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Preview: Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs Daegu FC


Suwon Samsung Bluewings shift their focus back to the K League on Sunday, when they host Daegu FC at the Big Bird. Can the hosts make it back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this term or will Daegu ran riot like they did in the reverse fixture in June? Nived Zenith previews the clash. 

Last Time Out

Seongnam FC 1-0 Suwon Bluewings

The Bluewings were knocked out of the FA Cup during midweek, as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat away from home to Seongnam FC in the quarter-finals. Tomislav Kis scored the winner for the hosts in the 73rd minute, as the holders crashed out unceremoniously from the competition. The defeat would’ve come as a huge disappointment for Suwon, since it was the second time in 10 days they lost to Seongnam.



Daegu FC 3-0 Busan I’Park

Lee Byung-geun’s men were not in action in the FA Cup, since they were knocked out in pre-quarters by Seongnam FC. However, their 3-0 win over Busan I’Park last weekend ensured they put an end to a run of three straight defeats in all competitions. The hosts rallied to their win, courtesy of goals from Dejan Damjanovic, Cesinha and Ryu Jae-moon.




Previous Meetings

When the two sides met in the league during the reverse fixture in June, Daegu completed a stunning comeback win over Suwon. Despite taking the lead, the visitors conceded three goals in the final 15 minutes to throw away the game at the DGB Arena.

Historically, Suwon have dominated this fixture. While there have been 36 meetings in the league over the years, Daegu have managed to win just four times. Notably, they have never beaten Suwon away from their own backyard in 15 attempts. The teams have played out nine draws between them.


Team News

Since the departure of Lee Lim-saeng, Suwon have tried to tweak their approach in recent outings. While the three-man defence had become a certainty under Lim-saeng, his successor has tested a back four. Suwon managed to register a narrow 1-0 win over Gwangju by fielding a 4-1-4-1 formation and could opt to do the same again. There may be an introduction of fresh legs in midfield, but the likes of Park Sang-hyeok and Ko Seung-beom could yet retain their berths.

Daegu will welcome the fact that Kim Woo-seok will be available for the game against Suwon. The defender had picked up a second yellow card during the win over Busan I'Park, but the disciplinary committee has rescinded the booking after discussing it. The likes of Cesinha and Damjanovic have been in excellent form and will be keen to get out there and trouble their counterparts.


The Adversary

Daegu have been a treat to watch when they play their best football. Although there has been a slight dip in recent weeks, they still remain in the top half and within touching distance of Pohang Steelers in third. Their most recent win over Busan I’Park was the perfect testament to their attacking prowess, which has attracted plenty of eyeballs this term.

There aren’t many concerns for Daegu as they prepare to face a struggling Suwon away from home. The display in the reverse fixture would be a huge shot in the arm for the visitors, who would feel anything short of three points may not do justice to their credentials.



What To Watch

Can Cesinha power Daegu to a first win at the Big Bird?



The 30-year-old has been one of the most impressive players in the K League this term. With eight goals and three assists, Cesinha has directly contributed to 11 goals from his 12 league outings. Notably, his performance in the reverse fixture stood out comprehensively, as Daegu completed a late comeback win to shock Suwon.

Ahead of the meeting at the Big Bird, Suwon will be wary of the threat on offer from Cesinha. The Brazilian scored in the most recent outing against Busan I’Park and will have an integral role to play for his team, should they repeat their antics from the last meeting between the sides in June.

Cesinha will also have the added incentive of becoming the orchestrator-in-chief for his team’s first ever win away from home to Suwon in the league.


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Prediction

Suwon have not done enough this season to think they can comfortably beat Daegu. As such, they are not favourites for the K League clash at the Big Bird. Daegu have the firepower to trump the hosts on Saturday, it may even be a comfortable win for them.

Suwon Bluewings 0-2 Daegu FC




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