JFL Preview: Honda FC v Fujieda MYFC

It’s that time of the season again. Time for Shizuoka derby. Fujieda travel to their prefecture rivals to defend the bragging rights which they won earlier in the season.

The two sides have met twice already this season. The first ended in a 3-3 draw but it was the season’s second meeting which MYFC fans will never be forget.

A 1-0 win over Honda in the Shizuoka Prefecture Cup final was enough to secure Fujieda’s first ever qualification to the Emperor’s Cup.

But that was back in August, first forward two and half months and Honda are the side on top. Currently sitting in seventh place, they are six spots and eleven points ahead of MYFC.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Although it was another loss last week for Fujieda last week, they can take heart from last week’s 1-0 loss to Kamatamare Sanuki. It was a decent perfromance against a side pushing for the title.

The majority of MYFC’s squad is now available. The only real change which could happen this week could be Toshihide Saito returning to the starting lineup, he placed himself on the bench last week and decided against making an appearance.

This means it is likely to be a hard decision for Saito on who makes it into his starting lineup. A near fully fit squad, all of whom will be pushing to make the team for the derby. The hunger for victory should be higher then ever.

Honda FC fact file

Nickname: Honda
Founded: 1971
Ground: Miyakoda Soccer Stadium
Season in JFL: 15th
Last season: 5th

Honda’s long dominance in the Shizuoka prefecture looked to be over earlier in the season when Fujieda defeated them but it has not turned out that way. One of the JFL’s most consistent sides has shown their experience with a late run of impressive form to climb up to 7th place in the league and with a chance to progress further.

One of the revelations of Junichiro Shibata. Last season, the midfielder scored just two goals in 26 games but this year, the 31 year old has nine goals in 25 games. He has also contributed five assists this year too so is a key player for Honda.

Also key hosts this Sunday will be midfielders Ryuta Hosokai and Nozomi Nishi. They have seven and six goals respectively. The side’s main striker is Kiichi Iga, who has seven goals this year.

Last season’s result

Last year in Honda, the hosts won the bragging rights with a 2-1 win.

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

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