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Preview: Bucheon FC 1995 vs Gyeongnam FC

In round 16 in K League 2 two teams that had opposing results last weekend face each other to continue in their quests for promotion. Seventh-placed hosts Bucheon FC 1995 threw away an early lead to lose against one of the league's under performing sides and need to bounce back. Meanwhile, visitors Gyeongnam FC won to continue their recent form and push themselves to fourth place. 

Last Time Out

FC Anyang 2-1 Bucheon FC 1995

Anyang earned revenge against Gyeonggi-do rivals Bucheon by defeating them with the same result that they succumbed to earlier in the season. Bucheon took an early lead in the 14th minute, when William Barbio picked up the ball from an Anyang corner and ran the length of the pitch to cooly finish in the Anyang goal.

Anyang equalised just before half-time thanks to Boadu Maxwell Acosty pouncing on a rebound from a saved Anyang shot, firing into the net with the Bucheon goalie down in the ground. Kwon Yong-hyun secured the three points in the 65th minute, when a through ball was deflected into his path and he side-footed into the goal from close-range.

Bucheon could not grab a goal and their night of misery was complete when midfielder Cho Soo-chul was sent off in the 88th minute sue to a second bookable offense. Apart from Cho, five other Bucheon players received yellow cards, compared to only two for Anyang. This result means Anyang are only four points behind Bucheon, while Bucheon are level with Jeonnam and two points behind Seoul E-Land and Gyeongnam.

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Gyeongnam 2-0 Chungnam Asan

It took a while but late on in the match Gyeongnam secured their third consecutive win, bringing them up to fourth place in the league. Asan started well but soon Gyeongnam began to look like the higher ranked team. Gyeongnam had a penalty appeal denied towards the end of the first-half, but in the end they didn't need it.

Gyeongnam came out fighting in the second-half and finally earned a lead in the 79th minute. A great run down the wing by Baek Sung-dong preceeded a pass to an unmarked Hwang Il-su, who managed to squeeze the ball into the goal at the near post. Asan then hit the post in the 83rd minute, but Gyeongnam soon moved up the pitch to secure the win. A long ball from the keeper found it's way to Park Gi-dong, and when his initial shot was saved Park then produced a pass that found Baek Sung-dong, who tapped in from the six-yard box.

Asan are now two pints adrift at the bottom if the table, while Gyeongnam are only four points away from top spot. However, they are also only two points above seventh place. 

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Previous Meetings

There have only been two draws in this fixture, a 2-2 draw in 2017 and a 1-1 draw in this season's earlier encounter. Yoo Ji-hun gave hosts Gyeongnam the lead with Kim Young-nan scoring the equaliser for Bucheon, and young Bucheon defender Kim Kang-san received the first red card of his career. Gyeongnam are the current leaders of this fixture with six wins in comparison to Bucheon's five, and Gyeongnam are now unbeaten in their last six matches against Bucheon. 

Team News

Jefferson Baiano might return from his hamstring injury though it is not definite yet. Cho Soo-chul is suspended due to his red card against Anyang last weekend. Midfielder Cho has played in every league match for Bucheon thus season and has played the sixth most minutes of any Bucheon player this year.

Bucheon have played 4-4-2 every week for a while now, so it will be interesting to see if this suspension forces a formation change. Left-back/left-winger Guk Tae-jeong is currently only one yellow card away from suspension, so the manager might be more cautious with playing him, though Guk has proven himself almost indispensable this year. 

The Adversary

Gyeongnam goalkeeper Song Jung-hyun has recovered from his injury and might return to the side, though back-up keeper Hwang Sung-min has performed well in his place and kept a clean-sheet last weekend. Centre-back Lee Kwang-seon has returned for selection from his one-game suspension. Gyeongnam now have a full-strength squad to choose from and could cause Bucheon a lot of trouble. However, Bae Seung-jin and Choi Jun are both only one yellow card away from suspension, so might found themselves out of the squad. 

What To Watch

Can Bucheon stop conceding on the second-half of a home match? Several times this season Bucheon have been leading or level at home, but have thrown it away late on. Out of all six goals Bucheon have conceded at home only one has been in the first-half. Apart from that, the earliest goal conceded at home was in the 62nd minute, with all four others coming after the 86th minute. Worryingly for the home side, Gyeongnam have scored 60.9% of their goals in the final 30 minutes of games this season, meaning that Bucheon cannot afford to lose their concentration at all. 

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Prediction

Bucheon have continued their inconsistent form, while Gyeongnam have performed increasingly well in recent weeks. However, Bucheon have regularly shown that they can improve their performances and get results against the league's best teams, meaning they could come away with at least a point. 

Bucheon FC 1995 1-1 Gyeongnam FC



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