JFL preview: Fujieda MYFC v Yokogawa Musashino

The penultimate match of the Japan Football League season sees Fujieda host Yokogawa Musashino. MYFC are without a win in seven matches so will be looking towards this weekend’s game as a chance to get three points and move up the league.

Fujieda MYFC team news

Last week was a better performance from Toshihide Saito’s men but it wasn’t enough to secure a point away to Honda FC. Despite that, the starting lineup is unlikely to change too much as before the side went down to ten men, they were matching their opponents.

Daijirou Okuda’s second bookable offence in that game conceded a penalty which ultimately won Honda that match. Okuda’s red card means he will be unavailable for this week’s match. Shogo Fujimaki could be then man to replace him in the heart of the defence.

Yokogawa Musashino fact file

Nickname: Yokogawa
Founded: 1939
Ground: Musashino Municipal Stadium
Season in JFL: 15th
Last season: 10th

Yokogawa Musashino first competed in the the JFL back in 1999 and have been consistent performers ever since. The majority of their finishes have been in and around mid-table, except from a 2nd place finish in 2009, and this year looks to be no different with the team currently sitting in 10th spot.

It could be a lot worse though as Yokogawa got off to a very poor start. However, the side are now unbeaten in the league since the 20th July. This run has seen the club win seven and draw four, a spell which has seen them climb the table.

Their good form though is down mostly to their solid defence. In the JFL this year, the side has conceded an average of 1.06 goals per game, a lot lower than Fujieda’s 1.69. Their rearguard is ever better away from home, having conceded only 15 goals in 16 away matches.

Something that has let Yokogawa down though is their performance in front of goal. Only three teams have scored less than the 31 Yokogawa have. This shows in the amount of goals scored by each of their players. Their top scorer is Daigo Tomioka who has six goals in 2013.

One thing is for certain though when he comes to goals for Yokogawa, they are likely to have been set up by defensive midfielder Masahito Endo. The 27 year old has eight assists, adding to the six he managed last year.

Last season’s result

Last year in Fujieda, Yokogawa won 1-0.

Kick off is on Sunday at 18:00 or 09:00 in the UK.

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