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Preview: Suwon FC Vs Seoul E-Land

Seoul E-Land kept their playoff hopes alive on the weekend. Taking all three points against Daejeon Hana Citizen in the 2020 K League 2. The focus will now shift to Suwon FC. Suwon are still looking for automatic promotion. Seoul E-Land have not taken a single point off Suwon in 2020. A win would be a gigantic boost for their push into the playoffs. Suwon are still trying to catch up to Jeju United, for that all-important 1st place. Michael Redmond reviews this one here.



Last Time Out

Seoul E-Land made the journey down to the Daejeon World Cup Stadium last Saturday. After Seoul’s poor performance the week prior against Chungnam Asan, the Leopards needed to respond well. The first 45 minutes saw chances from both sides. Kim Su-an was making himself known in the game. He was seen both at the back defending and upfront, trying to head the ball into the back of Daejeon’s goal. Daejeon also had some chances. Kang Jeong-monk, who replaced injured Kim Hyung-geun in goal was in form and kept Daejeon at bay.

 The second half saw more attacks from both sides. Leandro came onto the pitch and Seoul looked more and more likely to score. The first goal came in the 76th minute. A crossed in ball from Lee Si-yong saw captain Kim Min-kyun head the ball into the back of the net. A beautifully headed goal, that bounced off the post and into the back of the net.  A captain's goal to put his team in front. It got better for Seoul towards the end of the game. When a through ball from Won Ki-jong put Leandro one on one with Kim Jin-young. Leandro was calm and composed and slotted home his first goal in six games.  Daejeon scored a consolation goal in the dying moments of the game. Lee Jeong-mun headed the ball. Kang Jeong-monk actually caught the ball, but he fell into the back of the net with the ball still in his hands.  The referee called full time shortly after and Seoul E-Land ends up undefeated against Daejeon Hana Citizen in 2020.

Full Time: Daejeon Hana Citizen 0-2 Seoul E-Land 



Suwon FC made the journey to the Yi Sun-sin Stadium on Monday evening to take on last-placed Chungnam Asan. In a game which saw Asan with slightly more possession on the ball. Suwon finished their chances well. As the game approached the 11th-minute mark, Lars struck for Suwon. A curled outside of the foot shot gave the South African his first goal for the club. Asan were calling for a penalty in the 24th minute. As Cho Yu-min was clearing the danger, the ball came off Park Min-gyu's elbow. It did look as if Park Min-gyu did have his elbows down and there was no intention of handball.

Asan had 17 shots throughout the game. However, it was Suwon who were most clinical in their finishing. Lars again in the dying moments of the first half struck again. A through ball from Masa saw Lars calmly slot the ball past Lee Ki-hyun. The second half saw a scrappier affair. Multiple tackles flew in from both teams. Asan also had a flurry of attacks. It is surprising they did not score. Suwon held on and claimed all three points in this one.
 
Full Time: Chungnam Asan 0-2 Suwon FC
 

 

Previous Meetings

It has not been Seoul's season against Suwon so far this year. They have played each other twice in 2020 with Suwon winning both times. The first game came in Jamsil where Seoul fell 3-0 to the away side. The last game was down in Suwon and An Byong-jun ran riot against the capital. The first goal came against some questionable defending from Seoul. The second, however, was no mistake at all. A well-struck strike from outside of the box claimed all three points for Suwon. 

Full Time: Suwon FC 2-0 Seoul E-Land

Team News


There was some noticeable changes from Seoul E-Land in the last round. most noticeably Kim Su-an who was in the starting 11 for the first time this year. The 27-year-old was out to impress and was in the majority of big moments throughout the first half. Kim Su-an was found both upfront and at the back and his work rate was admirable. Kang Jeong-monk was between the sticks this week, after Kim Hyung-geun's injury in the round prior. Kang Jeong-monk had an excellent game and also made some superb saves throughout the game.

Leandro finally scored after six games with no goal. Seoul also saw a captain's goal from Kim Min-kyun. The Seoul E-Land number 10 has been nothing short of exceptional this year and has truly stepped up to the plate.  In an interview at the end of the game, he goes on record to say that a playoff spot is what Seoul are looking for by the end of the season. The boss Chung Jung-yong went back to basics in the last round, with a classic 4-4-2. Even though Daejeon had a number of chances, Seoul looked a lot more stable at the back. Suwon will not take Seoul lying down and will be attacking the Leopards from the get-go. Seoul may need to hold back and pick their moments against Suwon as they did in the Daejeon game.   

The Adversary

Suwon have been exceptional this year. It is a completely different side which lined up in 2019. August was a bittersweet month for the side. They lost their first two games and then drew the third. This was then followed by two wins against Seoul E-Land and Gyeongnam. Suwon's slip up however cost them. After so long in first, it is now it is Jeju United who are riding high at the top of the table. Only two points separate Jeju and Suwon leading into this game. So neither team will want to make any costly errors, as we approach the business end of the season. This will not be an easy task for Suwon on Saturday evening. They made it slightly hard for themselves against Asan and Seoul may not be so forgiving.

What To Watch

It is clear to see who is Suwon's most valuable player of 2020. An Byong-jun has 16 goals to his name and has transformed this Suwon side throughout the year. Masa has also been exceptional in link-up play and eight goals to his own name. 

An Byong-jun has been the stand out player for Suwon Fc this year in the 2020 K League 2

The thing about An Byong-jun is he loves to score against Seoul E-Land. He scored one in the first time they met this season and two in the game prior. Seoul really needs to put a stop to his antics if they have any chance of taking something out of the game.

  FNR
 

Prediction

It's clear to see who is the favourite in this one. Looking at both form and position in the table. However, this is the point of the season now were big upsets and points are claimed from any team. Seoul needs to win this to keep their dream alive. They are only one point behind 4th spot. In saying that, Jeonnam Dragons and Gyeongnam are also in contention. 
 
This could be a lively round depending on how results go this weekend. Jeonnam faces off against Jeju this weekend and could help out Suwon if they manage to claim points off the Islanders. It is also important to remember that 3rd place is only two points off now for the Leopards due to beating Daejeon in the last round. This Saturday could see a lot on the line for both teams. A win for either side could change the outlook of the table.

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