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Preview: FC Anyang vs Suwon FC


FC Anyang find themselves third place in the K League 2 after a wonderful away victory against Ansan Greeners last weekend. With games coming thick and fast can Anyang continue in their push for the playoffs? 

Last Time Out

Ansan Greeners 1-3 FC Anyang 
It didn't take long for the goals to start flowing at the Ansan Wa, as the attacking talent of Anyang this season had finally got some much-needed rest. They were all available to be at their energetic best. Fresh from his Under 22 South Korea call up, Cho Kyu-sung headed home from a floated in corner. Despite his now wrapped up head, he made no mistake with a deft flick to the back post.

The lead was extended just three minutes later, as a Kim Sang-won's outside of the box shot was parried by the Ansan goalkeeper right into the path of Cho Kyu-sung to get his second of the match, in less than five minutes apart. Taking his goal tally for the season to a remarkable 12, especially considering this is his first ever professional season. A comeback was possible, as moments later the referee gave a penalty to Ansan. However, upon VAR review it was pulled back as a dive.

Straight from the resulting confusion, Anyang raced up the pitch faster than the cameraman at the game could observe, and Alex scored the third of the game. His 11th goal of the year and put Anyang in a commanding lead in the first half at three goals to nil.

Ansan fought back well in the second half, with a slight formation change to being more dynamic and attacking. They were able to pounce on a poor back pass by Anyangs Yu Jong-hyun, as Bang Chan-jun was there to pull a goal back for the home side. Ansan were the better team in the second half, with plenty of chances to come back into the game, but with Yang Dong-won playing solidly in the Anyang net. Ansan were consistently denied from scoring. Anyang came away deserved winners after their first half display.

Watch the highlights from the Ansan Greeners Vs FC Anyang game here.  

Bucheon 1995 1-1 Suwon FC
On a lovely Chuseok themed day, Bucheon 1995 welcomed Suwon FC to the Bucheon Stadium. Both teams have had roughly the same season thus far, with Bucheon 1995 32 points and Suwon FC 33 points. Little could be done before the game to separate the two teams. Especially when both teams have a near-identical goals conceded record. It was obviously going to be a tightly contested game.

It was a surprise when the first goal of the game came quite early. As a looping ball flew high above the Bucheon defence, Choi Cheol-won in the Bucheon goal horribly misjudged his catch and at the back post and Baek Sung-dong was left unmarked to head home for the lead. Suwon piled on the pressure to get the second goal, with an outside of the box shot by Egbuchunam, but it was luckily saved.

The game continued it's very tense affair into the second half as both sides kept up counter-attacking pressure. Before the game the teams couldn't be separated and it proved to be accurate, as in the 76th minute a penalty was given to Bucheon, after Kim Ji-min dragged down the Bucheon player, denying his chance to score. The penalty was easily dispatched by De Jesus and the game stalled out to a 1-1 tie. A fair result for two very evenly matched sides.

Watch the highlights from the Bucheon 1995 Vs Suwon FC game here.

Previous Meetings

Anyang and Suwon have played each other quite recently being only six games ago, the score on that occasion was 1-1 in what was a very emotion-filled game involving plenty of cards. Anyang had travelled to Suwon for the Sunday fixture with an injury-plagued team, but a team that also hadn't lost in over seven games. Early in the first half saw the dismissal of Henri Anier after two yellow card offences, with Suwon now playing with only ten men the game became very hard to analyse, with Anyang controlling the tempo due to the extra man.

Late in the second half saw a Kim Won-min strike crash into the back of the net after a fingertip save wasn't enough to deny the Anyang cult hero his off the bench goal. However, in the dying minutes, a Baek Sung-dong goal was enough to steal all three points away from Anyang. With Baek Sung-dong in fine goalscoring form, as shown from his last match. This will be concerning for Anyang, because they have shown a lot of weakness in controlling the creative attacking midfielder in the past. Whilst Anyang have some acclaim in the recent head to heads, it will still prove to be a tense affair.

Team News

Anyang are getting back to their best after the international break with a lot of the players looking a lot sharper and fitter. The highlight of the year for Anyang has been the front three trio of; Alex, Cho Kyu-sung and Palacios. The last of the three was carrying an injury before the break and now looks to be recovering well. Palacios got vital minutes in the last game versus Ansan and after signing a new deal for next season, Palacios should be available and happy for this game.

Kim Sang-won picked up his sixth yellow card of the season last time out, but apart from him every other player who has been key for Anyang's third-place showing should be clear of any suspension problems or injury concerns.

The Adversary

Suwon are having a rough time at the moment in the league, especially at seeing games out. Out of the last 12 games they have only won one game. They have, however, drawn four. Before the last five games they were having problems offensively scoring goals to get the needed victories, but now they're suffering from defensive problems. They've scored seven goals in the last five games, but also conceded nine.

There are some positives for Suwon fans though, as the season isn't over yet. Despite the midseason slump they're currently in, they're only eight points adrift from the playoff spots. If Suwon can turn some of their draws into victories in the last stretch of the season. They could turn into a playoff contention team.

What To Watch

There are a lot of key things to look out for in this match. However, the most important thing is whether Suwon can finish the game with eleven men on the field. In each of the last three games, Suwon have played Anyang they have had a red card, putting themselves at an even further disadvantage each and every time. If Suwon can control their emotions and keep their players on the field, the previously tight scorelines of; 2-1, 1-1 and 2-0 could be different this time around. Anyang will be aware of this history and could use it in their advantage with taking a more aggressive approach, in an attempt to wind up the Suwon players. Which should be an interesting dynamic to watch out for.

Prediction

Anyang at home are one of the most formidable forces in the league. Their attacking prowess has been their strong point all season and they look at their best again. Suwon will be a difficult opponent considering their history, but Anyang have a big advantage in terms of firepower. Expect Anyang to come out firing in the first half.

FC Anyang 3 - 1 Suwon FC



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