After three games on the road, Kim Do-heon's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors return to Jeonju for the caretaker manager's first game in front of a home crowd. Kim's time at the helm has only spanned a fortnight, but three games unbeaten with two draws and a win, plus some positive football has returned a sense of optimism to the support. While their previous game against Incheon United finished 0-0, and the team could consider themselves lucky at times not to have conceded, there was also plenty of promise as well.
The same could not be said for Suwon FC who suffered a 5-0 defeat at home at the hands of an in-form Jeju United. The defeat follows a loss to Daejeon three days prior, with the results seeing them slip into 7th, a position higher than their opponents on Sunday. Unfortunately for Kim Do-kyun's side, they are yet to win away this season and have never won in Jeonju, making for what may be a difficult test.
Jeonbuk caretaker manager Kim Do-heon has had a whole week with his squad after his first three games taking place within his first nine days at the helm. In that period, Kim has managed to pick up two draws and win while also navigating a sizable injury list that has seen the likes of Gustavo, Jun Amano and Maeng Sung-ung unavailable. While those three remain doubts, there is a possibility Cho Gue-sung and Kim Moon-hwan should be involved in the squad and may play some role.
Suwon FC have also suffered injury woes lately but have had most of their key talent return in recent outings. While defender Lee Yong remains sidelined for the weekend, Kim Do-kyun will have his key attacking talents available such as Lars Veldwijk, Lee Seung-woo, Yoon Bit-garam and Murilo however and will be hoping they can
Sunday will see the thirteenth meeting between these two sides across all competitions, with Jeonbuk having won six of the clashes to Suwon FC's three. Further to this, recent bouts between the pair have been narrow affairs, all decided by a goal to nil. While Jeonbuk may have won three of those last four, the most recent encounter saw Lars Veldwijk's only goal of the game seal the three points in Suwon's favour and further compound the underwhelming start to the season Jeonbuk have been enduring.
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Former Faces to Haunt the Home Side?
Over the last few seasons, several faces have switched from Jeonju to Suwon, joining Kim Do-kyun's side as they ascended from the K League 2 and into a regular fixture within the top division. Lars Veldwijk, Murilo, and Lee Yong are three of the notable names who have made the move north and, while Lee Yong is set to continue to be sidelined for the weekend, Lars Veldwijk has once again been featuring in the scoring charts having scored six goals so far.
Having scored fewer than perhaps we would have expected in 2022, finding the net eight times in 34 appearances, the Bafana-Bafana striker has already gone some way to already improving his tally for this season. Veldwijk currently sits joint second in the scoring charts for 2023 and has also assisted four times. Having scored the winner against Jeonbuk last time out, will be hoping to do the same against his former club on Sunday.
Furthermore, his former Jeonbuk teammate Murilo has also been on the Suwon scoresheet four times so far along with one assist, surpassing his 2022 tally of a single goal, albeit with six assists.
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