J3 Preview: AC Nagano Parceiro v Fujieda MYFC

Nagano ParceiroIt doesn’t get easier for Fujieda as on Sunday, they travel to last year’s JFL winners, AC Nagano Parceiro.

Fujieda MYFC team news
After last week’s impressive comeback and subsequent draw against FC Ryukyu, you could say that manager Musashi Mizushima is well in his rights to select an unchanged to this weekend.

However, MYFC’s performance did not improve until three substitutions had been made and a fourth was on the pitch for the equaliser.

This means, it could be very likely that there will be changes to the staring lineup this week. It’s possible that Ken Hisatomi will drop back into a more familiar role in midfield and that, one of or both, last week’s striker subs Takahiro Tanio or Tsugutoshi Oishi, could start up front instead.

Park is likely to continue in goal after some fine saves against Ryukyu but Mizushima has varied his goalkeeper in each match so far.

AC Nagano Parceiro fact file
Saku Central Athletic Park Stadium (sometimes play at various other stadiums)
Naohiko Minobe
Last season: 
1st (JFL)

After a successful season last year, losing just four games as they won the JFL title and reaching the last 16 of the Emperor’s Cup, Nagano Parceiro are looking like they will continue their good form into J3.

So far, they have won two and drawn, meaning they are currently in 3rd place in the table. They have only scored three goals this season, however they have conceded just one.

This is largely down to the fact that their successful squad from last season, is still mainly intact this year. All their key men from last season, with the exception of Takashi Fujii who went to Blaublitz Akita, are still with them this season.

This includes star striker Yuji Unozawa. The forward is now in his third season with Nagano but will have to do well to better the past two years. In his first two seasons with the club in the JFL, Unozawa scored 37 and assisted 18 in just 66 appearances. And the 30 year old is up to his old tricks this year as well, as he scored both of Nagano’s goals in their 2-1 win over Zweigen Kanazawa last week.

Another player to watch out for is Yuki Sato. The 26 year old scored 8 and set up a further 7 last season from midfield and has featured in all three matches last season.

New additions to the squad this year include striker Shunta Takahashi, who scored 34 goals in two seasons with Ryukyu in the JFL. He already has one goal this season.

Another off-season signing was defender Ryosuke Kawanabe, who signed from rivals Matsumoto Yamaga. Despite having made 63 appearances in J2 over the past four years, the 28 year old has yet to feature this season.

Last season’s result
29/06/13 – Nagano Parceiro 0-0 Fujieda MYFC

Kick off
The match is on Sunday at 13:00 local time or 05:00 UK time.



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