A bit late on this one, but still time to look forward to Sunday’s at the Nagaragawa Memorial Centre.
As you will all be aware by now, Gifu have failed to find the back of the net so far this season. The reasons, I believe, and have documented before, stem from a defensive line-up. There has been talk in the local paper that Kohei Nakashima will get his chance up front, but I’m a bit sceptical of that. Elsewhere in the team, Desmond will be suspended after his red card against Verdy, so I guess that Moriyasu will come in and Tanaka will slide into the centre.
The visitors come into this game on the back of a couple of surprising setbacks. Two weeks ago they were undone by a late goal in Toyama while last week they were beaten in their own back yard by Tokushima Vortis. Before these results however, they had started pretty well. They drew at Gamba and at home to Verdy (in a game they really should have won) and they beat Fukuoka and toppled Vissel by four goals to one. They are front loaded with attacking talent, with Kazuki Hara leading the line and Takumi Miyayoshi supporting. Hara in particular will likely cause problems for the strong yet slightly slow Sekita in the Gifu defence.
If Kyoto play to their attacking potential Gifu will more than likely not be able to live with them. Another factor worth considering is the weather as it forecast to be raining at Kick-off time (1pm) tomorrow. Gifu have to hope that this plus other factors affect Kyoto a lot if they are to get anything from this game.