It is a very short turnaround for Gifu, going from the extreme west of Japan to Yokohama on just two days rest, this will be a very difficult game.
But it is a crucial game for the away side. This is their game in hand on all the other relegation candidates and a win here would put 5 points between them and bottom placed Gainare Tottori – a gap that looks quite big when you consider that Gainare haven’t won for something like 16 games.
Hirofumi Moriyasu is suspended for this one after picking up his fourth yellow card, meaning that Tsukasa Masuyama will probably step in. The status of Stipe & of Tokihisa is unknown at this point, but Gifu could desperately use Stipe in this game. I expect to see a couple of changes, even if only due to fatigue. Maybe Blazhe will come in to replace Nakamura.
As has been so often the case this year, Gifu’s opponents come into this game in really good form, especially after winning in Tokushima last time out, which is no mean feat these days. Yosuke Nazaki, who had a great game the last time these two teams played, is in good form at the minute and Gifu will have to be watchful.
Yokohama FC won the last game between the sides, a 2-0 win on the opening day of the season. But this is a massive game for Gifu, and I expect the players to play like their J2 status depended on it. Mitsuzawa wasn’t kind to Gifu last year (a 3-2 defeat on the final day) but here’s hoping it is tonight.