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Preview: Seoul E-Land Vs Bucheon FC 1995

Time is finally upon us, where fans are finally allowed to attend games in the 2020 K League 2 season. A socially distance 10% of Seoul E-Land fans will watch their team take on Bucheon 1995 in the Seoul Olympic Stadium, this Sunday evening. On the pitch, it will be 6th vs 5th, with the away team only being two points higher than the Leopards. 

Seoul have won only one game in the last five (including FA Cup), and are desperate to show that they mean business this year. With teams dropping points all around them, Seoul still are hanging onto a mid-table position, just. A win could launch Seoul back into playoff contention. A loss could seal their fate for this year. Michael Redmond previews this one.  

Last Time Out

Seoul E-Land welcomed struggling side, Chungnam Asan to Jamsil on Saturday evening. In what was a game to forget for the Leopards. It all started well, as returning captain Kim Min-kyun took a shot from the edge of the area in the 18th minute. The captain has been full of goals this year and confused Asan's keeper, Lee Ki-hyun, with the strike. That was probably the only positive to come from the Seoul team this year, as they then decided to fall asleep for the remainder of the game. Attack after attack, Asan pushed on.
Some questionable defending from Seoul E-Land in recent weeks in the 2020 K League 2.

The first talking point for Asan came in the 29th minute, when Kim Jin-hwan, clattered into Asan attacker, Mujakic in the box. The ref went to VAR and said it was not a penalty. Asan fans may feel very hard done by, as avid K League fans would have seen penalties for less this year.  Asan kept on pushing, and they were finally rewarded in the 36th minute. After a cross into the box, it was apparent that Seo Gyeong-ju handled the ball in his defence. The referee went to VAR, finally, Asan got their penalty. Hellquist converted the shot against debut goalkeeper, Moon Jung-in. Seoul could have responded instantly, wonder boy Won Ki-jong missed an open header into the net, something strange was brewing in Seoul.

Seo Gyeong-ju was once again involved in the stroke of half time. He failed to deal with Kim chan, who slid the ball into the back of the net. Once again, for the second week in a row, some truly shocking defending from Seoul E-Land. The second half saw more of the same from Asan, Seoul couldn't put the ball in the net, and Asan missed chance after chance. Mujakic found himself one on one with Moon Jung-in on the 58th-minute mark and hit the post. A truly disappointing performance from Seoul on the weekend. Fans are happy with how the team are playing as a whole this year, but last weekend reminded them of the dark days in the Capital.

Full Time: Seoul E-Land 1-2 Chungnam Asan


Bucheon 1995 welcomed Ansan Greeners to the Bucheon Stadium on Sunday evening, looking to climb up to 4th with a win. In a first half, which was Bucheon shot, after Bucheon shot. Ansan keeper, Kim Soo-woo stood firm. Bucheon could not get past the Korean between the sticks.

Ansan came alive in the second half and tested Bucheon keeper Choi Bung-jin on occasions. It was not to be for either team, however, and they shared the spoils in this stalemate. The draw means that Bucheon go into the game against E-Land in 5th, and Ansan remains bottom, with still only two wins this year.

Full Time: Bucheon 1995 0-0 Ansan Greeners



Previous Meetings

In a memorable game, which saw Seoul E-Land go from 2-0 down, to win the game 3-2 in some spectacular fashion. I reviewed the full game on what was a memorable night for Seoul E-Land.  A game which saw Leandro truly come into his own. Seoul fans will remember this as being the highlight of the season so far.

Review: Bucheon 1995 2-3 Seoul E-Land

Full Time: Bucheon 1995 2-3 Seoul E-Land

Team News

Chung Jung-yong went with 4-4-2 formation on the weekend. Putting Brazilian Leandro on the left-wing, and pushing returning captain Kim Min-kyun, and Won Ki-jong upfront. Richard Sukutu-Pasu was absent in the game, due to collecting his 5th yellow card of the season against Jeju United, the week prior. Seoul were also without Choi Jae-hoon last week, after being shown red, also against Jeju. The midfielder will also be suspended for this week's encounter.

Seoul are really having defensive issues at the moment, the team cannot stay on their feat, and are giving away a lot of penalties. They are also not positioning well in games, and are standing still when teams attack them. Last week saw three of the four defenders keep their position at the back, Lee Sang-min, Kim Tae-hyeon, and Kim Jin-hwan. Seo Gyeong-ju was dropped from left-wing to the left-back position in the Asan game and had a less than stellar run-out.  Seoul E-Land do have options on the bench, that don't appear to be used for some reason. Kim Su-an, the Ulsan Hyundai loanee, has only seen four games this year, all off the bench.

Richard Sukutu-Pasu should be back against Bucheon 1995 this weekend in the 2020 K League 2.
The boss is experimenting, with putting new players coming into the club in different positions, whilst keeping some other players put on the bench. Ko Jae-hyeon has played in midfield and defensive positions, already this year, and the like of Lazar Arsić remains on the bench. Time will tell if the boss's tactics pay off in Seoul.


The Adversary

Bucheon 1995 have slowed down slightly, from their flurry up the table, earlier in the season. Bucheon have only one win in the last six, a 1-0 victory, against title contenders, Daejeon Hana Citizens. Bucheon are still fighting for a playoff position, but have slowed down in their quest. Bucheon have scored 11 goals this year and conceded 10. Their main goal scorer this year, has been Lee Hyeon-il with three.

Bucheon snook into the playoffs last year, with Ansan failing to win on the last game of the season. Buchon are looking to better themselves this year, yet they have hit a bump in the road to the playoffs.

FNR

Prediction

This could truly go either way. neither team have exactly been setting the league alight recently, and are both in need of a win. Seoul needs the win more than Bucheon, as a win would get them, once again in playoff contention.

It is still incredibly tight for playoff spots this season, and both teams really need to start turning up more, if they are to be in them positions come the end of the season.


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