Gifu welcome Avispa Fukuoka to Nagaragawa tomorrow looking to get back on track after a 3 game winless run.

It will be interesting to see whether coach Ruy Ramos makes any changes for this game as there are couple of places where he could. Keisuke Ota showed some good bits in Ehime last week, but it must be tempting to put someone like Atsushi Mio in to give a bit more cover to the defence. Also, Gifu’s midfield, while good on the ball, can look quite lightweight. Last week’s starters were all under 180cm in height. Sooner or later, we might get to see Tsukasa Masuyama or new Brazilian Henik come in to offer a bit more muscle. I’m told Tokihisa is dealing with a minor injury, hence his absence the last two weeks.

Avispa are unbeaten in four, and come into this game on the back of Shoki Hirai‘s 94th minute winner against Yokohama FC last time out. Avispa’s strength is definitely going forward. They have the luxury of being able to field a front three of Hisashi Jogo, Daisuke Ishizu & Daisuke Sakata with Hirai to be called upon. Jogo, as I’ve stated many times in the past, is one of my favourite players in football. He is a local legend for Avispa and epitomises what the club is about. I just hope he doesn’t score tomorrow!

Football Lab predicted line ups:

  • FC Gifu: Kawaguchi, Nogaito, Alex, Kitani, Abe, Takachi, Mizuno, Miyazawa, Ota, Namba, Nazarit
  • Avispa Fukuoka: Kamiyama, Mishima, Abe, Lee, Tsutsumi, Park, Nakahara, Ishizu, Sakata, Kanamori, Jogo

FC Gifu v Avispa Fukuoka at Nagaragawa:

  • 2009: FC Gifu 0-2 Avispa
  • 2010: FC Gifu 0-2 Avispa
  • 2012: FC Gifu 0-3 Avispa
  • 2013: FC Gifu 0-2 Avispa

Ouch, that doesn’t make good reading does it? I remember last year’s game quite vividly as, with Gifu being 1-0 down, Kayne Vincent missed a glorious chance to draw level, and Avispa went up the other end and scored. Kind of summed up Gifu’s season to that point.

Match details:

  • FC Gifu v Avispa Fukuoka
  • Nagaragawa Memorial Stadium
  • Kick-off 1pm
  • Broadcast: Live on Gifu TV (Gifuチャン)
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