JFL Preview: Sony Sendai v Fujieda MYFC

Fujieda MYFC travel to Sony Sendai this Saturday with the tough task of ending their four game losing streak against a side in seventh place.

Fujieda MYFC team news

After last week’s failed experiment of starting Takahiro Tanio in a five man midfield, Toshihide Saito could be likely to give Alan a return to the starting eleven. The Brazilian is still MYFC’s leading goalscorer with six goals so could be the man to end the losing streak. However, the 30 year old scored since the 2-1 vicotry of Tochigi Uva on the 21st July. The forward did score a goal against Sendai last season though.

Akira Toshima has also yet to make impact at Fujieda. Since joining on loan from JEF Chiba, the forward has made two starts and three sub appearances but still hasn’t scored. He could be dropped to the bench to make space for Takahisa Nishiyama or to maybe give  debut to Manato Takahashi.

There could also be returns for Shogo Fujimaki and Hiroyuki Ishida who both returned from suspension last Sunday but did not feature.

Sony Sendai fact file

Nickname: Sendai
Founded: 1968
Ground: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Season in JFL: 16th
Last season: 12th

One of the oldest and most consistent teams in the Japan Football League, Sony Sendai are having a relatively good season year, compared to their previous seasons.

A run of four consecutive wins back in June has definitely been a high point of the season so far for Sendai but their recent form but their recent form has been solid, two wins, two draws and one loss.

Sendai have one of the tightest defences in the league. They have only conceded 25 goals in the 29 matches so far this year, the fourth least in the entire division. Fujieda have conceded almost double, 49 to be exact.

The only real difference between Sendai and the top teams has been the amount of goals they have scored, just 29 this season. A major contributing factor to this has been Goshi Okubo’s departure. After scoring just 12 goals in 22 games in the JFL this year, he was snapped up by Montedio Yamagata in J2. It was quite a turnaround, considering Okubo only scored one goal in 25 games last year.

After Okubo played his last game for the club back on the 4th August, Sendai have scored just four goals in six games.

Last season’s result

Last year when Fujieda traveled to Sendai, Sony won 1-0.

Kick off is on Saturday at 13:00/05:00.

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