There is no rest for the wicked they say, nor is there any rest for J2 fans this week. This Wednesday is a national holiday in Japan and as such there is a full J2 card with some big games.
Leaders, and owners of a 100% record so far, Vissel Kobe will face a stern test of their title credentials as they head to Japan’s cultural capital to face Kyoto Sanga. Sanga are fresh off knocking off another team with a 100% record in their last game and will go into this one with confidence. Should be a good game at Nishikyogoku. 2nd place Gainare Tottori face a difficult trip to Chiba to play JEF United, although they too will be high on confidence after an unbeaten start to the season. Avispa Fukuoka will look to rebound after their defeat last time out as they head to the Pocari Sweat Stadium to face Tokushima Vortis. Vortis were beaten at home by Giravanz last time out and they need to get a win on the board sharpish. The other Shikoku club, Ehime FC, host winless & goalless FC Gifu. There will be a more detailed preview of this game later.
Montedio Yamagata, who earned their first win of the season on Sunday, host Tochigi SC in Tendo while V-Varen Nagasaki welcome Kataller Toyama to west Kyushu and it will be interesting to see what kind of crowd Nagasaki can pull in for this one. In their last home game, against Gamba, they had a crowd of over 18000. Obviously Toyama aren’t as big a draw as Endo, Konno & Co. but I hope there is a healthy attendance there. Speaking of Gamba Osaka, they make the long journey to face Roasso Kumamoto without the aforementioned Endo and Konno who are both away with the national team.
Thespakusatsu Gunma host Yokohama FC and Fagiano Okayama will look to register their first win when they entertain Mito Hollyhock. So far, Fagiano have drawn all their league games this season. Matsumoto Yamaga will look to get over their disappointing home defeat against Kumamoto when they trek up to Hokkaido to face a Consadole Sapporo team that have failed to score in their last two matches. Finally, it will be one big reunion down in Kitakyushu as Yasu Miura takes his Tokyo Verdy team to face his old club Giravanz Kitakyushu. The Yellows had an important win at Tokushima Vortis last time out, while Verdy needed a late goal to salvage a point against Okayama. How Giravanz and their fans would love to put one over their old boss and plunge to Tokyo greens further into chaos…..
Matchday 4 fixtures:
- Montedio Yamagata v Tochigi SC
- Kyoto Sanga v Vissel Kobe
- Tokushima Vortis v Avispa Fukuoka
- V-Varen Nagasaki v Kataller Toyama
- Kumamoto v Gamba Osaka
- Thespakusatsu Gunma v Yokohama FC
- JEF United v Gainare Tottori
- Consadole Sapporo v Matsumoto Yamaga
- Fagiano Okayama
- Ehime FC v FC Gifu
- Giravanz Kitakyushu v Tokyo Verdy