JFL preview: Fujieda MYFC v Blaublitz Akita

After the excitement of the Emperor’s Cup, Fujieda return to league action as they host Blaublitz Akita this Sunday. The meeting of these two sides earlier in the season produced a nine goal thriller with MYFC coming out on top 6-3. If this game is as half exciting as the previous, fans could be in for a treat this weekend.

Fujieda MYFC team news

After last week’s 2-0 loss to Shimizu S-Pulse, Fujieda players will have to deal with the reality of league action once more this week. The players will obviously be disappointed with the defeat against S-Pulse but they can be incredibly proud of their performance against a J1 side and their performances prior to that defeat.

Despite the loss last weekend, there was one positive and that was the debut of former Japanese international Daisuke Ichikawa. The defender come on as a substitute in the 81st, marking his first appearances for the club after recovering from an injury which has kept him out since the start of the season. Toshihide Saito, who made his return to the starting lineup against S-Pulse, could be tempted to give him his first league start of 2013.

Another debut could be possible for Fujieda as well as Akira Toshima has yet to feature in the league. He started in the Emperor’s Cup first round win over Arterivo Wakayama but was subbed at half time. He also remained on the bench for last week’s second round match. However, the JEF loanee could make his league debut on Sunday as he will be pushing for a start up front.

As for Kerlon, well who knows? He hasn’t played since a 7 minute sub appearance against HOYO Oita on the the 4th August, after he was linked with a move to Tokyo Verdy. Since then he hasn’t featured in any match day squads so whether he does on Sunday will be a mystery until then.

Blaublitz Akita fact file

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Nickname: Blaublitz
Founded: Formed in 1965 but reformed under current name in 2010
Ground: Akita Municipal Yabase Football Stadium
Season in JFL: 7th
Last season: 13th

Blaublitz Akita, who currently sit in 6th position in the JFL, are also returning to league action this weekend after defeat in the Emperor’s Cup last weekend. They defeated fourth-tier side Renofa Yamaguchi in the first round 2-0 but were stopped in their tracks after a 3-0 defeat in the second round against J1 side Vegalta Sendai.

Blaublitz’s league form as been very impressive recently though. Four wins in their last six has seen them climb to sixth spot in the table, with a chance to continue their progression as they are just 4 points off 4th place.

Their last match in the league before the break for cup matches saw them record a very impressive 4-0 win over Sony Sendai at home, who were 6th place before the match. However, their home form is significantly better than their away form, with six of their eight losses coming on their travels. They have also only scored 13 goals away, compared to 21 at home.

The side currently has two players with eight goals this season. Midfielder Takeshi Handa and experienced forward Masatoshi have the majoirty of Blaublitz’s goals but Handa has just one in his last seven and Masatoshi has just two. The majority of the pair’s goals came at the start of the season with goals being more spread out in recent weeks.

Last season’s result

Last year when Fujieda took on Blaublitz at home, they won 2-0 with goals from Alan and Takumi Hashimoto.

Kick off is 4pm (8am UK time) on Sunday at the Fujieda Sports Complex Park.

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