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Preview: Bucheon FC 1995 vs Chungnam Asan

In round 17 in K League 2 the two sides with the worst form in the division do battle this Sunday to change their fortunes. Seventh place hosts Bucheon FC 1995 succumbed to their biggest loss of the season on Wednesday against arch rivals Jeju United. Meanwhile, Chungnam Asan have not picked up any points since July and are currently bottom of the table. 

Last Time Out

Jeju United 4-0 Bucheon FC 1995

This match was originally supposed to be played earlier in the year but got postponed due to bad weather. A typhoon hit Jeju on Wednesday and Bucheon will probably wish that this match also ended up being cancelled, after conceding four goals in a match for the first time since a 4-1 loss to Gwangju last June.

Bucheon never really looked liked threatening Jeju, but they manged to avoid conceding until the 45th minute, when Kwon Seung-ri gave away a clear penalty. Lee Dong-ryul subsequently dispatched it, and it was all downhill for the visitors from there.

In the 63rd minute Kong Min-hyun doubled the lead when goalkeeper Choi Bong-jin spilled a shot into his path for a tap-in. Kong then got the assist for the third goal, his pass finding Kang Yoon-sung in acres of space outside the area for him to curl home first time as Choi helplessly stood there. For the final goal it was Kang's turn to assist, as his through ball found Eder who was able to lob Choi within seconds of coming on to his score his first goal for Jeju. Bucheon are now five outside of the play-offs while Jeju are two points clear at the top of the table.

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Chungnam Asan 0-2 Jeonnam Dragons

Chungnam Asan added to their woes this season by falling to their fourth consecutive loss on Sunday, a defeat that leaves them two points adrift at the bottom of the table. Jeonnam took the lead in the 33rd minute, when a Choi Hyo-jin cross from the left-wing was met by a perfectly timed run by Lee You-hyeon, who fired hard along the ground passed the keeper with a half-volley.

Asan looked more comfortable in the second half and had more chances, but Jeonnam continued to look the more dominant side and were rewarded with their second goal in the 82nd minute. After a Jeonnam shot was saved by the goalie, Hernandes scored a poacher's goal by pouncing on the rebound, which found it's way into the goal off of the keeper's hand and in off the post. While a negative result for Asan, the win keeps Jeonnam in fifth place and firmly in play-off contention, just two points behind Gyeongnam. 

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Previous Meetings

Chungnam Asan have been victorious in this fixture 16 times, which is exactly double Bucheon's eight wins, and there have also been seven draws. Interestingly, three-quarters of Asan's wins have been when away from home visiting Bucheon. While this may give Asan a mental boost, that may be diminished by the fact that Bucheon have won the last three matches in the fixture, scoring seven goals compared to Asan's two. 

This includes the 1-0 away win for Bucheon on the opening day of this season, with the winner coming from a William Barbio penalty in injury time. Four of the previous six goalscorers for Bucheon in the previous wins from last season have remained at the club, and will be looking to add more to the personal accounts against the league's bottom side.

Team News

Jefferson Baiano returned to action on Wednesday by coming off of the bench to play the entirety of the second half against Jeju. Bucheon have no suspensions, but Guk Tae-jeong (who has played the second most minutes for Bucheon this season) is only one yellow card away from a one match ban.

Bucheon played a 3-4-3 formation against Jeju after spending several weeks playing 4-4-2. Now that they are in their worst run of form this season the manager might continue to experiment with the formation. However, lineup experiments might be limited as essentially the same eleven players are on the field at the start of every single match. 

The Adversary

Chungnam Asan have no suspensions except for the seemingly eternally suspended Lee Sang-min. Former Bucheon defender Jang Soon-hyeok is one yellow card away from suspension, though his last booking was in mid-July. Asan currently have the worst form in the league with four consecutive defeats, so the manager may decide to experiment with the squad in order to improve results. 

Who To Watch

Now that Jefferson Baiano is fully fit he needs to start having an impact on games. While he may be involved in a lot of key passages of play as a striker he needs to score. He has only done so once this season, and alongside two assists that is not a good enough return for the nine matches that he has played.

Until Wednesday he had not played since July 18th due to injury, but he needs to hit the ground running from Sunday if he plays. Last year Bucheon's Ecuadorian striker Marlon also took a while to get going, but he eventually went on to score 10 goals. This is a shortened season however, so Baiano has less time to adapt. Asan have  the leakiest defence in the league, so it's his best chance to restore his taste for goals. 

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Prediction

Bucheon must win this match to stop their season spiralling out of control, as their following three matches are against Daejeon, Suwon, and Jeju. Luckily their opponents are also in bad form and have both a worse defensive and attacking record than Bucheon. If Bucheon can finally show some ruthlessness, they should secure the three points. 

Bucheon FC 1995 1-0 Chungnam Asan


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