It is the only J2 game on Sunday this weekend, and it has implications at both ends of the table.
Gifu were narrowly beaten in Fukuoka last but can’t really afford to keep having hard luck stories if they want to get themselves out of trouble. Hirofumi Moriyasu will be suspended for this game due to his red card last week. Expect one of either Masato Yamazaki or Shun Nogaito to step in. If Gyotoku is feeling attacking then Yamazaki will play, if not then Nogaito will get the nod. Takahiro Takagi, who made his first start of the season in place of Shogo Tokihisa last week, will probably keep his place in goal.
Fagiano were handed a surprise defeat by Roasso Kumamoto last week, their first at home since July 2012. The 3-2 scoreline actually flattered Fagiano a bit as both of their goals came after the 90th minute. Both of their goals were scored by ex-Gifu loan star Yuki Oshitani, and I think he will get a good reception as he is still liked by the supporters here. But whether he starts or not is the big question. I’ve read reports and blogs suggesting that Oshitani & top scorer Tomoyuki Arata can’t really play together. On his day, Arata is one of the best strikers in the league but is currently on a bit of a cold streak, netting only once in his last 5 games. Ryujiro Ueda will likely miss out for the visitors due to injury.
I sense that Fagi will be out to right the wrongs of last week and that they will come to Gifu with all guns blazing. It is going to be a long night for Gifu…..