Big match preview: Nagano Parceiro v Fujieda MYFC

The only game on Saturday in the Japan Football League this weekend sees Fujieda MYFC travel to AC Nagano Parceiro. The home side are currently in great form in second place and it looks like it will be tough for Fujieda to end a two game losing streak in Nagano.

Fujieda MYFC team news

With just one win in their last five, Fujieda will find it tough this weekend to make a second in six. In a real tough spell for player/manager Toshihide Saito with many injuries and suspensions he will be glad to know that no players are banned this Saturday.

The main concern for Saito will probably be whether or not Kerlon will be fit after he was subbed in the first half last week due to injury. If the Brazilian is available then he will be joined by fellow countryman Alan who is back from suspension after missing the defeat against Fukushima United. Ken Hisatomi will also return from suspension. Last week’s goalscorer Takumi Hashimoto could return to the bench to make way for one of the suspension returnees.

Former Japanese international Daisuke Ichikawa recently featured in a local TV program reviewing his progress back to fitness. The good news is that he is intending to return to training in July, which could then lead to his debut for MYFC after he was signed from Mito HollyHock in January.

Nagano Parceiro fact file

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Nickname: Nagano
Founded: 1990
Ground: Nagano Minami Sports Park Stadium
Season in JFL:3rd
Last season: 2nd

Having finished second in both of their seasons in the Japan Football League, it’s fair to say Nagano Parceiro are one of the favourites to play J3 football next year. Well, they really should be in J2 this season but their stadium prevented them from earning promotion.

This season, they have quickly returned to their favoured second place spot but are pushing Kamatamare Sanuki for that top spot as they are currently only behind on goal difference. That has been mainly down to their recent superb form, nine games unbeaten. However, their last loss was against none other than Fujieda!

Yuji Unozawa is the man they can thank for a lot of their victories this year. In fact, it was the same last year too as he scored seventeen in the JFL. He has ten already this season so he has a good chance of beating his own record. Unozawa’s form will certainly be delighting Nagano fans as he is finally showing the potential, albeit at the age of 30, he showed when he made his debut in 2005 for Kashiwa Reysol in J1.

MYFC will also have to watch out for midfielders Yuki Sato and Naoki Hatada as they both have five assists this year so will be the men trying to supply Unozawa.

Last season’s result

Last year in Nagano, the home side won with ease as they strolled to a 4-0 victory against Fujieda.

Kick off is at 3pm (7am UK time) on Saturday.

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