Big match preview: Fujieda MYFC v HOYO Oita

Tomorrow’s clash at home to HOYO Oita is the ultimate definition of mid table mediocrity. Fujieda are currently tenth whilst their opponents for the weekend are eleventh. Both sides have also won eight games this year, with just two points separating the sides.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Following last weekend’s draw with 16th place Honda Lock, a home game against a similarly ranked side is a great chance for Fujieda to get back on the win trail. Even more so after Oita won 2-0 at home earlier in the season as tomorrow’s match is a chance for revenge.

Fujieda’s average goals conceded per match this season so far is 1.59 but since new signing Kanta Takahashi’s introduction into the back line, the side has conceded just one goal in its last two games. After just two matches, it is clear to see that the 21 year old has formed a formidable partnership with Shogo Fujimaki at the heart of defence. Takahashi’s decent performances have come at a good time for MYFC with Toshihide Saito missing out in the last three matches.

Elsewhere going forward, Alan is suspended again but there is hope of a return for Kerlon despite his recent lengthy absence. Last week Oha and Nishiyama started up front but the latter lasted just the first half before being replaced. However, at home this week they are both likely to keep their starting spot.

HOYO Oita Fact File

Nickname: Oita
Founded: 2003 as Hoyo Sukarabu, reformed in 2005 as HOYO Oita
Ground: Oita Sports Park
Season in JFL: 2nd
Last season: 15th

At least you know what you get from HOYO Oita matches. Consistent and steady, they are averaging 1.09 goals per game and conceding, on average, 1.14. Despite this, they have only drawn four games all season with three of those coming in their last six games.

Interestingly, out of their eight wins this season, five have come away from home so they are unlikely to be deterred by the trip to Fujieda. They have also kept five clean sheets whilst playing away, which is no mean feat considering that is almost half of their total 11 away matches.

A big problem for Oita this weekend though are suspensions. Both of their ever present centre backs are banned this weekend after accumulating four yellow cards each. Kosuke Fukumoto and Junya Tanaka have both player every minute of all 22 JFL games this year but they will somehow need to be replaced this game. This could be a big problem for their side as the pair have been rocks so far this season.

If they do manage find replacements at the back then striker Yatsunori Shimaya will provide a real goal threat going forward. He has nine goals in eighteen appearances this season, over a third of his side’s 24 goals. Surprisingly, at just 170cm and 63kg, four of his goals have come from headers with opponents may be underestimating his aerial prowess.

Last season’s match

When the sides last met at Fujieda last season, the game ended 0-0.

Kick off is on Sunday at 5pm or 9am UK time.

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