JFL preview: FC Ryūkyū v Fujieda MYFC

The last game Fujieda MYFC will play in the Japan Football until at least 2015, sees the side travel eleventh place FC Ryūkyū.

Fujieda MYFC team news

After the brilliant news that Fujieda will be playing in J. League Division 3 next season, they will want to end 2013 with a bang. Earlier in the season when the two sides met, the game ended in a 5-1 defeat for MYFC so this Sunday’s game will also be a good chance for revenge.

Daijirou Okuda will return from suspension for this match after he forced out of last week’s loss to Yokogawa Musashino. He could replaced Hiroki Narabayashi or Takumi Hashimoto in the starting lineup.

Up front, Akira Toshima is likely to remain as the lone striker after he scored his first goal for the club last weekend. Takahisa Nishiyama and Manato Takahashi both came on as substitutes last week though, and will be pushing for that starting spot up top.

FC Ryūkyū fact file

Nickname: Lekio
Founded: 2003
Ground: Okinawa Athletic Stadium
Season in JFL: 8th
Last season: 9th

 FC Ryūkyū will be joining Fujieda in the J3 next year so this will be last chance the teams get to size each other up before their debuts in the new third tier.

The club thrashed Fujieda earlier in the season but right now they are in their worst form of the year. With just one win in their last seven, the club has slipped down to 11th in the league.

They too have suffered from a lack of goals from one particular player. Like Kerlon for Fujieda, Shunta Takahashi started the season in blistering form. He scored in each of the first eight games of the season, a spell when Ryūkyū lost just one game. However, since then the 24 year old has scored just five more and is without a goal in the JFL since August.

Although, the striker will surely be one of players looking to make an impact in the J3 next year as his consistent goal scoring in the past two seasons, 20 in 2012, justifies an attempt at the next level.

Another player to watch will be Yusuke Tanahashi. The winger has eight goals and five assists this year and has previous experience in J2 with Kataller Toyama.

Last season’s result

Last year when the two sides met in Ryūkyū, Fujieda came out on top with a 2-1 win.

Kick off is on Sunday at 13:00 or 04:00 in the UK.


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