Team news: Gifu have some injury concerns with Tokihisa, Mio & Inoue already ruled out. Keiji Takachi came off injured last week, and Alessandro Santos is still receiving treatment for injury. Arata Sugiyama is still not at full fitness. But they do have a double injection of Yusuke available to them – Mori & Sudo – who have signed recently.

For Avispa, striker Daisuke Ishizu, who scored the late winner in the reverse fixture, has left for Vissel Kobe and so won’t be a factor this time around. Korean defender Lee Kwang Seon is suspended (again!) after picking up his eighth booking of the season last time out against Nagasaki.

My predicted FC Gifu starting XI: Kawaguchi, Abe, Kitani, Nakamura, Miyazawa, Henik, Kiyomoto, Endo, Nazarit

FACTS & STATS

Top scorers:

  • FC Gifu: Nazarit 13, Hiroaki Namba 9
  • Avispa Fukuoka: Hisashi Jogo 7

Recent meetings in Fukuoka:

  • 2009: Avispa Fukuoka 0-1 FC Gifu
  • 2010: Avispa Fukuoka 0-2 FC Gifu
  • 2012: Avispa Fukuoka 0-0 FC Gifu
  • 2013: Avispa Fukuoka 2-1 FC Gifu

Overall J.League record:

  • Gifu wins – 3
  • Fukuoka wins – 8
  • Draws – 2

Match details:

  • J.League division 2, matchday 28: Avispa Fukuoka v FC Gifu
  • Venue: Level 5 Stadium, Fukuoka. KO 6pm
  • Broadcast: Live on Skapa premium service
  • Weather: Cloudy, 40% chance of rain, high of 30°C
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