J3 Preview: Fujieda MYFC v J League U22

JU22 match

It’s that time of the week again! Time for a preview of the weekend’s Fujieda match. This Sunday, MYFC take on the J. League’s U22 side. Both sides lost their opening games of the season 3-0 so will both be looking to make amends in match day 2.

Fujieda MYFC team news
It will be interesting to see what side Musashi Mizushima lines up with this Sunday for Fujieda’s first home game of the season.

With last week being the first competitive game of the season, I would presume that he went out with his strongest lineup, following his assessment of the sqaud during pre-season.

Despite the 3-0 loss last week, I would not be surprised if he did not make any changes. An away trip to Machida Zelvia is always going to be hard but when it’s the first game of the year with a brand new team that’s hardly played together, it’s going to be even harder.

It would be unfair, therefore, to drop players who started last week just because of one defeat, especially under such circumstances as already discussed.

In fact, according to the excellent Football Lab website, Fujieda had 173 attacks last Sunday, the second highest  in the league behind their opponents Zelvia. The real telling statistic though is that only 2.9% of those resulted in some sort of chance for MYFC.

If Fujieda are to test J League U22 this Sunday, they will have to be creative with their attacks and produce more.

Last week was the first taste of competitive senior action for four Fujieda players who had all been signed up from university sides. It was also a first experience of J League football for many others.

Now with a their débuts out of the way, hopefully this Sunday, talented players like Ken Hisatomi can really flourish and secure Fujieda’s first points of 2014.

J League U22 fact file
All matches are played away
Tsutomu Takahata
Last season: 

The inclusion of a side preparing the J League’s best U22 talent for the 2016 Olympics in Rio is an interesting experiment by the JFA.

Last weekend though it was clear that it is going to take a while for players from 30 different teams to work together. Last Sunday’s 3-0 loss to FC Ryukyu showed that.

With an average squad age at 19.7, there is not a lot of experience in the side. Manager Tsutomu Takahata, formerly of Kawasaki Frontale, also has a very large squad to choose from. Just under 90 players from J Leagues 1 & 2 are registered to play for the side. It’s no wonder there is a lack of chemistry in the squad.

What the side does have though is a lot of talented youngsters. Many of the players have played for Japan’s youth teams. If they click, they could become a real force to be reckoned with.

In the meantime though, as manager Takahata tries to gel his squad, it is the perfect time for Fujieda to play J League U22.

Last season’s result
The J League U22 side did not exist last year.

Kick off
The match is on Sunday at 13:00 local time or 04:00 UK time.


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