JFL Preview: Fujieda MYFC v Kamatamare Sanuki

Match day 30 of the Japan Football League sees Fujieda MYFC hosting second place and title challengers Kamatamare Sanuki at the Fujieda Citizen Ground. After MYFC ended their losing streak last week, they will be up for this game.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Well there’s just four games left in 2013 season of the JFL and they could be the last four games Fujieda ever play in the division with the J League Division 3 beginning next year.

That means that Toshihide Saito and his men have just four more games left to convince the J League that they are worthy of a spot in the inaugural J3 season.

With that in mind, it was a good time for Fujieda to end their losing streak last week with a hard fought draw away to Sony Sendai.

This week’s game will be a lot harder for MYFC against a side challenging for the title but they will surely be on a high and boosted by the fact there are no suspensions and major injury worries.

Saito was on the bench last week so he could return to the staring lineup. Hiroyuki Ishida could also get a start after coming off the bench to score last week. It would not be a surprise if the 5-4-1 system used last week is used again this weekend after its success last time out.

Kamatamare Sanuki fact file

Nickname: Sanuki
Founded: 1956
Ground: Kagawa General Sports Park
Season in JFL: 3rd
Last season: 4th

After finally achieving promotion to the JFL in 2011, Kamatamare Sanuki have built on an impressive 4th place finish last season to now challenging for the title.

With just four games to play, Sanuki are four points off top placed Nagano Parceiro so a slip up against Fujieda could cost them their title hopes.

They will be without captain Yasumasa Nishino and midfieldr Shohei Yamamoto for Sunday’s game as both are suspended. Striker Nishino will be a big loss. Not only has the 31 year old scored six goals this year but his experience will be missed as the forward has years of experience in J1 with several clubs, mostly with Kyoto Sanga.

Yamamoto will also be a miss after he picked up his eighth yellow card last week. The 31 year old midfielder has three goals and two assists so far this year and has previous J2 experience with Roasso Kumamato.

One player who will be available though is top scorer Ryosuke Kijima. The 34 year old has had an impressive first season in the JFL with 14 goals so far in 2013. It has been a welcome change for the striker who failed to score in last season in J2 whilst playing with Tokyo Verdy and Matsumoto Yamaga. He will be the man Fujieda have to watch out for.

Last season’s result

Last year when Fujieda hosted Kamatamare Sanuki, the game ended in a goalless draw.

Kick off is on Sunday at 04:00/13:00.

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