The big match preview: Fujieda MYFC v Sagawa Printing

This Easter Sunday, Fujieda take on Sagawa Printing in the side’s fourth game of the season. With both sides currently just one win each so far this season, it could be an important game as both clubs look to kickstart their seasons.

Fujieda go into this game on a real high after a great 2-0 win last week away to Mio Biwako Kusatsu. Mio were unbeaten after thier fast two games and would have fancied themselves against a pointless MYFC after two games. However, Fujieda stunned their hosts with goals from substitute Takahiro Tanio and Takisha Nishiyama in the 74th and and 92nd minutes respectively, securing their first win of the season.

The main selection issues for MYFC coming into this game will be who starts up top. The past two games have seen the Brazilians Alan and Kerlon start up top but after a disappointing start to the season for Kerlon his place could be in doubt. Tanio is the likely man to replace him as he scored off the bench against Mio but Takhimi Hashimoto is also in the frame after he started the first game of the season.

It will be also interesting to see who player/manager Toshihide Saito starts in goal. The side started the season with two new ‘keepers, Tatsuya Murao signed from FC Gifu in J League 2 and Daichi Shibata who joined from university. The first two games, Saito chose the more experience Murao but after two losses switched to Shibata who kept a clean sheet. Saito could be tempted to stick with the youngster after a decent performance last time out.

Sagawa Printing come into this game with a win, a draw and a loss. Last week they were held 0-0 at home to Sony Sendai, who have three draws this season. They finished 7th place last season, five points above Fujieda.

After scoring three in their first game in a 3-0 win over Zweigen Kanazawa, Sagawa have failed to score in their next two games. This could be down to the side losing last season’s top scorer, Shintaro Hirai, to JFL rivals Blaublitz Akita.

The main threat for Fujieda is likely to come in the form of attacking midfielder Koya Iwasaki, who was Sagawa’s second top scorer last year withe eight goals. Iwasaki already has one goal this season and his eight goals last season came in just 17 starts (although he made 10 sub appearances) so he is going to be the man to watch out for.

The game kicks off at 16:00 Japan time, which is 7am in England. If MYFC can grab their first home win of the season then it can lift them out of the relegation playoff spot they currently occupy in third bottom and it the heights of midtable. However, at this early stage of the season, the table can be very misleading.


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