Big match preview: Zweigen Kanazawa v Fujieda MYFC

On Sunday, Fujieda face a very tough trip to fourth place Zweigen Kanazawa who are looking to extend their twelve match unbeaten streak and continue their progression up the Japan Football League table.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Despite make his comeback from injury last week with a ten minute appearance off the bench, it is unlikely that Kerlon will play this weekend after it was revealed that the Brazilian was training with J2 club Tokyo Verdy.

There is good news though for Fujieda in the terms of another Brazilian returning to action. After his two match suspension, Alan is available again for this weekend’s match. He will provide a much needed attacking boost as the club has only managed one goal in his two game absence.

Speaking of suspensions though, Kanta Takahashi will be unavailable this weekend after he was sent off for two bookable offences last week. It will be a blow for MYFC as in the three games the centre back has played so far, the club has not lost. May be Toshihide Saito could make his timely return to fill in for Takahashi.

Zweigen Kanazawa Fact File

Nickname: Zweigen
Founded:1956, reformed in 2006 with their current name
Ground: They play at various grounds around Kanazawa but mainly at the Ishikawa Kanazawa Stadium.
Season in JFL: 4th
Last season: 14th

A sensational twelve game streak has seen Zweigen Kanazawa go unbeaten since a 3-0 loss to Fukushima United on May 12th. The run has seen them change their fortunes considerably as since that defeat when they were in 13th place they are now in 4th spot, just ten points off top spot.

Their last eight matches have resulted in six wins with their last home match being a 2-1 victory over Blaublitz Akita in front of a massive crowd of 8,112.

Their impressive improvement on last season’s form when they finished 14th has mainly been down to three players playing in their first season for the club. Shohei Kiyohara, Kazuhiro Sato and Koto Sugawara have all been in superb form this season, 20 goals and 14 assists between them.

Kiyohara joined the side from the disbanded Sagawa Shiga, where he banged in 17 goals in 30 matches last year in the JFL. So far this season he is Zweigen’s top scorer with eight goals and he also has five assists.

Sato is playing his first season in the JFL after joining from university at the start of the year. He has scored six goals and set up a further five in a very good debut season for the 22 year old.

Sugawara is relatively experienced at the age of 28. He has six goals and four assists so far in 2013 adding to his tally of 17 goals which he scored last year in JFL for MIO. He has also played 19 matches in J2 for Tokushima Vortis.

Kick is on Sunday at 7pm or 11am UK time.

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