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Daegu FC look to make it five consecutive wins against Incheon

Daegu FC return home this Saturday, looking to make new history with five consecutive wins when they host Incheon United at DGB Daegu Bank Park. However, the visitors have also been in good form, hoping to keep their momentum alive. K League United's Daegu FC correspondent Muyeol Jung previews the clash.

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Daegu FC
Lee Byungguen's side have extended their winning streak to four and moved up to the fourth in the table. This record has been particularly meaningful as it has been set without the Sky Blue's talisman Cesinha, out with injury.

Now, they are hoping to extend it to five which they have never achieved in the club's history. Their longest winning streaks were four wins in a row respectively in 2015 and 2018.

Incheon United
Cho Sunghwan's Incheon United have turned things around with a 1-0 win over Gangwon and are relishing their unbeaten run with two wins and a draw in their last three games against Seongnam, Gangwon and Ulsan. As a result, they are now sitting ninth out of relegation zone, hoping to keep this flow alive.

During the unbeaten run, it is also very inspiring that they conceded only one goal, while they are the second bottom side in goals conceded with 21 league wide. A recent tactical switch to a 3-5-2 formation has been spot on for the successful spell.

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For the hosts, last time out, a solid defender Hong Jungwoon was out with a minor neck injury. According to the gaffer, he was assessed on the match day and taken off the match day squad. Additionally, Cesinha didn't make the squad either due to a hamstring injury. Reportedly, his injury wasn't that serious, but the boss said he wouldn't rush Cesinha or take risks until he is 100% fit.

With the two still in doubt, there are no suspension or any other injuries to the regulars in Daegu's first team squad and the line up should be similar to the previous game.

The visitors Incheon United have a healthy squad for a trip to Daegu without suspension or injury except one injured player Kim Yeonsoo. In positive news, Stefan Mugosa is swiftly getting back to match fitness after he earned eight and 25 minutes each in Incheon's last two games as a substitute.


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Time to take revenge for the defeat in Round 2
In Round 2, Daegu lost 2-1 to Incheon on the road, and gave a rare early win away to the notorious slow starter. During the entire game, the Sky Blues consistently looked shambolic and disorganised in the defence, letting Negueba and Elías Aguilar get their way.

However, things are looking quite different for the hosts ahead of their second meeting of the season. With still Cesinha and Hong Jungwoon in doubt though, Brazilian towering striker Edgar (pictured in the headline image) has been leading the line with four goals in the last four games. His presence up front itself certainly makes a huge difference on the pitch. Not only does he score, but he also creates spaces where teammates can take advantage, for example when he provided an assist to Tsubasa's goal. Moreover, in the time of Cesinha's absence, it is welcoming that Tsubasa appears to be back to the vibrant form he used to be in 2019 before a woeful injury that summer. The Japanese midfielder played in the place of Cesinha last time out and was enthusiastically involved with most attacking situations in the final third.

Now, the interests are heading to how they can cope with Incheon's back three that consists of Harrison Delbridge, Kim Gwangsuk, and Jung Dongyun.

A goal from Elías Aguilar turned out to be the winner in their 2-1 win over Daegu in R2
Meanwhile, defensively Daegu should be very wary of Elías Aguilar who bosses around in the midfield with cheeky skills. London Olympics football bronze medalist Oh Jaeseok is also the one we have to keep our eyes on for his ability on the right side. Incheon's second goal against Seongnam came from the right side where he whipped the ball in for Kim Hyun.

Can Edgar take a main role again?
Former Brazil U20 striker Edgar has been a legend for the Sky Blues, despite him being in the club only since 2018 summer, literally and metaphorically carving his name in the hall of fame with very important or memorable goals to the club; two goals in the 2018 FA Cup finals, the first ever goal in the new stadium, the first ACL goal and the club's 800th goal.

All of his achievements certainly are escalating fans' expectations so high ahead of this Saturday's game. Not only is this game at stake for five consecutive wins in a row for the first time, but also it is all about him and his lovely family. They are all pictured for a match day poster in commemoration of parents' day in Korea which is 8th May. Now the stage is set again. Can he take a main role again and leave the pitch, basking in a big applause?

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