J3 Preview: Zweigen Kanazawa v Fujieda MYFC

Kanazawa match 2Match day 14 sees Fujieda MYFC travel to third place Zweigen Kanazawa, where a win for MYFC could see them move as high as 8th place, depending on goal difference.

Fujieda MYFC team news
Two wins in a row. Fujieda are flying. The 2-1 win over YSCC last weekend was the first time Fujieda recorded back-to-back wins this season. They have been largely boosted by striker Tsugutoshi Oishi, who now has 9 goals in 11 games, seven more than any other Fujieda player.

With him in the squad, it seems like MYFC can score in any match, in fact there has only been three games in which Fujieda have failed to score in when Oishi has featured, the last of them being the 0-0 draw with Zweigen back on 4th May. The forward is impressively clinical, scoring 22.5% of his shots.

If Oishi were to pick up an injury, it certainly would be a worry as to where the goals would come from for MYFC but for now, he is fit and scoring goals. So many in fact, Fujieda have scored only one less goal than Zweigen, who have 12 more points, but have also conceded 18 more.

Zweigen Kanazawa fact file
Stadium: 
Ishikawa Seibu Ryokuchi Stadium
Manager: 
Hitoshi Morishita
Last season: 
7th (JFL)

After a very solid start, losing just one of their first 11 matches, Zweigen Kanazawa have last their last two games.

However, both have been tight 1-0 losses with Zweigen’s very tight defence only being breached once in each game. Kanazawa actually have the joint-best defence in J3, they have conceded just 6 in 13 games, the same as league leaders Machida Zelvia, who they lost 1-0 to last week. The club have not lost a game by more than a one goal margin all year.

This Sunday’s game, Fujieda will find it hard to break Zweigen down, they have only conceded three goals in seven home games this season, keeping four clean sheets.

The sides’ current top scorer is Kazuhiro Sato, who has five goals so far this year in 12 games. The attacking midfielder, who mostly plays as a left winger, had a sensational season last year in the JFL with Zweigen, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further 11. He has continued his good goalscoring form this season, 17.2% of his shots result in goals.

The clubs’ top assister this year so far is usual right winger Shogo Omachi. The 22-year-old made his breakthrough last season, scoring once and assisting once in 13 appearances in the JFL. This year he has stepped it up though, having already assisted 3 in 2014.

Zweigen will be without defender Sunao Hozaki, their regular left back who has started all 13 games this season. The former Mito HollyHock and Thespakusatsu Gunma defender has over 120 games experience in J2 so will be a big miss for the side.

Last season’s result
11/08/13 – Zweigen Kanazawa 4-1 Fujieda MYFC

Kick off
The match is on Sunday at 15:00 local time or 07:00 UK time.

 

 

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