Big match preview: Fukushima United v Fujieda MYFC

On Sunday, Fujieda MYFC travel to Fukushima United for match day 17 of the Japan Football League. Both sides have now dropped into the bottom half of the table so will be looking at this weekend’s game as an ideal opportunity to move up the table.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Suspensions are set to hit Fujieda hard again this week with two more players unavailable for selection this weekend. Both Alan and Ken Hisatomi picked up their fourth bookings of the season in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Sony Sendai. The positive news though, will be that Kerlon served is one game suspension last week so should be available on Sunday.

Some news on the two Japanese internationals in MYFC’s ranks as well this week. Player/manager Toshihide Saito has not appeared in the last three games but will be looking to make a return this week. The other former international, Daisuke Ichikawa is hopefully nearing his return to action after a long term injury has prevented him making any appearances so far this year.

Speaking of long term absentees, Hiroyuki Ishida has not featured since the 5th May after he played six matches in a row earlier in the season. I am not entirely sure why he has missed out ever since the Sagamihara game in May but I would presume it is an injury.

Fukushima United fact file

Fukushima United badge

Nickname: United
Founded: 1977
Ground: Fukushima Azuma Stadium
Season in JFL: N/A (1st in Tohoku League Division 1)
Last season: 1st

Fukushima United are enjoying a fairly solid start to their JFL careers after finishing runners up in the promotion league series to Sagamihara last year. Their performance in the competition earned them promotion to Japan’s third tier for the first time.

Last year really was a successful season for the club as not only did they gain promotion but they also got to the fourth round of the Emperor’s Cup, which they qualified for by winning the Fukushima Prefectural Cup. Quite incredibly, they beat two J League Division 1 teams, both away from home. A 4-3 win over Ventforet Kofu and a 1-0 win over Albirex Niigata saw them into the last 16 before losing 5-0 to JEF Chiba.

This season started off well for the newcomers but has deteriorated quickly. They are currently without a win since a 3-0 win over Zweigen Kanazawa on 12th May. Since then there have been five games, which have brought just two points and only four goals.

They have really struggled for goals this year, with ten different scorers but no-one scoring more than two. They have scored just 15 in total, making them the third lowest scorers in the league.

Last season’s result

Not applicable as Fukushima were in the regional leagues last year.

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

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