J3 Preview: Grulla Morioka v Fujieda MYFC

Grulla match 3Fujieda MYFC return to J3 League with a tricky game away to 5th place Grulla Morioka. The teams have already met twice this season, with Morioka coming out on top in both games.

Fujieda MYFC team news
After a week off, Fujieda’s players will be raring  to go after losing their last match 2-1 t Gainare Tottori a fortnight ago. Although Morioka is a tough place to go to get a result, MYFC will feel reinvigorated following their rest and will fancy their chances of coming away with something.

In the defeat to Gainare, Yuta Kutsukake scored Fujieda’s only goal after coming on as a half time substitute, which means he will be pushing for a place in tomorrow’s starting line-up.

Forward Takuya Sasagaki was missing from the match day squad against Gainare so he could be in line to return to the squad. Striker Yusuke Ishii was also dropped to the bench a fortnight ago but could get a start in this week’s game with Fujieda needing goals if they want to start moving up the table from their current position of 11th.

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

Grulla Morioka are still enjoying life in J3. Having made the big step up from the Tohoku League this season, they have adjusted to life well in Japan’s third tier.

Their last match saw them record a first win in four games, as they defeated Fukushima United and they will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins with a victory tomorrow over MYFC.

Morioka’s home form has been pretty solid this season. Seven of their eleven wins have come at the South Park Stadium as well as 28 of their 37 goals.

The club also have the league’s joint 3rd top scorer Ryota Doi, who has eleven league goals, the same as Fujieda’s top scorer Tsugutoshi Oishi. Doi’s eleven goals have come in 26 appearances and he has also contributed three assists.

Another key player for Sunday’s hosts is Akira Takase. The right winger has scored five and set up a further five goals this year.

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

Kick off
The match is on Sunday and kick off is at 14:00 local time or 06:00 in the UK.




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