Gifu make their second trip of the season to Shikoku to face a Kamatamare Sanuki team desperate for points in their battle against relegation.
FC Gifu will be without suspended duo of defender Masanori Abe & Brazilian midfielder Henik. Alex Santos & Shun Nogaito missed last weekend’s defeat and must be considered questionable for the trip to Kagawa. Atsushi Mio is the latest player to be injured after being ruled out for up to 3 months with a knee problem. Add in the fact Yuki Fukaya is not yet fully fit and injuries & suspensions mean that the squad is getting a bit stretched.
Ruy Ramos was very unhappy with how the team let a lead slip last week, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few changes to the starting line up although the aforementioned injuries & suspensions limit his options somewhat. If he wants to change it a bit up front, there is always Tomohiro Tanaka and fan-favourite Yuki Nakamura to call upon.
My FC Gifu predicted starting XI: Kawaguchi, Masuyama, Kitani, Sekita, Tanaka, Miyazawa, Mizuno, Higa, Takachi, Endo, Nazarit
Kamatamare Sanuki come into this game off the back of what, on the surface, looks like a decent point away at Kataller Toyama, but Yasumasa Nishino’s last minute penalty miss could prove crucial come the season’s end. Sanuki will be desperate for a win, and I expect them to come out all guns blazing. Gifu will need to control the tempo of this game, and this will be where Miyazawa, Mizuno (if they play) and Takachi will be so important.
Kamatamare are without a win in their last five games, and more concerningly for them they have failed to score in half of their home games so far this year.
- FC Gifu: Nazarit, Hiroaki Namba – 7, Keiji Takachi – 6
- Kamatamare Sanuki: Kazuki Ganaha – 3
- FC Gifu away 2014: Played 10, Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 6
- Kamatamare Sanuki home 2014: Played 10, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 6
Form guide – last 5 league games (most recent first):
- FC Gifu – LWLDL
- Kamatamare Sanuki – DDDLL
What happened last time?
These two teams played on the opening day of the season, in a game which was Kamatamare’s first ever J.League game. Despite Sanuki putting in a vibrant performance, it was Gifu who won 3-1 with Nazarit’s stunning free kick proving the pick of the goals.
- J.League Division 2, matchday 24: Kamatamare Sanuki v FC Gifu
- Venue: Marugame Stadium, KO 6pm
- Broadcast: Live on Sky A+ TV
- Weather: Hot. Very hot. Humid. High of 35°C. 25% chance of rain