Big match preview: HOYO Oita v Fujieda MYFC

Matchday 13 sees Fujieda take the very long trip to 13th placed HOYO Oita. The 900 mile round trip is one of the biggest MYFC will face this season however, they can make it two wins on the bounce with a win on Sunday with HOYO looking for their first win in three.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Player/manager Toshihide Saito could be tempted to stick with the same system as last weekend after a comfortable 2-0 win last time out vs Honda Lock. Last week looked like a 5-4-1 system but seemed flexible with wing backs an option. Alan dropped out for the first time last Sunday and he could find it hard to make it back into the starting XI this weekend with no-one really in contention to be left out.

One man who will definitely force his way into the first eleven if fit is Kerlon. He has missed the last three games through injury but was back on the bench last week. This means he could be lacking match fitness but there is no doubt Saito will want to give him start as he has four goals in nine games this year. If he does force his way back in then a change of system may be needed to fit in the Brazilian mercurial. A 4-2-3-1 formation could be used as it is one which has worked well in the past when Kerlon has played.

Elsewhere, the number 1 jersey is up for grabs again as Tatsuya Murao returned to the goalkeeping spot last Sunday. He has now made five appearances with Daichi Shibata making the other seven. Who goes in goal this weekend will be a mystery until kick off.

HOYO Oita Fact File

Nickname: HOYO
Founded: 2003 as Hoyo Sukarabu, reformed in 2005 as HOYO Oita
Ground: Oita Sports Park
Season in JFL: 2nd
Last season: 15th

Founded in 2003 backed by the digital camera company Hoyo and then reformed in 2005, HOYO Oita are playing their second season in the Japan Football League in their short lifespan. Like Fujieda, HOYO played their first season in the JFL last year and consolidated a solid 15th place finish, a long 15 points above bottom place Tochigi Uva.

The club earned their place in the JFL with a third place finish in the promotion and relegation playoffs in 2011 after winning the Kyushu Championship.

This year as been a step up from the previous with the side being a lot more competitive. They have won a third of their first twelve games and they are currently sitting in 13th after a draw in their last game away to Sony Sendai. Without a doubt a high point so far this season for HOYO was the superb 1-0 victory away to top side Kamatamare Sanuki. A brilliant win which is currently Kamatamare’s only loss in 2013. Although after that came three straight defeats.

Top scorer so far this year is Yatsunori Shimaya who has an impressive five goals in ten games. He has picked up where he left of last year when he ended the season with four goals in his last five games. Last season’s top scorer Takaki Fukumitsu has also been in good form again. He has two goals and four assists to add to the eight and three he got in 2012.

HOYO Oita also have J League Division 1 winner in their ranks. He is Keita Sugimoto and he made 105 appearances in J1 for Nagoya Grampus between 2005 and 2010, winning the league is his final year at the club. Since then he has played in J2 for Tokushima Vortis but made just one appearance in 2012 and despite signing for HOYO in January he has not made one appearance yet for his new team. Maybe Sunday will be the day for his debut?

Last year’s results

Last year’s game in Oita finished 2-0 to MYFC with goals from Ken Hisatomi and Takahisa Nishiyama, both being assisted by Kerlon.

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

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