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Seoul E-Land vs Asan Mugunghwa


As we approach the business end of the season, it is the same old story for Seoul E-Land and their lackadaisical team. Now going into their seventh straight game without a win, it is more of the same tedious football for the Leopards' faithful. The midweek offering in the 2019 K League 2 will see Asan Mugunghwa make the short journey across town to Cheonnan, in what will be the last time the two sides meet.

Can Seoul get themselves once again ahead of Daejeon Citizen in the race for the wooden spoon? Or will it be more of the same, for the laughing stock of the K League 2?

Last Time Out

Seoul E-Land and their faithful made their trip down to Gwangju on Saturday evening. They made the long journey by car, train, and plane, to face off against league leaders Gwangju. It took the home team only 13 minutes to break Seoul hearts, with a fantastic freekick by Kim Ju-gong. Seoul were against the ropes, and only five minutes later, Gwangju doubled their lead. A goal from Doo Hyun-seok made it 2-0. In the second half, Seoul got back into the game, with a goal from a totally unmarked Won Ki-jong in the 51st minute.

That, however, was where the comeback ended, as Gwangju made it 3-1 courtesy of golden boot leader, Felipe. Seoul played well in the game, but their defence is comical. They also tried to walk the ball into the net and did not take enough shots. The Leopards had a lot of the ball and passed it around very well. However, Gwangju were just too good and shut any Seoul chance down.

Full Time: Gwangju 3-1 Seoul E-Land



Asan travelled to Suwon on Saturday evening, in a 5th vs 6th affair. Four points separate the two, so a win for Asan, who were sat 6th, were desperate for the win. They did not get off to a great start, as a penalty was awarded to Suwon just shy of the 10th minute. Their main man, Egbuchunam converted, and they found themselves 1-0 up. Suwon managed to hold onto the lead for the first half. Standards slipped in the second half, as in the 48th minute, Park Min-seo levelled the score. Suwon's defence were caught ball watching, and a sweet strike from the Korean made it 1-1.

Suwon needed to reply, and they did so, only three minutes later. Egbuchunam again with the goal, as he snook between the Asan defence, and tapped the ball in, from a well-timed cross. An entertaining game did not end there, as in the 75th minute, Asan replied. Park Min-seo once again with the goal for Asan. A pulled back pass, and a shot from the edge of the box made it 2-2. Neither team could find that winning goal in the game, and that is how the game ended.

Full Time: Suwon FC 2-2 Asan Mugunghwa



Previous Meetings

The last time the two met, was way back in July. Asan ran riot for the majority of the game. Their first goal came from the penalty spot, then doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. The two-goals, and also their third in the 68th minute, was scored by Ko Moo-yeol. It took 70 minutes for Seoul to finally respond, and Wesley Alex made it 3-1 minutes later. Kim Mink-yun put them in touching distance in late in the game, making it 3-2.

Seoul could not find that late equalizer, however, and Asan took the spoils. The game for Seoul fans will be remembered for Asan's childish celebrations for each goal. With that in mind, the game maybe a bit more feisty, from the last time the two teams meet.

Full Time: Asan Mugunghwa 3-2 Seoul E-Land

Team News

The Seoul E-Land team may have blamed their 4-4-2 formation in their heavy defeat against FC Anyang two weeks prior. The boss Woo Sung-yong went back to 3-4-3 in the Gwangju game. Seoul plays a passing game, but they have no finished product. They can not score in games, and they do not take any chances. The two foreign players, Coutinho and Alex were once again, absent. The same thing happened last year, as valuable players were left out of the squad with no explanation.



Lee Byun-wook will be suspended for the tie, who is still unavailable from the Anyang game. Who knows what the line up will be for the game against Asan. Regulars such as Ahn Ji-ho in defence, Kim Mink-yun in midfield and Duarte upfront will appear, but apart from that, other things may change. What can Seoul do now with the team to improve? They can pass the ball, we know this, but their defence is so poor, and they just do not take their chances. Kim Youn-kwang had an excellent game against Gwangju, with a keeper with less experience in the side, it could have been another walk over.

The Adversary

Asan Mugunghwa has announced they will no longer play in the K League 2 next year, regardless of their position in the table. A side who have had bad fortunes in trying to get up to the K League 1. They now find themselves playing the last few games of their existence. Asan, a side who have had the better of Seoul E-Land, for the majority of their time, they will look to go out with a bang and win their remaining games. Asan have a lot of young and talented players, who will look to make an impact when they return to their home club.

Asan Mugunghwa are a shell of themselves from last year, already losing 11 games in 2019. The side now have to pick themselves up and have a strong finish, for the sake of their fans.

Prediction

A game, probably more important for Seoul than Asan, given the circumstances, Tuesday night will be vital for catching up to Daejeon. A team, so poor, they have managed to get worse every season, with 2019 being no exception. They can be unpredictable, however, and they could get something out of this game. Patience is wearing thin for the fans of their club, and they are getting tired of watching such poor and bland football. No Passion, and no pride in the shirt could be said, due to their recent form. Seoul needs something out of this game, to save themselves from further embarrassment.


Seoul E-Land 1-3 Asan Mugunghwa



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