many games goal following last week’s penalty goal.

Things did not get better for Suwon as Kim Young-chan was booked for the second time in the match as he tackled Palacios who was about to make a promising attack in the 69th minute. Kim was sent off with twenty minutes left on the clock.

Just ten minutes later, Cho made it two for Anyang as he finely curved the ball into the net to silence the goalkeeper. This also marked Lee Jeong-bin’s first assist at his new club since moving from K League 1 side, Incheon United on loan.

The game ended as 2-0 and the visiting team failed to gain points but only to see a painful red card. It was a miserable night for Suwon FC.

Highlights: here

Jeonnam Dragons 1-0 Bucheon FC 1995

Fans who remember Bucheon’s flying five-game winning streak at the start of last season may be astonished by their current form. Bucheon are still struggling to find consistency as they failed to build on their victory against Seoul E-Land in the previous round.

Bucheon travelled down to Jeollanam-do highly wishing to continue their 3-2 victory in the previous match. However, the home team was ready to please the fans with a win. It took nine rounds for the Dragons to rejoice the fans with a win in their own stadium.

The first and the only goal of the game came in the 25th minute. Jeonnam was pressing down on Bucheon at their half and Ka Sol-hyun spotted Kim Young-wook who had his hand raised to signal that he wanted the ball. The cross was nicely delivered to Kim who then guided the ball into the corner of the net.

Highlights: here

Previous Meetings

The previous meeting between the two goes back to first round of the season. It was the stage where both sides were still brushing up on their team's philosophy coming back from the pre-season. Comparing the starting line-up between the first round and the previous game, Suwon have four and Bucheon with six different names.

The game was decided with Kim Ryun-do’s goal in the 51st minute which was the only goal of the match. Suwon was desperate to equalize and start off the season with at least a draw but it was Bucheon who bagged three points at home.

Team News

The identity of Suwon FC’s new signing to replace Sebastian Velasquez has yet to be revealed. Suwon was rather quick to clear its underutilised players as the 28-year-old midfield, Kim Boo-gwan has been transferred out to Busan Transportation Corporation FC this week. Kim played more than 50 games for Suwon and  was a versatile player who could play at the wing and center forward. Only Kim Young-chan will be suspended due to two yellows last week and no players are expected to be sidelined due to injury.

Meanwhile, no player is suspended or injured for Bucheon. This could be an opportunity for the visiting team to prey on the weakened Suwon’s defence this coming week.

The Adversary


Three out of ten is the number of shots on target were made by Bucheon FC last weekend. Only scoring twenty goals in seventeen games, Bucheon have conceded 25 goals which is the second most worst record in the league, on par with Jeonnam and Daejeon Citizen. It is deemed that there may not be any reinforcements added to the squad during the summer as the manager’s comment implies: “It is regretful that we lack in detail and decisiveness but we will still prepare well for the next match with the players we have”.

Then, who could be the breakthrough for the team that suffers goal drought? Kim Ryun-do, the 27-year-old midfielder could be the key. Netting five goals and delivering two assists in seventeen games this season, Kim stands as the top scorer of the team. The midfielder has been playing for Bucheon since 2014 and has played more than 100 games at the club. A versatile player who can contribute at both ends of the pitch, is trusted by the manager Song Sun-ho as an important member of the team. As the other attacking forces in the team remain quiet, Kim’s role to take the pressure off of his teammates could be vital to Bucheon’s fight for play-off contention.

Prediction

Suwon will be without one of its main defenders in the upcoming game. However, it is doubtful whether the road team can prey on the weakened backline. Also, the visiting team have not been too successful away from home this season as they have only won two out of seven away games. However, it may be a tough challenge for the home team to break away from their recent form either. The game is expected to be a tight affair between the two as both may adopt an extremely careful approach.

Predicted Score: Suwon FC 0-0 Bucheon FC

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