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Preview: Ansan Greeners vs Daejeon Hana Citizen

Preview: Ansan Greeners vs Daejeon Hana Citizen K League 2 Round 10
Daejeon Hana Citizen head to the Wa~ Stadium to take on Ansan Greeners othis Sunday for what will be the third meeting between the two sides in 2020 and second in the space of 11 days. Both the Greeners and the Purples head into the weekend's match on the back of defeats and therefore will be looking to bounce back. For Daejeon, climbing back to the K League summit will be their utmost priority whilst an Ansan win would help lift the Green Wolves away from the foot of the table.


Fixture: Ansan Greeners vs Daejeon Hana Citizen, K League 2 Round 10
Venue: Ansan Wa~ Stadium, Sunday 12th July 2020 19:00 KST
Form: Ansan: WLWDLL Daejeon: WLWDWL

Last Time Out

Jeonnam Dragons 4-0 Ansan Greeners

The Greeners suffered a heavy and potentially moral-damaging defeat last weekend, receiving a 4-0 thrashing from Jeonnam Dragons. New Dragons left back Oleg Zoteev set up Julian Kristoffersen on 12 minutes to get the Dragons up and running, a calm finish from the Norwegian who had acres of space in the box. The score remained 1-0 right up until the 72nd minute, that was until an Oleg cross from the right was turned in by Greeners defender Kim Min-ho for an own goal.

The goal sparked something of a frenzied last 15 minutes with the Dragons smelling blood. A third came on 81 minutes through Lee Hu-kwon, finding the far corner with his first touch after Chu Jeong-ho squared the ball across goal. Then, in time added on, after something of goal mouth scramble, Jeonnam made it four. Lim Chan-wool appeared to get the ball over the line, Lim Chang-gyun made sure. The defeat leaves Ansan second bottom, level on points with Chungnam Asan and eight points behind the top four.


Bucheon FC 1995 1-0 Daejeon Hana Citizen

Something of a frustrating Daejeon Hana Citizen display away to Bucheon FC 1995 on Monday night left Hwang Sun-hong and his men facing the trip back to Chungcheong-do without even a single point for their endeavours. Coach Hwang once again stuck with a back three due to what he calls, a lack of midfield options. One of his midfield options on Monday night, Yoon Sung-han, had a hand in the outcome of the match. The young midfielder, who scored in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Ansan just over a week ago, gave away a penalty with ten minutes to go until half time.

Bucheon's short corner found its way to Koo Bon-cheol, who seemingly wanting to make a late bid as an Olympic diver, fell to the floor theatrically under the slightest contact from Yoon. Referee Choi Kwang-ho didn't feel the need to check VAR, despite Koo appearing to dive. Up stepped Jefferson Baiano to convert and score the game's only goal. Daejeon looked much better after shifting to a back four but were unable to break down Bucheon's resolve. The defeat meant that the Purples slipped to fourth.


Previous Meetings

These two sides met just recently in the FA Cup with Daejeon edging past the Greeners in a 2-0 win. Former Green Wolf Park Jin-seop got the Purples up and running with a low, back post header on 15 minutes after latching onto a Koo Bon-sang cross. The midfielder's fourth of the season looked as though it was going to be the game's only goal but 22-year-old midfielder Yoon Sung-han made it two in time added on at the end of the second period. The win was Daejeon's second over Ansan already this term, both at home, having also picked up a 1-0 victory in the league at the end of May - Andre Luis' spot kick separating the two sides on that occasion.

Overall, Ansan Greeners and Daejeon Hana Citizen have met on 14 occasions; Ansan have four wins, Daejeon five and five draws. At the Wa~ Stadium there have been six meetings, two wins for Ansan, two for Daejeon and two draws.

Team News

After the 4-0 loss against Jeonnam, Ansan boss Kim Gil-sik may want to switch things up a bit. With the game running away from them, Kim looked to Choi Geon-joo, Kim Kyung-joon, and Lim Chae-gwan off the bench and so could call upon the trio on Sunday. Meanwhile, Soony Saad has not been seen since the Greeners' 2-0 win over Seoul E-Land on June 22nd and so is a doubt for the weekend.

Felipe too was conspicuous by his absence, although the Brazilian did start the FA Cup 3rd Round fixture with Daejeon just under a fortnight ago. The duo are seemingly out of favour but with Ansan struggling at the bottom end of the table, Coach Kim will be scrambling to find the right combination. However, defender Park Jun-yeong has joined form FC Seoul on a free transfer and so could feature as too could Yeon Je-min who signed earlier this week from Suwon FC.

Ansan Greeners predominant lineup vs Jeonnam Dragons, K League 2 R8.

Daejeon should have Connor Chapman back in contention after the former Incheon and Pohang defensive midfielder was forced to miss Citizen's last two matches through injury. Daejeon will be without forward Park In-hyeok as the former Hoffenheim man was found guilty of drink driving and has eight games remaining on his 10-match ban. Meanwhile, wingback-turned-central defender Lee Kyu-ro is out as the former FC Seoul man picked up a shoulder injury in the defeat to Bucheon on Monday night. Goalkeeping duo Kim Dong-jun (shoulder) and Park Ju-won (wrist) are both out injured.

Manager Hwang Sun-hong will be sweating about the fitness of Lee Woong-hee who picked up an ankle injury of his own in the 3-3 draw with Anyang otherwise he is down to just Lee Ji-sol as his trusted centre back. Lee Woong-hee is a huge doubt for Sunday and so Yun Kyung-bo or Lee In-kyu are likely to be recalled. Left back signed from Holstein Kiel, Seo Young-jae has arrived in the country from Germany but is still in self-quarantine.

Daejeon Hana Citizen lineup vs Bucheon FC 1995, K League 2 R9.

The Adversary

Ansan Greeners head into Sunday's match with Daejeon sitting second-bottom of the table with just two wins to their name this term. The Greeners have the unwanted record of having the worst goals-scored tally in the division with just six, only three of those have come in wins. It is of little surprise then that Ansan have the worst xG in K League 2 with just 6.81. With 88 shots, the Green Wolves sit fourth from bottom but third-bottom in terms of accuracy with 30.7% of all attempts on goal finding the target. For comparison, Daejeon have the best shooting accuracy in the second tier with 44.6%. Don't expect Ansan to get balls into the box from crosses, the Green Wolves rank bottom for crosses made.

In a bid to find a winning formula, fledgling manager Kim Gil-sik has used no fewer than 25 players so far this term. His regulars, goalkeeper Lee Hee-seong, wingback Kim Tae-hyun, midfielder Lee Re-jun and forward Kim Ryun-do all have nine appearances to their name and will be expected to feature come Sunday.

Kim Gil-sik has set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 30% of the time, a 4-4-2 30%, and a 5-4-1 22%. Ansan Greeners began with a 4-1-4-1 for the first 14 minutes against Jeonnam but soon shifted to a 4-2-3-1 instead. Personnel changes were made or players ushered into different positions but from 14 minutes right up until the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kim Gil-sik had his side set up as thus.

Eulji Lewis  

What To Watch

Daejeon's back line will be something to keep an eye on given the fact that the Purples have shipped 13 goals this term - more than their xGA of 11.13 - and have kept just four cleansheets. Lee Ji-sol has been a mainstay this term, playing every minute of every game so far. At just 21 the Korean youth international is an extremely important player for the Purples and is tipped to go and achieve great things in the game.

So far this term, Lee has had six different centre back partners, including those he has played directly alongside in a back three. The injury to Lee Woong-hee has disrupted Daejeon's search for stability at the back. But, with something of an injury crisis, the young defender has shown leadership qualities and is very vocal. Whoever it is that Hwang Sun-hong chooses to partner Lee on Sunday, the former Suwon Bluewings youth player will be expected to have something of a captain's role, barking orders- certainly for that back three/five.


Against a side which sits second bottom of the table, Daejeon ought to be aiming for a cleansheet and a comfortable win. But, this will largely depend on who Hwang Sun-hong picks in his back three/five. Daejeon are partial to going a goal behind but Ansan have scored the fewest goals in the division this term with just six. Away win.

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