In the last game of FC Gifu’s summer holiday bonanza they welcome slightly resurgent Tokyo Verdy to the Nagaragawa.
My FC Gifu predicted starting XI: Kawaguchi, Abe, Kitani, Nakamura, Masuyama, Mori, Henik, Miyazawa, Takachi, Nazarit, Namba
Hiroaki Namba scored the only goal of the game when these two teams at Kokuritsu back in May, so it wouldn’t in the least surprise me to see him re-called for this game. Yusuke Mori did OK in his FC Gifu debut last week, but I don’t know if the terms of his loan contract prevent him from facing his parent club. If he can’t go, look for Shuto Tanaka, Nogaito or Santos (if fit) to slot in on the left.
For the visitors, they have a couple of suspensions to deal with. Naoto Sawai, in good form recently is out after picking up his fourth booking last week against Yokohama FC, as did midfielder Jun Suzuki. Those two could be very important misses for Yasutoshi Miura’s men. One FC Gifu old boy might make the trip to Gifu. Abuda, the Brazilian forward who spent time in Gifu a couple of years ago, signed for Verdy recently and came on as a substitute in their previous game.
Recent league form (last 5 games – most recent first)
- FC Gifu – LDWWD
- Tokyo Verdy – DWLLW
- FC Gifu – Nazarit 13, Hiroaki Namba 9
- Tokyo Verdy – Satoshi Tokiwa 5
Previous matches in Gifu:
- 2009: FC Gifu 0-0 Tokyo Verdy
- 2010: FC Gifu 0-1 Tokyo Verdy
- 2011: FC Gifu 1-3 Tokyo Verdy
- 2012: FC Gifu 1-0 Tokyo Verdy
- 2013: FC Gifu 1-2 Tokyo Verdy
Overall J.League record:
- Gifu wins – 2
- Verdy wins – 8
- Draws – 2
Young vs old:
This weekend’s game will see two goalkeepers at either end of the age spectrum. Of course, for FC Gifu we have Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi between our sticks. Generally he has been excellent this year (despite what Gifu’s goals against column might have you believe). He has been assured, an organizer and at times has pulled off some wonder saves. He has been exposed a bit by the formation and the playing style of the team which is an inherently attacking one now.
At the other end, Tokyo Verdy will most probably have Niall Killoran in goal. The 22 year old, born to an Irish father & Japanese mother, has been thrust into the team this after after Verdy’s regular ‘keeper Yuya Sato suffered an injury. He understandably looked a bit nervous in his first couple of games, but he now looks more settled and Verdy have lost just two of the six full games he has played.
One the keys to this game is which of the goalkeepers will pull out their Sunday best.
- J.League Division 2 matchday 29: FC Gifu vs Tokyo Verdy
- Venue: Nagaragawa Memorial Centre Stadium, KO 6pm
- Broadcast: Live on Gifu-chan, and Skapa’s premium service
- Weather: Cloudy, 40% chance of rain