J3 Preview: Fujieda MYFC v FC Ryūkyū

Ryukyu matchMatchday 3 of J3 sees Fujieda at home to FC Ryukyu. MYFC are yet to get any points on the board and it doesn’t get any easier this weekend with Ryukyu currently sitting top of the table, with two wins from two.

Fujieda MYFC team news
Last week saw a different system used by manager Musashi Mizushima. Despite the 4-2 loss to J League U22, deploying Ken Hisatomi in an unfamiliar role up front seemed to work, with the number 10 getting on the score sheet.

The other scorer last week was forward Takahiro Tanio. He came off the bench last week so if he is to start this week, either Hisatomi will have to drop back into midfield or Mizushima will have to revert back to playing two up front.

Another player whose performance last week deserves another start is Masaya Sato. The left back was deployed in midfield last Sunday and it paid off, he was involved in the build up for both goals and assisted Tanio’s goal.

Elsewhere, we haven’t seen anything of Daisuke Ichikawa yet this season but an appearance for the former Japan international defender could well help bolster what has been a leaky Fujieda defence so far, conceding seven goals in two games.

Hiroyuki Matsumoto started in goal last week after Park had started in the week before. Who starts in goal this week is surely anyone’s guess.

FC Ryukyu fact file
Okinawa Athletic Stadium
Norihiro Satsukawa
Last season:
11th (JFL)

FC Ryukyu finished just two places higher than Fujieda in the JFL last year but despite that there was a hefty 10 point gap between the sides.

Despite that, the last game of the last season saw MYFC travel to Ryukyu and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

However, much has changed since that match it terms of personal and the two sides currently occupy opposite ends of the J3 table.

Ryukyu have scored five and conceded zero goals in the first two wins of the season, which included a 3-0 win over J League U22 in the opening week of the season. This is despite their five top scorers last year, leaving the club at  the end of last season.

Their current top scorer is left winger Junpei Obata, who scored both of his goals this season in that 3-0 win. He managed just one goal last season so has already beaten that tally this year.

There are not many big superstars in the Ryukyu team but they certainly make up for it in team spirit. They are averaging 16 shots a match so far, which 6.5 of those, on average, are on target so whoever is in goal for Fujieda, can expect a busy time.

Last season’s result
17/03/13 – Fujieda MYFC 1-5 FC Ryūkyū

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



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