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Preview: Bucheon FC 1995 vs Jeonnam Dragons


It's round 22 in K League 2 and all matches are now crucial for deciding the final league positions. Eighth placed hosts Bucheon FC 1995 have not scored on seven matches, but finally brought club record seven match losing streak to an end on last Saturday. Fifth placed visitors Jeonnam Dragons, meanwhile, are in hot pursuit of a play-off place but cannot afford to drop any points in these final six games of the season. 

Last Time Out

FC Anyang 0-0 Bucheon FC 1995 

The start of Bucheon's miserable run of form was a 2-1 defeat to Anyang in August, which was also the last match in which Bucheon scored a goal. They are still struggling for goals, but they managed to secure a point that keeps them from falling further down the table. 

In a closely fought encounter that three yellow cards for each side, the best chance of the game fell to Anyang's Acosty, whose overhead kick came crashing off the crossbar in the 22nd minute. This result leaves both teams level on 21 points, one point ahead if ninth placed Ansan Greeners and seven points behind sixth placed Seoul E-Land. 

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Jeonnam Dragons 0-2 Jeju United

Jeju restored their place at the top of the table after Suwon had briefly leapfrogged them earlier in the weekend. Jeonnam held on for over two-thirds of the match, but came undone in the 69th minute when Jeong Woo-jae struck a fierce half-volley goal from outside the area after a corner kick scramble. 

This made up for Jeju having a goal in the 49th minute disallowed for offside. Jeju confirmed the victory with their second goal in the 78th minute, as Ryu Seung-won had his penalty saved but Kong Min-hyun was able to fire in the rebound. This result keeps Jeonnam in fifth place, one point ahead of Seoul E-Land and one point behind Gyeongnam. 

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Previous Meetings

In the short history of this fixture Jeonnam have won four times, with Bucheon having just one victory alongside one draw. Two of the Jeonnam victory have occurred this year, with the Dragons winning 1-0 away in June thanks to a Julian Kristoffersen goal, and winning at home 2-0 in July. The goals on that day came from Lee Jong-Ho and Ha Seung-un.

Team News

Goalkeeper Choi Bong-jin returns following the end of his two match ban. Jefferson Baiano remains missing.  Guk Tae-jeong, Kim Young-nam, and Kim Hyun-il are one yellow card away from suspension. Bucheon have got a full strength squad at their disposal, which they will need to combat the threat of Jeonnam. 

The Adversary

Park Chan-yong, Kim Ju-won, and Kwak Kwang-seon are all one yellow card away from suspension. They have a full squad to choose from, which will make things hard for Bucheon. Jeonnam's goalkeeper Park Jun-hyuk as kept the most clean sheets in the league and the Dragons have conceded the fewest goals in the division with 18. 

They are also no slouches in front of goal, with their 23 goals scored being the fifth highest in the league. The club has had 13 different players on the score sheet, so everyone is a threat, but the most dangerous man for Bucheon will be Lim Chang-kyun, who has four assists this season. 

Who To Watch

Choi Bong-jin is available for selection for Bucheon again and is likely to return to action. Lee Young-chang did an acceptable job in goal in his place, including keeping a clean-sheet last weekend, but he was very rusty and looked like he was not far from making a mistake. 

Choi himself has also been far from perfect this season and has made mistakes that have directly lead to goals, but he has also make the second most saves in the K League 2 this season. Bucheon will need all the help they can get in these final six matches, and Choi can help save them some points. 

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Prediction

Bucheon continue to fail to score while Jeonnam have the best defence in the league, so it is unlikely that Bucheon will find the back of the bet this Saturday. Jeonnam have the weakest attack in the top half and Bucheon will have regained their confidence from last weekend's draw, so expect both teams to cancel each other out. 

Bucheon FC 1995 0-0 Jeonnam Dragons

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