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Preview: Daejeon Citizen v Busan IPark

Busan IPark conclude their run of away games this Tuesday evening against the K League 2's basement side Daejeon Citizen. Can Busan break a frustrating run of four straight draws, or will Daejeon muster the strength to finally pull themselves off the bottom of the table?


 Source: Soccerway

Last Time Out

Daejeon Citizen 1-0 Seoul E-Land

Daejeon Citizen arrested a four game losing streak with a surprise home victory against a resurgent Seoul E-Land side. Despite their league position, Daejeon were far and away the best side on the pitch, taking advantage of a lethargic and undisciplined E-Land performance. The first half failed to offer much entertainment for those in attendance, with Park In-hyeok twice squandering half chances just before the break, however the game sprung to life after some extremely questionable refereeing. Chancing a loose ball at full pace, Seoul defender Ahn Ji-ho man-handled Lee Jeong-min in a scuffle that would not look out of place in amateur football. Despite appearing to be a minor tussle on the television replays, the referee showed a straight red to Ahn, proving the catalyst for a wave of Daejeon attacks.

Seoul spent the rest of the game desperately trying to defend a point, relying upon Coutinho's pace from counter attacks to provide their only attacking outlet. Their failure to retain the ball led to the only goal of the game. Kim Min-gyoon and Han Ji-ryun were unable to clear the ball after a melee in the area, and Kim Seung-sub's half valley struck the hand of Han as desperately tried to get his body between ball and the goal. A penalty was given following a VAR review, and Kim made no mistake to give Citizen a victory that draws them level on points with the capital side in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.


Jeonnam Dragons 3-3 Busan IPark

Busan lost ground on league leaders Gwangju and are now six points adrift of the summit after coming from behind three times to salvage a point against Jeonnam, their second consecutive 3-3 scoreline against a bottom half team. 

Five goals came in an eventful first 25 minutes, as the two sides swapped goals with virtually every attack. Jeonnam found the breakthrough in the sixth minute as winger Jeong Jae-hee found Han Chan-hee in space on the edge of the 18 yard box. His tame shot snuck under the hand of recalled keeper Kim Hyung-keun to give the home side the lead. Busan's response was immediate as Lee Dong-jun's darting run found Kim Jin-kyu in acres of space to classily curl a first time shot beyond the keeper off the near post. Kim Gyeong-min then restored the Dragons one goal lead in the 13th minute with a fantastic solo goal. Receiving the ball on the half way line and preparing to shield the ball, Kim spotted the on rushing Alexsander Susjnar and timed his run perfectly to burst past the defender with a glorious first touch, putting him directly through on goal. With plenty to do and a tight angle to shoot from the left wing, Kim easily passed the ball beyond the keeper into the net. 

Busan needed to strike back quickly and were able to through a soft penalty, as Lee Dong-jun was judged to have been brought down in the box by Choi Jae-hyeon when attempting to bring down a long ball. Brazilian Diego justified retaining his place by dispatching the penalty, but Jeonnam responded immediately again. Kim Young-uk's outswinging corner was met by a towering header from Bruno, who took advantage of trademark pedestrian defending from IPark as they left three yellow shirts unmarked from the set piece. Jeonnam huffed and puffed as they attempted to add to their lead over the next 65 minutes, but were made to pay for poor finishing as Busan stole an equaliser in stoppage time. Kim Jin-kyu's brilliant improvised half volley from 30 yards caught keeper Park Jun-hyuk napping as Busan ruined the Posco party and extended their unbeaten run to six games.


Previous Meetings

Busan have an opportunity this Tuesday to attain their first clean sweep of the season, as they have won all three of their games this season by a cumulative score of 9-1. The pick of the scorelines was Busan's 5-0 victory the last time they visited the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, coming during IPark's strongest run of the season. Lee Dong-jun has notably scored in all three victories this season, with strikers Soma Novothny and Lee Jeong-hyeop both bagging a brace.

The overall head to head record between the teams: Daejeon wins: 1, Busan wins: 5, Draws: 1.

Busan IPark attackers battle for the ball in their 5-0 victory at Daejeon Citizen in May.

Team News

Daejeon Citizen

Daejeon have a full squad available for selection, minus their talisman Aurelian Chitu. The Romanian surprisingly missed Citizen's game against E-Land, and has provided a third of all the side's 18 goals this season. Rafael Ramazotti may be called into the starting eleven for Daejeon after a lively cameo performance against Seoul, with the team needing to find a new source of goals.

Busan IPark 

After two embarrassing defensive performances, Busan will likely reshuffle their defence. The return of Kim Myoung-jun from suspension will be welcomed and he should resume a largely successful central defensive partnership with Alexsandar Susjnar. Questions remain at right back with Kim Moon-hwan's return date from injury unknown. Lee Jong-min and Park Joon-gang will compete for a starting spot despite neither impressing in recent weeks.

Coach Cho Duk-jae has been criticised by some supporters after dropping goalkeeper Choi Pil-soo after Busan's draw with Seoul E-Land. Choi was replaced by much maligned stopper Kim Hyung-keun, whom did nothing to support a long term claim for the starting position after suspect goalkeeping for the first two goals against Jeonnam.

Elsewhere, Romulo is still sidelined and so Kim Jin-kyu will retain his place as the team's creative force. Lee Jeong-hyeop may be recalled to the side after Novothny's blank against Jeonnam, with Han Ji-ho pressing for a starting position after Diego Mauricio was preferred in the last two games.


Busan trail league leaders Gwangju by just six points with a crucial head to head encounter to come next Monday. Busan must take advantage against a Daejeon side which has looked out of sorts for long stretches this season, and are in desperate need of a clean sheet and victory as the side looks to build mental strength before the business end of the season. Busan should have enough to break down their opponents and take all three points, but perhaps the manner of the performance will be more important here than the result.

Predicted ScoreDaejeon Citizen 0-1 Busan IPark

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