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Preview: Daejeon Hana Citizen vs FC Anyang

Preview: Daejeon Hana Citizen vs FC Anyang K League 2 Round 8
K League 2 table-toppers Daejeon Hana Citizen host a struggling FC Anyang side this Saturday evening in Round 8 of the 2020 Hana 1Q K League 2 season. Whilst the Purples will be seeking a first win over Anyang since 2018, the Violets will be hoping to get back to winning ways following defeat last time out.

Overview

Fixture: Daejeon Hana Citizen (1st) vs FC Anyang (9th), K League 2 Round 8
Venue: Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 19:00 KST
Form: Daejeon: WDWLW Anyang: WDWDL

Last Time Out

Daejeon Hana Citizen 2-0 Jeonnam Dragons

Daejeon got back to winning ways last Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Jeonnam Dragons. Jeonnam made the trip to Purple Arena as the league's only unbeaten side and with just two goals conceded all season. However, Andre Luis and former Dragon Bruno Baio sealed a comfortable win against a 10-men Dragons side.

The Purples got up and running two minutes into the second half, Andre Luis finding the bottom corner with aplomb after picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box. Lee Seul-chan, who spent  eight years with Jeonnam, sent a low cross in towards the penalty spot but deflected into the path of Andre. On the hour mark, Jo Yun-Hyeong was given his marching orders after what referee Song Min-seok deemed the 24-year-old's tackle on Lee Kyu-ro dangerous - Jo had only been on the pitch for eight minutes.

Two former Dragons combined to seal the win for Daejeon as Jeong Hee-woong, making his first start for Citizen having had to make do with cameos off the bench, weaved his way into the box before squaring the ball to Bruno Baio. The Brazilian took a touch before finding the bottom corner with his right foot.


Highlights




Suwon FC 3-2 FC Anyang

FC Anyang's four-match unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday with a 3-2 loss away to promotion hopefuls Suwon FC. After Danilo Alves hit the post early on, the warning signs were there for the Violets. The deadlock was broken on 10 minutes, An Byong-jun heading in a Park Min-gyu corner from the right for the North Korean's seventh in as many matches this season. Just six minutes later and Anyang were two behind, An Byong-jun involved again but replays showed that the final touch came off a defender and so Yoo Jong-hyun was credited with an own goal; Mo Jae-hyun's cross was steered home via Yoo's outstretched right leg.

Suwon were out of sight on 33 minutes when scorer turned provided and provider turned scorer as An Byong-jun's low cross made its way to Mo Jae-hyun who had the time and space to take a touch, turn and find the far corner. The hosts were 3-0 up and cruising, or so they believed. Anyang then made a double substitution, Kwon Ki-pyo and Ha Nam off for Yoo Yeun-seung and Kim Gyeong-min and began to mount something of a comeback.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, Kim Gyeong-min pulled one back, finding the bottom corner from outside the area with his first in an Anyang shirt. Six minutes into the second period and former Daejeon utility man Yoo Yeon-seung narrowed the deficit further with a half-volley from some 20 yards. However, Suwon were able to hold on to seal the win.

Highlights



Previous Meetings

Daejeon failed to pick up a single win against Anyang last season, drawing twice and losing twice. Almost exactly a year ago, for what was Lee Heung-sil's first game as manager of the Purples, Daejeon lost 2-1 away to FC Anyang thanks to a brace Cho Gyu-seong. The first meeting of 2019 ended in a 2-0 Anyang victory, Kovtalyuk and Alex on target. However, the last two meetings ended in stalemates, a 0-0 draw in Anyang at the end of August and 1-1 at Purple Arena on November 2nd - Kim Seung-seop finding an 83rd minute equaliser after Mo Jae-hyun on loan from Suwon had put the visitors 1-0 up after just six minutes.

Overall, the two teams have met 20 times, both have picked up six wins each and eight draws. In Daejeon, the Purples have four wins to Anyang's three and three draws.

Team News

Goalkeepers Kim Dong-jun and Park Ju-won are both long term absentees and so Kim Jin-young is likely continue in goal. Daejeon manager Hwang Sun-hong confirmed that Seongnam custodian Kim Keun-bae has joined up with the squad on loan but is likely to be on the bench. Elsewhere, Connor Chapman is due a return and could be fit enough to be including in the 18-man squad.

Daejeon Hana Citizen lineup vs Jeonnam Dragons, K League 2 Round 8.
Anyang Manager Kim Hyung-yul may consider recalling goalkeeper Jeong Min-ki after the 3-2 defeat to Suwon in place of Yang Dong-won - both Yang and Jeong have shared the goalkeeper duties for the Violets this term. Yoo Yeun-seung and Kim Gyeong-min both came off the bench to score for the Violets last time out and so will be hoping to have done enough to earn a starting berth.

Neither Maurides nor Giyosov were in the 18-man squad last time out due to injury and are doubt for the weekend. Uzbek forward Giyosov has been limited to just one start so far, Maurides two - both have scored one goal so far for Anyang.

FC Anyang line up vs Suwon FC, K League 2 Round 7.

The Adversary

For Daejeon defender Yoo Yeon-seing (L) celebrates scoring for Anyang away to Suwon FC in K League 2 Round 8.
Sitting second bottom of the league, FC Anyang will perhaps feel as though their season hasn't really got up and running just yet. The Violets began 2020 with three straight defeats before a win over Seoul E-Land in Round 4 sparked a four-match unbeaten streak. However, the defeat to Suwon FC last time meant that Anyang sit ninth in the table and seven points off the playoffs. This Saturday FC Anyang head to Daejeon World Cup Stadium with the second-worst defensive record in the division having shipped 11 goals. The Violets' xGA is at 8.84, the third worst in the division, and so Kim Hyung-yul's men are conceding even more goals than expected.

Eulji Lewis

At the other end of the pitch, Anyang have made the second-most amount of shots with 88 but with a 33% accuracy rating, ranking sixth in K League 2 in that regard. Anyang like to work the ball into the box and are reluctant from shooting on sight of goal. Testament to this is that the Violets have made the third-fewest number of shots from outside the box but have the third-highest number touches in the box with 96. The Violets also have the tendency to try and cross the ball into the box and rank third in the division in terms of how many crosses have been made with 104. Kim Hyung-yul's men like to use both flanks too with with an equal number of crosses made from each flank (51). Another indication as to how Anyang might play on Saturday is how many headed attempts on goal they have made with 22, the most in K League 2.

Kim Hyung-yul has set his team up in a 5-3-2 for the most part this term but is yet to settle on a front two. Last year, a three-pronged attack of Palacios, Alex, and Cho Gyu-seong helped guide the Violets to the playoffs but, other than Maxwell Acosty, Anyang's other foreign forwards are yet to really find their feet.

What To Watch


Bruno Baio, a winter signing from Jeonnam Dragons, scored his first goal in Daejeon colours last time out - Citizen's second in a 2-0 win over his former employers. His compatriot, Andre Luis, leads Daejeon's goal-scoring charts with seven for the season already. The two are close friends off the pitch but due to Baio's injury problems, have yet to truly establish a relationship on it. Against Jeonnam there were glimpses of what the pair can do. Most of what Daejeon do in the final third will be through Baio and Andre and, with confidence sky-high, the pair will be looking to add to their goal tallies against Anyang. It will be interesting to see just how quickly they can develop an understanding and help keep Daejeon at the K League 2 summit.

Prediction

Daejeon's win over Jeonnam was huge, not just because Hwang Sun-hong's men were able to bounce back from the defeat to Seoul E-Land at the first time of asking, but because it was against a team which were previous unbeaten and had conceded just two goals. The cleansheet for Kim Jin-young, his first since October last year and only his fourth for Daejeon, will have given the former Pohang Steelers stopper a huge confidence boost. Daejeon therefore should be able to overcome the challenge of Anyang relatively comfortably but will need to remain tight at the back.

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