Big match preview: Blaublitz Akita v Fujieda MYFC

Fujieda MYFC have a difficult task if they want to get back to winning ways as they face J League associate members Blaublitz Akita on Saturday.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Three questions for this weekend’s starting XI will be;

1. Will Toshihide Saito return to the starting lineup after missing last week?

2. Will Kerlon get his first start for four weeks after injury?

3. And will Saito continue to deploy striker Shogo Fujimaki in defence after last week’s outing?

If you’re a Fujieda fan you’re probably hoping the answers are yes, yes and no after last weekend’s draw to Zweigen Kanazawa. The defence is undoubtedly stronger with Saito at the back and Fujimaki did not have the best of games filling in for him v Kanazawa. Kerlon has already proven himself to be a cut above so any team would be desperate to have him back in the starting XI.

Blaublitz Akita fact file

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Nickname: Blaublitz
Founded: Formed in 1965 but reformed under current name in 2010
Ground: Akita Municipal Yabase Football Stadium
Season in JFL: 7th
Last season: 13th

The word ‘blaublitz’ comes from the German meaning blue lightning. They were originally called TDK Soccer Club after the electronics company TDK’s factoty based in Akita. They became independent from TDK for the 2010 season and that was when they picked up the name Blaublitz.

They won the Tokyo regional league for a fifth time in a row and were finally promoted after winning the promotion and relegation playoffs in 2006.

Current top scorer for Akita is Masatoshi Matsuda. He scored 12 last year and already has half that in 13 appearances so far this year. The striker has been a bit of journeyman in Japanese football after starting his career with FC Tokyo in 1999 he had several loan moves before signing for Montedio Yamagata. He played J1 football with Kyoto Sanga in 2006, scoring a couple of goals. He joined Blaublitz in 2007 before returning for a second spell in 2009. In 2011 he scored five goals in one match as his side beat Yamagata University 13-0 in the Emperor’s Cup.

Elsewhere, both of Akita’s full backs offer attacking threat. Both left back Masashi Nito and right back Hiroki Omori have five assists this year so a lot of their attacking threat could come through them.

Akita are performing well this year as after finishing 13th last year, they are sitting in 4th right now. They lost just three of their first 11 matches but have since lost two of their last three games. They lost to Sony Sendai 2-1 last week.

Last season’s result

Last year’s game in Akita between the two sides ended goalless.

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

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