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Preview: Korean FA Cup 4th Round

Preview: Korean FA Cup 4th Round
The 2019 Korean FA Cup campaign will officially get underway for K League 1 teams this Wednesday with all 12 top flight teams entering the competition. As well as three all-K League 1 ties, including two four-times winners in Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Pohang Steelers going head to head, Gangwon FC take on FC Seoul, and Sangju Sangmu face 2014 winners Seongnam FC. Elsewhere, four teams from K League 2, six from the National League, and six from K3 as well as four university sides make up the rest of the Korean FA Cup 4th Round.

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Honam University vs Seoul E-Land (K2) 14:00
Honam University Stadium, Gwangju Google MapNaver Map

Fresh from a resounding 4-1 home victory over FC Anyang at the weekend, Seoul E-Land make the trip south to Gwangju to take on Honam University on Wednesday afternoon. E-Land have never made it into the round of 16 of the competition before having won just three FA Cup ties in the club's short history. In the previous round, the Leopards came from behind to beat fellow K League 2 side Bucheon FC 1995 thanks to goals from Wesley Alex and Douglas Coutinho. Honam University make it to the fourth round having displaced amateur side Byeoksan Players in round one before a penalty shootout victory over K3 Advanced side Pyeongtaek Citizen following a 1-1 draw in round two. Then, in round three, the students eased past another K3 side, Chuncheon Citizen.

Seoul E-Land have faced university opposition on three previous occasions. The first was a 2-0 win over Sunmoon University in 2015 but, since then, E-Land have come unstuck against Sungkyunwan University and Korea University thanks to penalty shootout defeats. Honam University have taken on against K League opposition just once before, a 1-0 away defeat to FC Anyang in 2017. The winners of this tie will face Daejeon Korail or Ulsan Hyundai at home in the fifth round.

You can read Michael Redmond's full preview: here

Hwaseong FC (K3A) vs Yangpyeong FC (K3A)  14:00
Hwaseong Civic Stadium Auxiliary Pitch, Hwaseong Google MapNaver Map

An away win of biblical proportions by six-goals-to-one away to Mokpo Christian Hospital set Hwaseong up for this Wednesday's home tie with fellow K3 Advanced side Yangpyeong FC. Hwaseongs 6-1 win in round three, although not very Christian-like, was in keeping with the Gyeonggi Province-based side's league form. In K3 this season, Hwaseong sit fourth following two wins from their opening three matches. Yangpyeong, meanwhile, are sixth with one win, one draw and one defeat. Yangpyeong, though, can boast of a K League giant killing after knocking out last year's K League 2 Champions Asan Mugunghwa in the third round. Since then though, the West Gyeonggi side are without a win with a draw to Gimpo and defeat to Cheongju.

Wednesday's hosts, Hwaseong, have a K League scalp of their own to their name having edged past Ansan Greeners with a 3-2 home win in round two. Hwaseong, though, have been unable to make it past the fourth round in their short history having been knocked out at this stage in 2015 by FC Seoul and the third round in 2017 by Gyeongnam FC. Yangpyeong made it to the fourth round last year before suffering a heavy 8-0 loss to eventual winners Daegu FC. Against fellow K3 opposition, Yangpyeong have played three, won three. Hwaseong, meanwhile, have just one previous FA Cup meeting with another K3 side - a 3-0 win over Yangju Citizen in 2015. Should Hwaseong or Yangpyeong make it to the fifth round, a home tie against Cheonan City or Mokpo City from the National League awaits.

Predicted Score: Hwaseong FC 2-1 Yangpyeong FC

Paju Citizen (K3A) vs Dankook University 15:00
Paju Stadium, Paju Google MapNaver Map

With a potential glamour tie away to Gangwon FC or FC Seoul awaiting the winners, K3 Advanced side Paju Citizen will take on Dankook University on Wednesday afternoon. Paju welcome giant-killing Dankook University on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Gyeongju Citizen, their second of the season. Dankook University, meanwhile, make it to the fourth round of the cup having needed penalties in each of their last two ties, away to Sangji University and K League 2 side Daejeon Citizen after drawing 1-1 and 2-2 respectively. Paju have displaced two university sides in this year's competition already, beating Gwangju University 3-1 at home in round two and Ajou University 4-0 in round three.

Paju will need to be wary of Dankook University after their giant killing in the previous round. Despite falling behind to 2001 FA Cup winners Daejeon Citizen, the students then turned the game in its head with a 2-1 lead heading into the closing stages. However, a Shohruh Gadoev penalty in the dying embers sent the tie into extra time before the students eventually emerged as victors following a penalty shootout. Dankook have made it to the fifth round before in recent years having knocked out K League side Sangju Sangmu in the 2016 competition before Jeonbuk Hyundai needed extra time in a 3-1 win. Against K3 opposition, Dankook have played four and won three including a win over Paju Citizen in 2015. Paju Citizen have come up against student sides on six previous occasions including the aforementioned loss to Dankook in 2015 with a record of won four lost two.

Predicted Score: Paju Citizen 1-2 Dankook University

Gangneung City (NL) vs Jeju United (K1) 19:00
Gangneung Civic Stadium, Gangneung Google Map, Naver Map

A 1-0 home defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors has rendered Jeju United as the only side in both K League divisions without a win thus far in 2019. Such a poor run of form has put pressure on manager Cho Sunghwan and so the Islanders will be desperate to get their season up and running away to Gangneung City on Wednesday night. Gangneung, on the other hand, have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign; the East Coast side are unbeaten in the National League with four wins and a draw, enough to see them sit top of the table.To make it to the fourth round, Gangneung overcame Gyeongju Citizen in a 1-0 win after extra time in round three.

These two sides have met once before in the FA Cup, a 5-3 Jeju United win on penalties following a 0-0 draw back in May 2009. Against K League opposition, Gangneung have played 11 times but have won just three of those matches. Gangneung have wins over Gyeongnam, Goyang Zaicro and Ansan Greeners but have also suffered defeats to Daegu FC, Busan IPark, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, and Sangju Sangmu. Jeju, meanwhile, have a good record against National League teams having lost just once in six meetings - a 1-0 reverse to Changwon in May 2008. Should Jeju progress, an away tie with either Sangju Sangmu or Seongnam FC awaits.

Live Stream: YouTube

You can read Branko Belan's full preview: here


Gangwon FC (K1) vs FC Seoul (K1) 19:00
Songam Stadium, Chuncheon Google Map, Naver Map

After a 2-1 win away to Gangwon FC in K League 1 Round 7 on Sunday, FC Seoul will make a second trip to Chuncheon in the space of just a few days for a Korean FA Cup 4th Round clash. The winners of this all top tier tie, the first meeting in the FA Cup between the two teams, will go on to play either Dankook University or Paju Citizen at home.

Aside from Sunday's 2-1 win for FC Seoul, the three previous meetings between Gangwon FC and FC Seoul had all ended in stalemates; a 1-1 draw at Sangam in October followed 0-0 and 1-1 draws in Chuncheon last September and May respectively. Wednesday's meeting will be the first between the two teams in the FA Cup. However, Gangwon FC and FC Seoul have met on 19 different occasions prior; FC Seoul have 12 wins to Gangwon's four and three draws. In Gangwon, Seoul have seven wins to Gangwon's one - a 4-0 demolition at the tail end of the 2017 season when what was then Hwang Sunhong's team were gunning for AFC Champions League qualification. Kim Seungyong, Lim Chanwool, Han Kookyoung and Lee Keunho on target for Gangwon that afternoon.

You can read Paul Neat's full preview: here

Gyeongnam FC (K1) vs FC Pocheon (K3A) 19:00
Changwon Football Center, Changwon Google Map, Naver Map

Battling on three fronts for the first time in their history, attentions turn away from the league and ACL to the Korean FA Cup for Gyeongnam FC. The Reds have faltered a touch of late, seemingly still getting used to balancing continental competition with the bread and butter of the league. Kim Jongboo's men welcome K3 side FC Pocheon to Changwon on the back of a four-match win-less run and will see Wednesday's cup tie as an ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways. Despite his dismissal against Sangju Sangmu, English midfielder Jordon Mutch is available for selection with his suspension only applicable to K League fixtures.

Gyeongnam have come up against K3 opposition just once before in the FA Cup, a 1-0 win over Hwaseong in the third round of the 2017 competition. Against non-K League opposition, Gyeongnam have lost just twice in 13 meetings. FC Pocheon head into Wednesday's match on a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions. In the previous round, Pocheon eased past National League side Gimhae City on penalties. In 2018, Pocheon were knocked out at this stage by Incheon United after a 2-0 defeat at Sungui Arena Park. In 2017, however, Pocheon knocked out Seoul E-Land on their way to the quarters. Against K League opposition, FC Pocheon have a record of played four won two. Should the north Gyeonggi side make that three from five, a fifth round tie at home to Suwon FC or Daegu FC awaits.

Television coverage: STN Sports
Live stream: Naver Sports

You can read Chris Park's full preview: here

Gyeongju KHNP (NL) vs Gimpo Citizen (K3A) 19:00
Hwangseong Football Park Pitch 3, Gyeongju Google Map, Naver Map

2018 National League Champions Gyeongju KHNP haven't began the new campaign quite as well as they would have hoped. Gyeongju, who celebrated their second successive National League title last year, are the only team in the division yet to get off the mark having lost two and drawn three of their opening five matches. Thus far, their only win in 2019 was a 3-2 extra time victory away to Busan Transportation Corporation in the previous round of the competition.

Gimpo Citizen make the trip south to North Gyeongsang Province having failed to win their last two, losing 3-0 at home to Hwaseong last timeout despite beginning the 2019 campaign with a 3-2 win over Pyeongtaek Citizen on the opening day. In the previous round, Gimpo easily dispatched Yonsei University by four-goals-to-nil and find themselves in the fourth round for the second year in a row. Wednesday's clash will be just the second time which Gimpo Citizen have come up against National League opposition in the FA Cup, the first being a 2-0 loss to the now-defunct Ulsan Mipo Dockyard Dolphins in 2015. Gyeongju, have faced K3 opposition on three previous occasions winning just once. At this stage last year Gimpo suffered a heavy loss to Suwon Bluewings. The winners of this tie will take on either Incheon United or Cheongju FC at home in round five.

Predicted Score: Gyeongju KHNP 0-1 Gimpo Citizen

Daejeon Korail (NL) vs Ulsan Hyundai (K1) 19:00
Hanbat Stadium, Daejeon Google Map, Naver Map

Given such a strong start to the campaign, which has seen the Horangi win eight matches from 11 in all competitions, Kim Dohoon's side are heavy favourites for the midweek trip to the Hanbat Stadium. National League side Dajeon Korail welcome Ulsan having also gone unbeaten so far this season but have drawn three of their five National League fixtures, however - winning just twice.

To make it to the fourth round, Daejeon Korail knocked out Jeonju University 2-1 after extra time. In the FA Cup, Korail have come up against K League opposition on eight separate occasions winning just once - a 3-1 home win over Gwangju FC last season. These two sides have met twice before in this competition with the Horangi boasting a record of two wins and five goals for and none against. The most recent meeting was a 2-0 Ulsan win in Daejeon back in May 2016. An away tie with either Honam University of Seoul E-Land awaits the winners of this National League versus K League clash.

Live stream: Naver

You can read Dan Croydon's full preview: here

Sangju Sangmu (K1) vs Seongnam FC (K1) 19:00
Sangju Civic Stadium, Sangju Google Map, Naver Map

In one of just three all-K League 1 clashes Sangju Sangmu host Seongnam FC looking to book their pace in the fifth round for the sixth time in the last eight years. Sangju have never won the competition but have made it all the way semi finals once in their history, the quarters on five occasions but were knocked out at this stage last year, losing to Yangpyeong on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

Three times FA Cup winners Seongnam, who last won the competition in 2014, enter at the fourth round stage for the first time since 2016. The Magpies picked up a much-needed league win at the weekend, a 2-0 home triumph over a struggling Pohang Steelers side. Sangju, on the other hand, despite a strong start to the season, are without a win in their last four outings following Saturday's 1-1 draw away to Gyeongnam. Against top flight opposition in the FA Cup, Sangju have played 11 but won just four - the most recent win over a K League 1 side in the cup being a penalty shootout victory over Suwon Bluewings in 2014. Seongnam have faced K League 1 opposition on 20 occasions in the FA Cup and have a record of won 12 and lost eight. A home tie with either Gangneung City or Jeju United awaits the victors.

You can read Giovanni Pieve's full preview: here


Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (K1) vs FC Anyang (K2) 19:00
Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju Google Map, Naver Map

Reigning K League 1 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors enter this year's FA Cup competition with a home tie against K League 2 outfit FC Anyang. While the Green Warriors have almost monopolised the K League Championship, the north Jeolla side have been knocked out of this competition for the last three seasons to second-division opposition and so will be hoping Wednesday's visitors to Jeonju Castle will not be the ones to make it four.

These two sides have only met once, coincidentally in the same round of this competition back in 2016. On that occasion, Jeonbuk travelled to Anyang and came out emphatic 4-1 winners. It would be the last time Jeonbuk would defeat K League 2 opposition in this tournament, with them later going out that year to Bucheon 1995 in the quarterfinals. FC Anyang make it to the fourth round after a 5-1 win over Icheon Citizen but have failed to pick up a win since, drawing two before the 4-1 defeat to Seoul E-Land at the weekend. Against K League 1 opposition, Anyang have played five lost five. The most recent being a 2-0 away loss to FC Seoul. A home tie with Yeungnam University or Changwon City awaits the winner.

Live stream: Naver Sports.

You can read Matthew Binns' full preview: here

Changwon City (NL) vs Yeungnam University 19:00
Changwon Football Center Pitch 2, Changwon Google Map, Naver Map

Looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Gangneung City, National League side will take on Yeungnam University at home. Switching to auxiliary pitch two on account of Gyeongnam hosting FC Pocheon at the same time, Changwon take on university opposition in the FA Cup for the second time already this season having beaten Hanyang University in a comfortable 3-0 home win.  The win over Hanyang in round three was just the second time in four meetings with university opposition which the south coast side have come out on top.

Yeungnam University make it to the fourth round following an away win over Gimhae University in round two and a penalty shootout victory over Soongsil University in round three. Yeungnam have a good record against higher league opposition with five wins from 10 meetings, the most recent being a 3-1 away win over K League Advanced side Yangpyeong FC in 2016. The winners will take on either Jeonbuk Hyundai or FC Anyang away from home in round five.

Predicted score: Changwon City 3-1 Yeungnam University

Cheonan City (NL) vs Mokpo City (NL) 19:00
Cheonan Football Center, Cheonan Google Map, Naver Map

The only all-National League clash of the round is between Cheonan City and Mokpo City. Cheonan are unbeaten in their last four win two wins and a draw since the loss to Gangneung City in National League round two, including a cup upset. In the previous round Cheonan overcame K League 2 side and 2017 FA Cup runners up Busan IPark. Mokpo, no stranger to a cupset themselves having knocked out Incheon United, FC Anyang and Seongnam FC in recent seasons, make the trip north having lost their last three matches, conceding seven goals and scoring none.

Mokpo famously made it all the way to the semi finals in 2017 before losing to eventual winners Ulsan Hyundai,. Last year, the South Jeolla side looked like they were about to repeat their fortunes of a year previous before losing to Daegu FC in the quarters. To make it to the fourth round this year, Mokpo edged past K3 side Jeonju Citizen. The winners of this tie will go on to face either Yangpyeong FC or Hwaseong FC away in round five.

Predicted Score: Cheonan City 2-0 Mokpo City

Gwangju FC (K2) vs Andong Science University 19:30
Gwangju World Cup Stadium, Gwangju Google Map, Naver Map

K League 2 high fliers Gwangju FC will be looking to book their place in the fifth round by displacing Andong Science University. The Yellows are the only team in K League 2 to remain unbeaten thus far in 2019 having picked up three wins and three draws from their opening six league matches. In round three Gwangju overcame South Jeolla Province neighbours Jeonnam Dragons in a 2-1 away win, Felipe with a brace for Park Jiseop's men.

Andong University make the trip to the south west having knocked out Daedeok Winners FC 1-0 in round one, Yeoju Sejong 2-0 in round two, and Yongin University in penalties in round three following a 2-2 draw. Having never entered the competition before, Wednesday's clash with Gwangju will be the first time the students have faced off against K League opposition. Gwangju were knocked out in the third round last year but made it to the quarter finals in 2017, their best in Korea's premier knockout competition. Gwangju's only previous encounter with a university side in the FA Cup was 4-2 extra time win over Yonsei in 2017. Suwon Bluewings or Pohang Steelers away awaits the winners.

Live Stream: Instagram

You can read Peter Hampshire's full preview: here




Suwon FC (K2) vs Daegu FC (K1) 19:30
Suwon Civic Stadium, Suwon Google Map, Naver Map

The current holders of the competition, Daegu FC, get their trophy defence underway this Wednesday with an away trip to K League 2 side Suwon FC. Daegu started the new season in excellent fashion with three wins and two draws from their opening five fixtures in all competitions. However, since the draw to Ulsan in K League 1 round three, the Sky Blues have just one win in their last five - a 3-0 away win over a beleaguered Incheon United side.

Suwon FC, on the other hand, are unbeaten in five having won three and drawn two in all competitions. On Saturday, Kim Daeui's men recorded their second successive 1-1 draw in a row having previously beaten Asan Greeners and Daejeon Citizen in the league. Sandwiched in the middle was a 6-0 hammering over K3 side Chungju Citizen at home in the third round of the cup. The victory was just Suwon's fourth in the competition in four years. These two sides have met three before in the FA Cup, the most recent coming back in 2013 when Suwon emerged as victors in a 1-0 win. Against K League 1 opposition, two of Suwon's wins have come against Daegu, the remaining seven matches ended in defeat. However, since Suwon joined the K League in 2013, the south Gyeonggi side have played five, won two and lost three. Daegu, meanwhile, have never beaten a K League 2 side in the FA Cup having lost their four previous encounters with second tier opposition. The winners will take on either FC Pocheon or Gyeongnam FC in round five.

Live Stream: YouTube

You can read Lee Youngsub's preview: here

Suwon Samsung Bluewings (K1) vs Pohang Steelers (K1) 19:30
Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon Google Map, Naver Map

The last of the three all-K League 1 clashes sees giants Suwon Samsung Bluewings take on Pohang Steelers, two clubs who have a rich history on the competition with eight FA Cup wins between them. Suwon and Pohang are yet to face each other in the league yet this season but the recent record has proven to be quite even. Last season each side picked up a win each and two draws. Neither Suwon nor Pohang have began the new campaign quite the way in which they would have liked. Both sides have just two wins to their names but the Steelers have lost four matches, Suwon three.

Suwon's last FA Cup triumph came back in 2016 when, what was then, Seo Jungwon's side overcame bitter rivals FC Seoul over two legs. Pohang last win the competition in 2013 under Hwang Sunhong, the man who was in the opposing dugout during the Bluewings' last FA Cup win. The Steelers beat Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the final at Jeonju World Cup Stadium. The winners of Wednesday's tie will take on Gwangju FC or Andong Science University at home in the next round.

Television Coverage: Sky Sports
Live Stream: Naver Sports

You can read Scott Whitelock's full preview: here

Incheon United (K1) vs Cheongju FC (K3A) 19:30
Incheon Football Stadium, Incheon Google Map, Naver Map

Incheon United will begin life without manager Jørn Andersen with the visit of K3 Advanced side Cheongju FC in the fourth round of the Korean FA Cup. United parted company with the Norwegian after a run of five straight defeats despite a 37% win percentage in a 27-game spell in charge. under caretaker manager Lim Joongyong, the Durumi will be looking to get their season back on track with a win over lower league opposition. However, in the fifth round last year, Incheon were knocked out by National League side Mokpo City. Against non-K League opposition, the Neroazzurre have fared well over the years having lost just four times in 12 meetings.

K3 Advanced side Cheongju FC make the trip to Incheon on the back of three straight wins in all competitions, back to back in the league. After the 1-0 win over Incheon University in the previous round, Cheongju picked up wins over Pyeongtaek Citizen and Yangpyeong FC. In round one of the FA Cup, Cheongju comfortably dispatched Chungang University. Cheongju have taken on K League opposition just three times previous but have yet to record a victory. The most recent meeting was a 3-0 reverse to Daegu FC in 2015. An away tie with Gyeongju KHNP or Gimpo Citizen awaits Wednesday's winners.

Live Stream: YouTube

You can read Tim Barnes' full preview: here

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