Roasso Kumamoto v FC Gifu

There is no getting away from it, this has the potential to be a huge game in both teams’ respective seasons.

Gifu go into the game on the back of two predictable, yet disappointing, defeats – the 8-2 defeat against Gamba and the almost lifeless 2-0 defeat at Kyoto. Gifu have been bolstered by the arrival of new forward Yuki Nakamura and, permission permitting, he should be involved on Sunday. Captain Toshihiro Hattori is suspended so Moriyasu will probably slot in as a defensive midfielder, which will obviously curb his attacking instincts. Taisuke Mizuno should start ahead of fellow young loanee Makoto Shibahara.

Roasso will be without the suspended Kento Hashimoto after the young midfielder picked up his fourth booking of the campaign. Expect Hayato Nakama & Kazuki Saito to provide the main threat. Ex-manager Yoshida preferred an attacking 4-4-2 formation where Horigome & Nakama were thrust forward from the wings, but I’m not sure if the new, temporary manager will be so bold.

If Gifu win, it will give them a very timely boost they need.  Defeat wouldn’t be terminal, but it would be a big blow to them. These are the kind of games that they especially can’t afford to lose. A Very big game in store down in horse country.


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