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Preview: Daegu FC vs FC Seoul


After their first victory this season, Daegu FC will return home to make it two, while FC Seoul are looking to bounce back with a win after a humiliating 1-4 defeat at home. With the two sides level on points in the table, K League United Daegu FC correspondent Muyeol Jung has a look at what can be expected from this clash.

Last Time Out

Seongnam FC 1-2 Daegu FC

Winless Daegu FC made a long trip to the north to square off against unbeaten Seongnam FC. Despite the visitors dominating the first half, it was the hosts who took the lead first through a spot kick in the second half. Afterwards, Daegu FC came from behind to record their first win thanks to two headers from Edgar and Jeong Taewook on a set play.

[READ: Recap: Seongnam FC 1-2 Daegu FC]

Highlights



FC Seoul 1-4 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

In what is called the "Legends Match", FC Seoul were thrashed 1-4 at home by merciless Jeonbuk Hyundai last Saturday. The game entered the half time in a 1-1 draw, but an early second half goal from Lee Seungki and a brace from 41-year-old Lee Donggook killed off the game.

[READ: Recap: FC Seoul 1-4 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors]

Highlights



Previous Meetings


Since Daegu FC came back to the top flight in the 2017 season, the Sky Blues have pulled off two wins out of 11 meetings in the league, while the Capital side have won four times. The ties between the two sides were closely contested until the 2019 season when Choi Yongsoo's side started to take the initiative by winning 2-1 three times in a row before a goalless draw at the final round of the season sealed the Capital side a place for 2020 AFC Champions League.


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Team News


The Daegu boys appeared to have finally got their fine form back last time out after prolonged lacklustre displays in the previous four games. Daegu's central midfielder Kim Sunmin spoke to the press this week,

"Because of the outbreak of the virus, we had to head into the season physically unprepared. As a result, we struggled a lot to find our rhythm and get our match fitness back. I think we have gone through it and we are finally back on the right track."



Ahead of this FC Seoul home game, Daegu FC will have the majority of their squad available for selection without any suspensions. In a usual 3-4-1-2 formation, caretaker Lee Byunggeun is expected to field his side quite similarly with usual regulars, but one of the back three remains uncertain between Kim Jaewoo and Jo Jinwoo after K League debutant Jo Jinwoo seamlessly became part of it and worked well on his professional debut.


The Adversary


For FC Seoul that recently appointed the former Seoul defender and Youth coach Kim Jinkyu as one of Choi Yongsoo's backroom staff in the team's reshuffle, a 1-4 defeat at home must have been a big shock.

They will come down to Daegu, determined to bounce back with a victory to be able to compete for top four in the table. However, they are in a grim state right now because of injuries and a lack of partnership in attack. Particularly, this year, their foreign imports haven't lived up to expectations; Spaniard midfielder Osmar has been out with a muscle strain, loaned striker Aleksandar Pešić out of the squad since his last appearance in Round 1 due to injury and contract issues, while Brazilian striker Adriano and Uzbekistan Alibaev are struggling, out of form.

Having said that, the gaffer will have to think who he will play in two places upfront for his usual 3-5-2 formation. Park Chuyoung, Adriano, Cho Youngwook and Go Yohan have been paired with each other after Park Dongjin's departure for military service, unfortunately, none of these combinations have been up to standard yet.

In defence, Kim Namchun and Kim Juseong will form a back three along with Hwang Hyunsoo, who is rumoured to be injured. In that case, Seoul could switch to back four with the two centre backs.

2018 K League Young Player winner Han Seungkyu will play a major role in his one year loan spell with FC Seoul

In the middle, Han Seunggyu will return to the squad and will be likely to play along with Han Chanhee in a more attacking role, backed up by Ju Sejong, Kim Jinya, and Ko Kwangmin.

FC Seoul have no players suspended for Daegu away this weekend.

What To Watch


Can Daegu FC take revenge on Seoul for the ACL place taken away from them last season?

I don't know what FC Seoul fans reckon about this match-up or how sentimentally they feel, but I am sure this game would be what many Daegu fans and the Daegu boys have been patiently waiting to win after deep wounds and frustrations they earned from their  last four meetings against FC Seoul.

FC Seoul players are celebrating earning a spot in 2020 AFC Champions League, while Daegu are in despair

Last season, there were two specific moments that prompted all these sentiments and rivalry from fans; the first incident was in Round 11 when Daegu defender Jeong Taewook had his nose broken after being hit by a Seoul elbow, which wasn't called a foul either even after the consultation of VAR. The anger continued to linger till the final game of last season when Daegu FC hosted Seoul in the hope of earning an AFC Champions League spot. Ahead of the final round, the Sky Blues needed a win from it, whilst a draw would be enough for the visitors to secure their ACL place. Unlike fans' had hoped, Daegu FC didn't get the victory over FC Seoul in the end, and disappointingly let their ACL hopes slip away to FC Seoul.


Prediction


Despite both sides having a quite contrasting atmosphere in their dressing rooms, I think the game will be fairly closely contested given FC Seoul have been always a thorn in Daegu's side. Nevertheless, I expect Daegu to get revenge on Seoul for taking that ACL place away last season provided Daegu are back on the right track.

Daegu FC 2-1 FC Seoul






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