With just three points separating fourth from bottom of the league, the K League 2 table could look a lot different come Sunday evening. League leaders Gwangju FC will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season against Ansan Greeners, whilst Daejeon Citizen in third will be gunning for a second successive win despite FC Anyang's recent form. For all that and much more, K League United Associate Editor Paul Neat provides a comprehensive guide to Round 8 of the 2019 K League 2 season.
Saturday 27th April
#JNDvBUS: Jeonnam Dragons (10th) vs Busan IPark (2nd) 15:00
Bottom-of-the-table Jeonnam Dragons have the unenviable task of taking on a very much in-form Busan IPark side this Saturday. In the Dragons' last outing Fabiano Soares' men conceded late on at home to Seoul E-Land to see the spoils shared in a 1-1 draw, despite taking a third-minute lead through Kim Youngwook. A much-needed with for the Dragons could take them up to as high as fifth should results elsewhere go their way.
Up next is the visit of Busan IPark, a side who are on a run of three wins on the bounce - a run that has seen Cho Dukje's side rise to third in the table. In doing so Busan have had the most shots out of any team in K League 2 so far this season, and the most shots on target with 50 of their 104 attempts on goal finding the target. Conversely, whilst IPark's attack is as potent as ever, the South Coast side have also conceded the second most amount of goals in the division. Saturday's hosts, the Dragons, side prop up the K League 2 table and do so having registered the fewest number of shots on target with just 15, an average of just over two per game.
#SEFCvBUC: Seoul E-Land (9th) vs Bucheon FC 1995 (6th) 15:00
Seoul E-Land are beginning to show some signs of life once again following last week's last gasp draw away to Jeonnam Dragons. The Leopards are now on a run of four games unbeaten with two wins and two draws in all competitions, despite having the least number of shots in the division. However, despite an upturn in fortunes, the now Cheonan-based club are still languishing at the lower reaches of the K League 2 table.
The opposite is the case for Saturday's visitors to Cheonan Civic Stadium, Bucheon FC 1995, who , despite sitting in sixth place, are now six games without a win with four defeats, including an FA Cup loss to Seoul E-Land at home at the end of March. A win for E-Land could move them up to as high as fourth should results elsewhere go their way, testament to how tight the K League 2 is once again this season. Likewise, a win for Bucheon would go along way in the Reds' ambitions of keeping up with the league leaders.
#ANSvGWA: Ansan Greeners (8th) vs Gwangju FC (1st) 17:00
Ansan Greeners' three match unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end last time out with a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Busan IPark. Lim Wanseop's men sit in eighth place on eight points but know that a win over Gwangju could see them move within touching distance of the playoff spots. Creative outlet Jang Hyeokjin is back from suspension and will be key in the Greeners' pursuit of three points come Saturday.
Gwangju head into Saturday's clash as the pace setters in K League 2. And, not only does the South Jeolla side have the fiercest striker in the league, Felipe with nine goals, but the Yellows also have the stingiest defence having shipped just five all season. However, from the four previous meetings, Gwangju have won just once - a 4-0 drubbing at home in November 2018. The last two meetings at the Wa both ended with the Greeners emerging as victors.
Sunday 28th April
#ASAvSUW: Asan Mugunghwa (4th) vs Suwon FC (7th) 15:00
K League 2 Champions Asan Mugunghwa are in the midst of a somewhat sticky patch of form. The former police side have lost their last three on the bounce and have shipped eight goals during that time, leaving Park Donghyuk's men with the unwanted mantle of having the worst defence in K League 2. Last time out, the South Chungcheong-based outfit suffered a 2-0 home reverse to FC Anyang with both the Violets' goals coming in the last five minutes.
Sunday's visitors to Yi Sunsin Stadium, Suwon FC, make the short trip to Asan on a less then desirable run of form themselves. Kim Daeui's men have lost their last two, both by two-goals-to-one, and haven't won since the end of March - a 2-0 away win over Daejeon Citizen four matches ago. A win for Suwon would be enough to leapfrog Asan and in contention for the top four. Asan, meanwhile, will need a result just to keep up with the top three. Mugunghwa had the upper hand in this fixture last season, winning all for matches and conceding just once.
#DCFCvANY: Daejeon Citizen (3rd) vs FC Anyang (5th) 17:00
The final match of the weekend will see the Purples host the Violets as third-placed Daejeon Citizen take on FC Anyang. Ko Jongsoo's Daejeon picked up a much-needed, moral-boosting win last time out, a 1-0 home victory over Bucheon FC 1995. The victory, which arrested Citizen's five match win-less run, was enough to lift the 2014 K League Challenge Champions up to third and just four points behind the leaders Gwangju FC.
FC Anyang, meanwhile, make the journey south to Daejeon having picked up two impressive wins in the space of a week. The Violets stole the headlines in midweek by eliminating Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors from the FA Cup, then completed a 'champions double' by dispatching 2018 K League 2 title winners Asan Mugunghwa at the weekend. Anyang have won just twice away to Daejeon in their short history, the most recent of which was a 3-2 win in May 2017.
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