Big match preview: Fujieda MYFC v Sony Sendai

This Sunday sees Fujieda MYFC take on Sony Sendai in match day  sixteen at the Fujieda Citizen Ground. After the goal fest against Blaublitz Akita last time out, something extraordinary will have to happen in order to match that.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Last week, it all came together for Fujieda. Kerlon and Alan were back in the starting lineup and the attacking threat was hugely amplified. Other teams in the Japan Football League will have to do well to match the MYFC’s attacking lineup when they are in form. It had been a while since Toshihide Saito had been able to name his preferred forwards and it really showed how much they had been missed after smashing in six goals last weekend.

However, this week, the side will have to do without Kerlon as he is suspended after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season last weekend. This will be a massive blow for Saito’s plans as just as he gets the Brazilian back fully fit, he is out once again. Yuta Murase is likely to replace him.

This week, another  question about the starting XI will be whether Saito will choose to return to the lineup or not. He has missed the last two matches but will find it hard to pick himself after last week’s convincing win. The man likely to drop out if he does return will be striker-turned-defender Shogo Fujimaki who had been filling in at the back in the past two weeks.

Sony Sendai fact file

Sony Sendai badge

Nickname: Sendai
Founded: 1968
Ground: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Season in JFL: 16th
Last season: 12th

It’s fair to say that Sony Sendai have been the JFL’s Mr Consistent over the past 15 years. They won promotion back in 1997 and played their first season in Japan’s third tier the year after. Since then they have had solid finishes every year, finishing as high as third in 2009. The only season where they had any real relegation worries was in 2011. Following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Sendai were given permission to only play the second half of the season. They unsurprisingly finished bottom (although only three points off the side who finished second bottom) but were given a reprieve following JEF Reserves’ withdrawal.

2013 has been pretty successful for the club so far, having only lost three of their first fifteen matches. The major success story so far has undoubtedly been Goshi Okubo, who has nine goals in 15 appearances. He made 25 appearances last year for Sendai but was mostly used as a substitute, managing to score just one goal. This year has been totally different, especially in recent weeks as he has four goals in his last three matches.

Last season’s result

2012’s game in Fujieda between the two sides ended in a resounding 3-0 victory to the home side with Kerlon having a particularly good game, grabbing a goal and an assist. It is unlikely that this year’s match will be as one sided but if the Brazilian is in form, anything is possible.

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

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