The third installment of this burgeoning relationship between these two sides this year has an added extra layer of spice, with Stipe Plazibat set to face his former club.

Team news:

  • Injuries: Thiago, Keisuke Ota, Arata Sugiyama, Atsushi Mio, Yuki Fukaya
  • Suspensions: Hiroshi Sekita, Nazarit
  • My predicted FC Gifu starting XI: Kawaguchi, Masuyama, Abe, Kitani, Tanaka, Miyazawa, Takachi, Higa, Endo, Kleiton, Namba

Recent league form – last five games (most recent first):

  • FC Gifu: DWLWL
  • V-Varen Nagasaki: DDLLL

Top scorers:

  • FC Gifu: Nazarit 10
  • V-Varen Nagasaki: Koichi Sato 7

Previous games in Nagasaki:

  • 2013: V-Varen Nagasaki 3-0 FC Gifu
  • 2014: V-Varen Nagasaki 3-1 FC Gifu (Emperor’s Cup)

Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere?

There is a little extra added spice for this game with the presence of Stipe Plazibat in V-Varen Nagasaki colours. After he was released by Gifu, he was promptly snatched up by the Kyushu based club. Stipe was unhappy with his limited amount of playing time and so will be highly motivated to show Ruy Ramos that he made a mistake by letting him go. Also, Koichi Sato represented Gifu with distinction of couple of years ago, but loves scoring against us these days.

 Match details:

  • J.League Division 2, matchday 25: V-Varen Nagasaki v FC Gifu
  • Venue: Nagasaki Prefectural stadium, KO 6pm
  • Broadcast: Live on Skapa premium service, live public viewing in Gifu
  • Weather: Hot, but possible typhoon approaching from the south