Big match preview: Fujieda MYFC v Zweigen Kanazawa

Fujieda MYFC will look for three points as they take on J League associate members Zweigen Kanazawa at the Fujieda Citizen Ground. Both teams have had mediocre starts with Fujieda and Zweigen ninth and tenth respectively so will both be looking for a win her to push on for a top six spot.

Fujieda MYFC team news

The home side will hope to have captain Shinji Tominari back this weekend after a three game absence. The side have won only one of the three games without the influential skipper with the defence clearly not the same without him. If he returns he could replace Ryuji Mochizuki at centre back.

Alan was also another player who was absent from the squad last weekend. That was the first game of the season which the Brazilian had not been in the squad so shows how important of a player he is for player/manager Toshihide Saito. That said, he has not been having his best of seasons but he is still a vital cog in his new, deeper, role.

Another Brazilian, Kerlon, will also be looking for his first start in four matches after his appearance from the bench last week against HOYO Oita. He has four goals in ten games and MYFC will be looking for him to add to that if they are to get the win against Zweigen.

Zweigen Kanazawa Fact File

Nickname: Zweigen
Founded:1956, reformed in 2006 with their current name
Ground: They play at various grounds around Kanazawa but mainly at the Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium.
Season in JFL: 4th
Last season: 14th

Reformed in 2006 as Zweigen Kanazawa in a combination of two German words. ‘Zwei’ meaning two and ‘gen’ meaning to advance. Zweigen in German as one word actually means branches which is why the badge is based on a fleur-de-lis.

This will be the side’s fourth season in the Japan Football League after winning promotion in 2009 from the Hokushinetsu Football League. A solid first season finish of 9th was followed by an improved 7th place finish but last year was their worst finish as  they slumped to 14th place. Despite this, before the start of the season the club were awarded J League associate member status to give them the chance of promotion to J2. This seems unlikely this season as the club is currently in tenth place.

Things were looking a lot worse at the start of the season though after just one win in their first seven games. However, in their past six games, results have come in pairs. First came two wins against Tochigi Uva and Honda Lock. Then cam two losses to HOYO Oita and Fukushima United before two more wins against Blaublitz Akita and last week against Sony Sendai. Fujieda will be hoping this pattern is repeated with Zweigen due a lose.

Top scorer so far this year is Koto Sugawara with six goals. He scored 17 last year for Mio but had to wait until his eighth appearance for a goal but what a way to do it. He scored four and assisted the other in 5-1 win over Honda Lock.

Zweigen also have Ryosuke Ochi in their ranks. He played a couple of full seasons in J2 for Ehime in 2011 and 2010 and has made 11 appearances for his new side this season.

Last season’s result

Last year’s game at the Fujieda Citizen Ground finished 0-0.

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