The big match preview: Kamatamare Sanuki v Fujieda MYFC

Fujieda MYFC have a difficult task if they want to bounce back to winning ways after last week’s draw with rivals Honda FC, as they take on second place Kamatamare Sanuki away from home. The hosts have lost just one goal all year so it is set to be a tough game for Toshihide Saito’s men.

Last Sunday’s 3-3 draw in the Shizuoka Derby will still be in the minds of Fujieda players. 2-0 up at half time and still two goals ahead with twenty minutes to go, MYFC surrendered their lead with two late goals. It was a big disappointment for the home side but they were be spirited from the largest home crowd of the season that turned up to watch the draw.

Player/manager Saito seems fairly certain on his first eleven now with the team last week showing just one change with Hiroki Narabayashi replacing Shogo Nakatsuru at right back. The two have been swapping in and out of the position in the last few games. Apart from the right back slot, there is likely to be little to think about in terms of the starting lineup for this weekend’s match.

One thing however, that may be worth thinking about is the starting formation for the match. With Kamatamare losing just one game this season then it is bound to be a tough game so Saito may think about reverting to a 4-5-1 system which is aimed at containing the opposition more than the usual 4-4-2. This means either Alan or Takahisa Nishiyama could be dropped up front but with Nishiyama being just 164cm he could struggle to lead the line on his own.

Kamatamare Sanuki have won five of their six matches this season to see them currently sit in second place and just one point off top spot. Despite this, they have only managed to score six goals in their games so far with four of their five being victories by the odd goal. What has helped them this season though is their measly defence which has conceded just one goal so far in 2013. That came in their rather surprising 1-0 loss at home to second bottom club Hoyo Oita.

What makes their defensive record even more incredible is that they employ a back three in a 3-5-2 formation. The side has only used four defenders all seasons but are all of which experienced with an average age of 28 between them. The tactic of three centre backs seems to be working wonders for the club with opposition forwards seemingly outnumbered by them. It is likely they continue this formation into this weekend.

Top scorer so far for Kamaramare is 30 year old Yusamasa Nishino who has two goals so far. He can play either up front or in defence but has been used solely as a striker so far this season. He also has J League Division 1 experience with Jubilo Iwata and Shimizu S-Pulse although he was mainly used as a defender for these sides. Last year he managed a career best 10 goals in the JFL and a further three in the Emperor’s Cup. Nishino will certainly be the man MYFC will have to have their eye on.

Kick off is Sunday 5am UK time or 1pm in Japan.

 

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