J3 Preview: Grulla Morioka v Fujieda MYFC

Grulla match

Fujieda look to end their three-match losing streak as they travel to 7th place Grulla Morioka for a rare midweek J3 match.

Fujieda MYFC team news
After another disappointing defeat on Saturday to YSCC, MYFC will be looking to make amends as soon as possible and that chance comes earlier than usual with this midweek match.

For last Saturday’s match, Musashi Mizushima made just one change with Masato Mizuki coming into the defence. However, after a poor showing defensively, having conceded two early goals, there could be more changes for tomorrow’s game.

Kazushi Uchida and Daijirou Okuda both came off the bench at half time to sure up the side defensively and they could get starts tomorrow as they both helped Fujieda keep a clean sheet in the second half.

Up top, Tsugutoshi Oishi will be likely to continue to lead the line on his own after he scored his fifth goal of the season against YSCC on Saturday. Fellow striker Yusuke Ishii made his debut in the weekend’s game and could make another appearance.

Grulla Morioka fact file
Stadium: 
South Park Football Stadium
Manager: 
Naoki Naruo
Last season: 
1st (Tohoku League Division 1)

For a side which had only ever played as high as Japan’s fourth tier before this season, Grulla Morioka have not had a bad start to life in the J League.

Having formed in 2003 and played in Tokoku League’s top division since 2005, Grulla haveinished as either champions or runners-up in every one of their seasons so far, except from their very first.

This year saw them finally join the J League and they made a great start to life in J3, with three wins and one draw from their opening four matches.

However, since then it has become more of a struggle, with Grulla picking up just one point from their last four matches, including a heavy 4-1 defeat by Machida Zelvia.

They will be looking to get back to winning ways against Fujieda and the team have played only three of their eight games so far at home so their fans are surely keen to them again. Despite this, they have scored seven of their twelve goals at home.

Half of their goals this season have been contributed by Yuesi Okada and Ryota Doi, who have three goals each.

Yuesi Okada is a surprise package as top-scorer as the centre-back played 24 games for Tochigi Uva in the JFL in 2012 without scoring. However, it is less surprising when you see that two of the 26-year-old’s goals have came as penalties.

Ryota Doi’s goalscoring form has also been a slight surprise. The 26-year-old forward made 18 appearances in J2 back in 2012 for Thespakusatsu Gunma without scoring. He also made two appearances in 2007 in J1 with Vissel Kobe.

This season though, he has contributed three goals and one assist so far in just two starts and five sub appearances.

Last season’s result
The teams were in different divisions last year.

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

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