JFL preview: Fujieda MYFC v MIO Biwako Shiga

After not having a match last week, Fujieda return to JFL action this Sunday as they host bottom club MIO Biwako Shiga at the Fujieda Citizen Ground.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Two suspensions are the main worries for Toshihide Saito this weekend, especially as he is one of the suspended players after he picked up his fourth booking of the season in the last match against YSCC.

The other suspended player is goalkeeper Daichi Shibata, who also received his fourth booking of the season against YSCC. Four bookings in just eleven appearances is a poor disciplinary record for the ‘keeper in his first season at the club.

Shibata’s suspension means that Saito will need another goalkeeper for this week and that has led to coach and former player Daijirou Harada being given the number 36 shirt so he can provide goalkeeping cover on Sunday.

The other two new signings, Shuto Ishino and Manato Takahashi, will provide much needed competition in midfield and attack and could feature in this weekend’s match.

MIO Biwako Shiga fact file 

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Nickname: MIO/ Catfish
Founded: 2005
Ground: Konan Stadium
Season in JFL: 6th
Last season: 8th

Founded in 2005 and promoted to the JFL after a successful season in the regional leagues in 2007, MIO Biwako Shiga has undergone many different guises in their short history. Their current name is the third in their history with MIO being the name of the team, Biwako referring to the Lake Biwa and Shiga is the prefecture the club is based in.

After a solid eighth place finish last season, the club are currently struggling at the wrong end of the JFL table, sitting rock bottom in 18th spot. They started 2013 off well with four wins in the first seven games but since then they have just one win in their last twenty games. The shocking run has seen them earn just 6 points in that time.

If there is to be any threat from the Catfish then it is likely to come from Shingo Kinoshita, who is the side’s top scorer with six goals this season. After failing to score in 11 games last year, he has scored six in fourteen this year.

The side’s star man is Atsusho Katagiri. The FC Gifu and Ventforet Kofu left winger has over 100 games combined experience in J League Divisions 1 and 2. He has made just two appearances this year but they have come in two of the last three games so could be the man to watch out for.

Last season’s result

Last year’s match at the Fujieda Citizen Ground between the two sides was one to forget for MYFC. After Takumi Hashimoto gave the home side the lead in the 3rd minute, MIO went on to score seven goals to win the match 7-1.

Kick off is on Sunday at 5am/1pm.

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