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Seoul E-Land Look to Dint Daejeon Hana Citizen's Promotion Push


The previous round of the 2021 K League 2 season saw a welcoming sight for many a Seoul E-Land fan. The Leopards managed to record their first win in almost two months when they stunned Bucheon 1995 3-0 away from home.  Seoul will look to continue their push up the table as they welcome Daejeon Hana Citizen to Leoul Park this Sunday evening. 

As we are now most certainly coming towards the business end of the season. Many fans could have predicted these two teams to have been a lot closer to one another than they are right now. That was not the case though as Seoul slowly fell down the table over a long and tiring summer. Daejeon kept with their plan and went from strength to strength, with Seoul really leaving a lot to the imagination. Can Seoul upset Daejeon once again and record another victory against the side this season? Or will the Citizens continue to march up the table? Michael Redmond preview's this encounter.  

Match Details

Match: Seoul E-Land Vs Daejeon Hana Citizen
Date: Sunday, 19th September 2021
Kick-off: 6:30pm
Venue: Leoul Park (Seoul Olympic stadium)


Back to Beating Bucheon 

Seoul sat in 10th place as they stepped foot onto the Bucheon pitch last Saturday evening. A side who once were top of the tree now found themselves at the foot of the table. They played 9th place Bucheon 1995. A side that Seoul have had fond memories of over the years. Seoul have won six of the last ten occasions between the two sides, with one draw and three defeats.

It took Kim In-sung only 16 minutes to put the away side ahead. A long cross from Hwang Tae-hyeon skimmed over the Bucheon defence and found the former Ulsan player. He slotted it home and gave the Leopards hope. Seoul doubled their lead in the 35th minute with an excellent strike from Kim In-sung once again. It was a perfect hit that went into the back of the net from outside of the box. However, Kim In-sung could not claim the goal as it actually glanced off Han Eui-gwon's head as it was rocketing into the top corner.  

Seoul E-Land ran out 3-0 winners against Bucheon 1995 in the last round of the 2021 K League 2.

The second half brought more attacks from Seoul and it took only five minutes after the restart to bring the third. A Kim Sun-min through ball to Han Eui-gwon saw Bucheon defender Kim gang-san fumble the clearance and left Eui-gwon one on one with the keeper. Seoul were cruising 3-0. The game was not without drama, as in the 83rd minute Seoul was flagged offside for a through ball to Kim In-sung. This left boss Chung Jung-yong irate and proceeded to protest the call. After further dissatisfaction towards the referee, the Seoul E-Land manager was sent to the stands. It is rather puzzling why this occurred with only seven minutes on the clock and being 3-0 up, why didn't the Seoul boss just let it slide?

The altercation then set for an aggressive end to the game as Bucheon and Seoul players tussled with one another due to Kim In-sung being pushed towards the sidelines whilst down inured. The reactions ended up seeing Lee Jae-ik for Seoul and Cho Soo-chul for Bucheon given their marching orders.  This left a sour end to what was a stellar performance against Bucheon for Seoul. 

Full Time: Bucheon 1995 0-3 Seoul E-Land


Daejeon's Not So Distant Dream

Daejeon Hana Citizen have been climbing the K League 2 table in some fashion over the last couple of months. They have lost only one game in the last nine outings, with six of them being wins. Monday evening saw Jeonnam Dragons make their way to the Hanbat Sports Complex as the Daejeon World Cup Stadium was going through some refurbishments. Jeonnam were only one point behind them in 4th leading into the fixtures. The Dragons were looking to leapfrog Daejeon in the hope for their own push for automatic promotion. 

Daejeon drew first blood in the 13th minute as an outrageous long-range strike from Won Ki-jong put the Citizens ahead. The former Seoul E-Land fan favourite pulled off certainly one best goals seen in the K League 2 in a while. The striker had the awareness of when to take the strike and left Jeonnam Kim Da-sol mesmerised by the shot. 

Won Ki-jong was having a great game and saw a shot come off the post only a few minutes later. Jeonnam got back into the match in the 28th minute with a goal from Lee Seok-hyun. Balotelli ran the ball up the pitch to pass to the goal scorer, who put the ball into the back of the net from just outside of the box.  
Won Ki-jong celebrates his spectacular goal against Jeonnam Dragons in the 2021 K League 2.

The rest of the game saw both teams cancelling one another out with chances coming from both sides and with excellent saves from both keepers. This also included a goal-line clearance from Jeonnam. It was the 89th minute where Daejeon claimed the much needed three points. They were knocking on the door for the last ten minutes, but it was a cross that was met by Lee Hyeon-sik which won them the game. 

Daejeon now find themselves only six points off the top of the table and are certainly the inform team in the division at the moment. Jeonnam may take the game with a pinch of salt as even after the loss, they find themselves 11 points ahead of Gyeongnam in 5th place. 

Full Time: Daejeon Hana Citizen 2-1 Jeonnam Dragons



In Chang-soo To Face Daejeon Once Again

As stated earlier. Daejeon have been in fine form in the K League 2.  Some may say that this all come about after they were beaten by Seoul E-Land back in July. With Chung Jung-yong being sent off in the Bucheon game, it means that assistant manager In Chang-soo will be in charge of the Daejeon game once more. As well as the Busan IPark game in the next round. Coincidently, In Chang-soo was in charge of the game back in July, which saw Seoul run out 2-0 winners. 

In Chang-soo has been involved with Seoul E-Land for a number of years. 

In Chang-soo was Seoul E-Land manager back in 2018 and has a long history with the team. He took charge of a game in 2016 as caretaker manager when Seoul parted ways with their inaugural manager Martin Rennie. Fans will hope that lightning will strike twice for In Chang-soo, who also goes by the name of Deigo. As a holder of Argentinian citizenship, it may show why Seoul have had such a liking for signing talented South American players for the side over the years.  


All But There For Daejeon 

With only eight games left, it would be nothing short of disastrous for Daejeon if they were able to fall out of the playoff positions now. Daejeon do have some challenging games left including Gimcheon, Anyang, and Gyeongnam. However, Daejeon do have the ability to kick it up another gear and even overtake Gimcheon for first place. Six points is not a million miles away, especially in the K League 2.
The table shows the gap between the playoffs and the rest of the pack in the 2021 K League 2. Image via (fotmob.com)

Daejeon will need to take care of Seoul first, who have been a thorn in their side in recent years. If they can win the next two games in a row, then the automatic promotion will certainly be on their minds. It is still looking like a four-horse race for promotion. Daejeon have been pushing for promotion over the last couple of years and with the side and players they have at the moment in the team, they will be hoping that 2021 is the year that this is achieved. 


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Prediction

Seoul have an intense eight days ahead of them. A home game with Daejeon is then followed by a midweek clash with Busan away, for them to then play once again in Leoul Park five days later. This week could be disastrous for Seoul, or a real inspiration for a late-season push up the table. 

Seoul E-Land will face familiar rivals Daejeon Hana Citizen this weekend in Leoul Park.

This game could go either way on Sunday. The smart fan would put their money on Daejeon to win, however, Seoul has beaten Daejeon a number of times over the last couple of seasons. They were even undefeated against the side back in 2020. Once again the game will be played behind closed doors and fans will definitely be missed on Sunday. The Leopard faithful will only hope that the team can keep the momentum after beating Bucheon last weekend.  

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