A look at the fixtres affecting the bottom of J2 this weekend…..
Thespa Kusatsu Gunma v FC Gifu – this game is covered elsewhere on the blog. Click here for a preview of the game.
Kataller Toyama v Giravanz Kitakyushu – Giravanz can make absolutely sure of their safety with a win here. For Toyama, a win will bring them level on points with the visitors. Toyama will be without important players Tetsuya Funatsu & Daisuke Asahi making their job that little bit more difficult.
Gainare Tottori v Ehime FC – Ehime come into this game on the back of a fine win at Tochigi SC (a result which resulted in the sacking of Tochigi coach Matsuda) and they are almost certainly safe now. Gainare are not and they desperately need a boost to their survival hopes. Ehime’s Ante Tomic will miss out, as will Shuichi Akai. This is a great opportunity for Gainare to start gathering momentum for their run-in
Roasso Kumamoto v Tokyo Verdy – Roasso find themselves in trouble again, and have a tricky assignment against a Verdy team who still harbour ambitions of the top 6. Daisuke Yano is suspended for this one, and Roasso will miss his presence at the back. For Verdy, Collin Killoran is out for the season after knee surgery and Kim Jong-Pil & Naoki Maeda will also miss out.