As J2 moves into the final weekend, the relegation spot (or relegation “play-out” spot, if you prefer) and the automatic promotion spots have been decided, but the play-off spots are still up for grabs. This is how it looks right now:
Kyoto Sanga can relax this weekend as they have already sewn up third place, and a home play-off game. Here is a list of the fixtures that count this weekend:
V-Varen Nagasaki v Tokushima Vortis
Without question the biggest game of the day, the play-off dream for one of the two surprise packages of the season will likely be over come 2:30pm. It would be a real shame for either of these teams to miss the play-offs, but the loser would be in real danger of missing out.
Gainare Tottori v JEF United
If JEF don’t make the play-offs this year, it will be THE most spectacular fail from a team that is no stranger to spectacular fails. Failure to beat Gainare Tottori, who are already guaranteed to finish bottom, will likely result in Jun Suzuki losing his job. JEF probably need only a point due to their excellent goal difference.
Consadole Sapporo v Giravanz Kitakyushu
Waiting in the wings for a slip up from the teams above them are a red-hot Consadole Sapporo. They have won six of the last seven games and will be confident of getting the right result at home against middling Giravanz.
Matsumoto Yamaga v Ehime FC
Also hoping/waiting for results to go their way are Matsumoto Yamaga who take on Ehime FC at what will surely be a loud, rocking Alwin Stadium. Yamaga are at the whim of other results, but they will think that they will be able to fulfill their side of the deal by seeing off Ehime FC. Matsumoto might ultimately find that their goal difference works against them.
It promises to be a day full of drama.