Emperor’s Cup Preview: Júbilo Iwata v Fujieda MYFC

Júbilo matchThe second round of the Emperor’s Cup sees Fujieda MYFC travel to the Yamaha Stadium to take on J2 side Júbilo Iwata.

Fujieda MYFC team news
After two hat-tricks in two games, all eyes will be on Fujieda striker Tsugutoshi Oishi and whether he can carry on his superb goalscoring streak. Saturday’s game will certainly be a test, away to a J2 side, but it will really prove Oishi’s credentials as a J League quality goal poacher.

Elsewhere, last week’s 4-2 win over Arterivo Wakayama in the first round of the Emperor’s Cup saw regular starters Ken Hisatomi and Shogo Nakatsuru left out of the side. They are both in contention to return as MYFC look to upset the odds with a surprise win.

Desmond was also not in last weeks’ squad, which made in four games in a row he has been absent. Fujieda fans will be hoping he is back soon.

Júbilo Iwata fact file
Stadium: Yahama Stadium
Manager: Péricles Chamusca
League: J League Division 2

Having played ever season in J1 since 1994, Júbilo Iwata’s streak was ended last season as they were relegated to J2 after finishing 17th.

They look like they might bounce back immediately this season though, as at the halfway point in J2, Júbilo currently sit in 2nd place, an automatic promotion spot.

Their impressive form as been largely down to the manager the side installed at the start of the season, Brazilian journeyman Péricles Chamusca. The 48-year-old has galvanised the side this year and promotion is on the cards.

Júbilo have pedigree is the Emperor’s Cup as well, winning the competition twice, once in 1982 and again as recently as 2003. However, since their win back in 2003, they have only made it past the quarter-final stage once.

The side’s top goal scorer so far this season, as he has been on many occasions, is Júbilo legend Ryoichi Maeda. The forward has played 300 games in J1 with Iwata and has scored over 140 J1 goals. He is currently playing his first year in J2 and has 9 goals so far in 16 appearances.

Last season’s result
The two sides have not met before in a competitive game.

Kick off
The match is on Saturday at 18:00 local time or 10:00 UK time.

 

 

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