J3 Preview: Fujieda MYFC v Fukushima United

Fukushima matchAfter last week’s win over Nagano Parceiro, Fujieda have a great chance to grab another win, as they host winless Fukushima United this Sunday.

Fujieda MYFC team news
Last week Musashi Mizushima chose to start the match with a 4-4-2 system, and as we all now know, it was incredibly successful.

This means that it is unlikely many changes will be made after last Sunday’s brilliant 4-1 away victory over Nagano Parceiro.

After scoring four goals last week, Tsugutoshi Oishi is likely to lead the line again. In his first start of the season last weekend, he was simply unstoppable. His performance was a striking master class. Everything that was in the six yard box, Oishi was first to it and his poacher’s instinct helped him to his first goals for Fujieda.

Up front alongside him was Ken Hisatomi and that is likely to be the case this week as well, with the diminutive 23 year old enjoying a spell further up the pitch.

Elsewhere, Park remained in goal last week after he had played the week before as well. This could now mean that Mizushima is settled on the Korean being his number one in goal, with Hiroyuki Matsumoto as his backup.

Fukushima United fact file
Shinobu Stadium
Keisuke Kurihara
Last season:
14th (JFL)

After their first season in the JFL last year ended in 14th place mediocrity, Fukushima United have had a slow start to life in J3.

After four matches, they have just one point and have scored only two goals – one of them being an own goal.

To be fair to Fukushima though, they have had tough fixtures so far. Their losses came to Nagano Parceiro, Grulla Morioka and Gainare Tottori, three teams with just one loss between them. Their draw came against Blaublitz Akita, another of the sides yet to win.

The side have struggled for goals this year though. Last year’s top scorer was Ryohei Yoshihama, who got 8 goals – one of them against Fujieda. He was on loan from Shonan Bellmare though and has returned to his parent club this season.

Kosuke Shirai was also a vital player for Fukushima last year, scoring four and assisting five but he was also on loan from Shonan Bellmare.

Again this year though, the club have received a significant helping hand from Bellmare, receiving a further four players on loan.

They still have the South Korean pair; Kong-Chyong Kim and Hong-Yeon Kim in their ranks though. Kong-Chyong set up seven goals last year and already has one assist this season. Hong-Yeon is yet to score this season but did score 5 times last year so could be a man to watch out for.

Their only goal this year has been scored by Junya Kuno. He has started on the wing and played the full ninety in all four of the side’s matches this season so far. The 25 year old has previous J League experience, having played for Ventforet Kofu in J1 and J2 back in 2007 and 2008. He even managed a goal in J1.

Last season’s result
20/10/13 – Fujieda MYFC 0-2 Fukushima United

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



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