Very quick preview this week. Apologies!!

My predicted Gifu starting XI: Kawaguchi, Masuyama, Abe, Kitani, Alex, Henik, Miyazawa, Mizuno, Takachi, Namba, Nazarit

I know Ramos has penchant for changing things up, especially in hot weather, but the team & formation worked well last week against a good Kyoto side, so I sense he’ll stick with it. Alex Santos came off last week, but it looked like cramp and I think he’ll be fine.

Form Guide (last 5 games):

  • FC Gifu: DLLDW
  • Oita Trinita: LDWDW

Top scorers:

  • FC Gifu: Hiroaki Namba, Nazarit – 7
  • Oita Trinita: Daisuke Ito, Choi Jung Han – 3

Previous meetings in Oita:

  • 2010: Oita Trinita 3-1 FC Gifu
  • 2011: Oita Trinita 2-1 FC Gifu
  • 2012: Oita Trinita 2-2 FC Gifu

Match details:

  • J2 matchday 17: Oita Trinita v FC Gifu
  • Oita Bank Dome, KO 6pm
  • Broadcast: Live on Sky A+ TV
  • Weather: Cloudy, 30% chance of rain, temperature of 25°C