For match-day 8 in J3, the matches will be played on Saturday to give an extra day’s rest for next week’s midweek games. This weekend, Fujieda MYFC host bottom club,and still winless, Yokohama Sports & Culture Club, also know as YSCC.
Fujieda MYFC team news
After the unfortunate 2-1 loss away to Sagamihara last week, wholesale changes may not be needed this weekend.
After banging in four goals on his first start for the club in the 4-1 away win over Nagano Parceiro last month, Tsugutoshi Oishi is without a goal in his three starts since. His spot up front could therefore be under threat, with Takahiro Tanio who scored a very impressive goal last week from midfield, pushing for a spot up top.
In defence, Mitsuru Mansho is likely to miss out again after he picked up an injury, and had to come off at half time, in the win over Parceiro. At the time, the diagnosis was that the forward-turned-defender could be out for up to eight weeks so he is unlikely to return just yet.
Also an absentee defence last weekend was Masato Mizuki. Fujieda will be hoping that he returns for this weekend’s game, having already contributed two goals this season.
Looking at the players who came off the bench last week, attacking midfielder Yuichiro Edamoto made an impact. He created a good chance for Ken Hisatomi, having only came on as a substitute in the 78th minute. He is a player who will be looking to return to the starting line-up this Saturday.
YSCC fact file
Stadium: NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Manager: Kenji Arima
Last season: 12th (JFL)
Having finished one place and three points above Fujieda last year, the tables have turned so far this season with YSCC two places below MYFC, having yet to win a game this season.
After a 1-1 draw on the opening weekend of J3 with second-bottom Blaublitz Akita, Yokohama have only scored one more goal since, in another 1-1 draw which this time was with Machida Zelvia.
That means the club have scored just two goals in their first seven games of the season and neither of those goals were away from home. However, they have only conceded 11, which is three less than Fujieda.
The lack of goals from YSCC considering they scored a fairly respectable amount of 45 goals last year and still have the main core of their squad from last season, including their five top scorers.
Their top scorer last year in the JFL was attacking midfielder Kosuke Matsuda, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances. He was supported by by another attacking midfielder in Akio Yoshida, who scored a further seven in 34 appearances.
Both are still with the club. Matsuda is yet to get off the mark but Yoshida has scored this season, grabbing the goal in 1-1 draw with Zelvia.
Their only other goalscorer this year is centre back Norimasa Nakanishi, who scored in the draw with Blaublitz Akita. Unsurprisingly, it was a header.
Another player to watch out for is midfielder Masato Yamazaki. The 23-year-old has played in J2 for the past four seasons for Kashiwa Reysol, Fagiano Okayama and most recently FC Gifu. However, in those four years, he has made a total of just 27 appearances. Now in J3 with YSCC, he is receiving more first team football and has already picked up an assist this year.
Last season’s result
22/09/13: Fujieda MYFC 1-2 YSCC
The match is on Saturday at 13:00 local time or 05:00 UK time.