J3 Preview: SC Sagamihara v Fujieda MYFC

Sagamihara matchMatch day 19 of the J3 League sees Fujieda MYFC travel to SC Sagamihara for the second time this season, as they look to return to winning ways.

Fujieda MYFC team news
Last week saw an unfortunate 1-0 loss to 5th place Grulla Morioka for Fujieda MYFC. The early goal conceded took a massive deflection but Fujieda struggled to create changes throughout the match and probably did not deserve a point from the game.

MYFC can put that all to right this weekend though if they manage to secure a fifth J3 win of the season by beating SC Sagamihara.

It will be difficult though, the past two teams Fujieda have visited Sagamihara, they have come away empty handed both times, including the 2-1 loss earlier in the season.

Top scorer Tsugutoshi Oishi looked the most lively player for Fujieda last week but he failed to score again, making it four consecutive J3 matches without a goal for the striker. Fujieda fans will be hoping he returns to scoring ways this Sunday, if he does, it could go a along way towards 3 points.

SC Sagamihara fact file
Stadium: Sagamihara Gion Stadium
Manager: Tetsumasa Kimura
Last season: 3rd (JFL)

After a sensational first season in the JFL last year, finishing 3rd, Sagamihara are having a relatively solid debut year in the J3 league. 18 matches gone, they sit in 6th place, with 4th place as high they can realistically aim for now after losing their last four in a row.

Last year, Sagamihara had a lethal strike force, who scored 25 goals between them. Yuki Matsumoto and Sho Gokyu scored 13 and 12 goals respectively. This year though, the goals have been a bit more spread out, so much so in fact, that the team has four players joint on 3 goals for the spot as top scorer.

Matsumoto is still at the club but he has just two goals this season and Gokyu has left, meaning they are missing the goals from the pair.

The club’s star player this year has probably been experience forward Naohiro Takahara. The former Japanese international forward has plenty of J League experience, as well as stints in Germany and Argentina. He joined Sagamihara at the start of the season, having left his previous club Tokyo Verdy. So far this season, he leads the goals and assists for his club, with three of each.

Last season’s result
14/07/13 – SC Sagamihara 3-1 Fujieda MYFC

Kick off
The match is on Sunday and kick off is at 15:00 or 07:00 in the UK.



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