Big match preview: SC Sagamihara v Fujieda MYFC

Fresh from last week’s impressive win against Machida Zelvia, Fujieda MYFC travel to the Kanagawa prefecture to take on last year’s Kanto League champions, SC Sagamihara.

Fujieda MYFC team news

The big news for Fujieda is that last week’s scorer Oha, is banned for Sunday’s match as he collected his fourth yellow card of the season last weekend. That means it will be down to Alan and Takahisa Nishiyama, who celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday, to the lead the line. Top scorer Kerlon could also return to action after being left on the bench for the past two wickets due to injury. He could be the man to replace suspended Nigerian.

Apart from that, there are not many talking points for this weekend from a Fujieda point of view. The side played well to get a win against Zelvia so it is unlikely that Toshihide Saito will make any unnecessary changes.

SC Sagamihara fact file

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 Founded: 2008
Ground: Sagamihara Asamizo Park Stadium
Season in JFL: 1st
Last season: 1st in Kanto League Division 1

SC Sagamihara are enjoying a fairly successful season in the Japan Football League after winning promotion last year. They currently sit in 8th place both three points and three places above MYFC.

The past five weeks have seen both teams with an identical record. Both sides have had a win, loss, loss, draw, win in their past five games and in that order. The home side for the weekend’s meeting had a very impressive win away to Sony Sendai last Sunday so will be looking to build on that.

Like Fujieda, Sagamihara also have a suspension to deal with on Sunday. They will be without Tetsuya Kanno after he picked up his fourth booking in his last match. It will be a big blow as he left winger has four goals and four assists in 15 appearances in 2013.

Kanno is not their top score however, as the side has two strikers who have been in very impressive form. Both Yuki Matsumoto and Sho Gokyu have seven goals in seventeen appearances this season. 24 year old Matsumoto’s form is even more impressive considering he has little previous experience at this level. Gokyu played JFL last year for now defunct Sagawa Shiga and made 12 appearances for Yokohama FC in J League 2.

Last season’s results

Not applicable as Sagamihara were playing Kanto League last year but earlier in the season, the reverse result was 2-2.

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