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Preview: FC Anyang vs Daejeon Hana Citizen

Preview: FC Anyang vs Daejeon Hana Citizen K League 2 Round 16
After failing to reclaim top spot in K League 2 last time out, Daejeon Hana Citizen will be keen to get their automatic promotion push back on track when the Purples take on the Violets, FC Anyang, on Monday night in Round 16 of the Hana 1Q K League 2 campaign. Anyang, however, have won their last two and are unbeaten against Daejeon in their last six meetings.

Overview

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Last Time Out

FC Anyang 2-1 Bucheon FC 1995

The Violets came from a goal down to pick up a second win on the spin last time out, emerging as 2-1 victors against Gyeonggi Province rivals Bucheon FC 1995. Brazilian forward William Barbio got the Reds off the mark in the 14th minute, slotting the ball under Anyang goalkeeper Yang Dong-won. But Kim Hyung-yul's side levelled on the stroke of half time through Maxwell Acosty, the Ghanaian forward emphatically firing in his fifth goal of the season. The turn around was complete when Kwon Yong-hyeon made it 2-1 on 65 minutes. Anyang moved up to eighth, just four points behind the playoff-chasing pack.

Highlights



Daejeon Hana Citizen 0-0 Seoul E-Land

A scoreless draw at Purple Arena between Daejeon Hana Citizen and Seoul E-Land made it two matches without a win for Hwang Sun-hong's side. It was a game of very few clear-cut opportunities, particularly in the first 45, but Seoul perhaps edged it with two guilt-edged chances towards half time. In the second half, Daejeon had a glorious opportunity to seal all three points when VAR helped award Citizen a spot kick on 72 minutes. Brazilian forward Andre Luis stepped up but blazed his penalty over the cross bar and the spoils were shared. Daejeon remain second but only just.

Highlights


Previous Meetings

The last three meetings between Daejeon and FC Anyang have ended in draws with the Violets unbeaten against the Purples in their last six. The most recent encounter was a six-goal thriller at Purple Arena at the end of June when Anyang came back from two goals down. Goals from Park Jin-seop and Bruno Baio had Daejeon two goals to the good heading towards the hour mark before Maxwell Acosty pulled one back. The Ghanaian added a second to restore parity on 75 minutes before Maurides turned the game on its head with Anyang's third three minutes later. Daejeon's blushes were spared when centre back Lee Jung-moon salvaged a draw with a close range strike at the back post in the dying embers. Daejeon's last trip to Anyang resulted in a 0-0 draw on the last day of August last year.

Overall, there have been 21 meetings between the two teams; both sides have six wins each with the remaining nine encounters ending as draws. At Anyang Civic Stadium, there have been 10 meetings with Anyang winning three, losing just twice and five draws. Daejeon's last away win over Anyang dates back to 11th August 2018, an Aurelian Chițu strike in the 78th minute the only goal of the game.

Team News

Daejeon should be able to welcome Connor Chapman back to the fold. The Australian defensive midfielder has been ruled out with an arm injury but is expected to return to the side this Monday. Centre back Lee Woong-hee is still a few weeks away., however. Elsewhere, Park In-hyeok has two matches left on his 10-game ban while goalkeepers Kim Dong-jun and Park Ju-won remain long term absentees. Left back Lee Kyu-ro is nearing a return but is not expected to feature just yet. Lee Ji-sol and Park Jin-seop are both one yellow away from serving a one-match ban.

Daejeon starting lineup vs Seoul E-Land, K League 2 Round 15.



FC Anyang have no suspensions of which to speak of and should have a relatively full bill of health. Of late, Yang Dong-won has been Coach Kim Hyung-yul's preferred number one, Jeong Min-ki has shared the goalkeeper berth with Yang but has been on the bench for the last two matches. Korean youth international Maeng Sung-ung is Anyang's usual U22 player but Brazilian forward Maurides, who scored when these two sides met earlier in the campaign,  has been omitted from the last two match day squads. 


FC Anyang lineup vs Bucheon, K League 2 Round 15.


The Adversary

Nilson Jr. has featured in all 15 of Anyang's previous matches this season.
FC Anyang appear to be experiencing something of a playoff hangover. Last season the Violets finished third in K League 2 and made it to the Promotion Final, losing narrowly to eventual promotion winners Busan IPark. Whilst it was a valiant effort, and marked the club's best-ever finish to season, it also put many of their key players in the shop window. Striker Cho Gue-seong was snapped up by K League 1 giants Jeonbuk while Kim Sang-won and Palacios both moved to Pohang Steelers. In addition, Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Alves departed, meaning that the Anyang scouting department were left with trying to rebuild their entire attacking third of the pitch, tall order to replace 44 goals and more than 20 assists.

In 2020, Anyang are fourth in the division in terms of goals scored with 18 but also have the third worst goals against tally with 20, perhaps highlighting where their problems lie. The Violets are second only to Suwon in terms of the number of shots made with 184, but fifth for accuracy with 34.8% finding the target. Anyang like to play with width and get crosses into the box. In that regard, the south Gyeonggi Province side are third behind Jeonnam and Daejeon for crosses made. However, as is the case with shooting, accuracy is an issue with the Violets second bottom. Formation wise this term, Anyang have been mostly been set up in a 3-4-3 (29%), or a 5-3-2 (27%) with wing backs. At home, Anyang tend to be set up in a 3-4-3 (33%), 5-4-1 (22%), or 5-3-2 (18%).

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Who To Watch

Boadu Maxwell Acosty




So far this season Anyang have struggled to get going but the signing of Maxwell Acosty looks to be a very shrewd one. The former Fiorentina and Chievo forward is the Violet's top scorer with five in 11 appearances and, after after a two month lean spell in front of goal, was back on the score sheet last time out. The most second assists in K League 2 with three, meaning Acosty has supplied the player who made the assist with the ball. He has also made the second-most number of shots in the league with 38 and fifth for one-on-one dribbles made per 90 minutes. Acosty will be key to Anyang's chances on Monday night.

Jeong Hee-woong




Winger Jeong Hee-woong had to wait patiently to get his chance as a starter for Daejeon this season, having featured in 13 matches but only seven times from the start. His versatility has enabled manager Hwang Sun-hong to play him as a wing back, an orthodox winger in a midfield four, a full back in a back four, or a as an outside forward in a front three.

Interestingly, Jeong has scored in this fixture before but in the violet of FC Anyang. In a 1-1 draw at Anyang Civic Stadium in April 2018, the 25-year-old put Anyang ahead early in the first half before Park Su-chang levelled in the 83rd minute. The 2018 season was actually when Jeong last found the net. That year he managed six goals, the most recent coming on 21st July that year in a 1-0 win over Seoul E-Land. However, where Jeong excels is with one-on-one dribbles. His teammate Andre Luis may have made the most dribbles in the division with 86, but Jeong is third with 74 and has made the most dribbles per 90 minutes with 7.66. His consistency has led Hwang Sun-hong to relying on the former Jeonnam and Seoul E-Land winger more often than not this season.

Prediction

The last six meetings have been draws, Anyang have two wins on the spin and Daejeon have begun to falter of late. However, four of Daejeon's seven wins this season have come on the road and only one of Anyang's wins this term was on home turf. Daejeon will need to perform better than they have done over the last two matches but should have enough to pick up a narrow win.

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