Team news: There are question marks surrounding the fitness of FC Gifu’s south American pair of Nazarit & Kleiton Domingues. Nazarit missed last week’s draw against Consadole Sapporo with a calf strain and he hasn’t looked fully fit in training. Maybe he just needs another week to get fully fit – but it wouldn’t be the most surprising thing to see him on the bench.

As for Kleiton, I’m not really sure what the deal is with him. He looked good last week and his late game tiredness was to be expected after being out for so long. I’m not aware of any injury, unless it was picked up in training in the last couple of days.

My predicted FC Gifu starting line up: Kawaguchi, Masuyama, Mori, Abe, Henik, Miyazawa, Mizuno, Takachi, Ota, Kleiton (Endo), Namba


Top scorers:

  • FC Gifu – Nazarit, 14
  • JEF United – Kempes, 10

Form guide (last 5 games, most recent first):

  • FC Gifu: DDWLD
  • JEF United: LDWLD

Previous meetings in Chiba:

  • 2010: JEF United 2-0 FC Gifu
  • 2011: JEF United 3-1 FC Gifu
  • 2012: JEF United 0-1 FC Gifu
  • 2013: JEF United 1-1 FC Gifu

Overall J.League record:

  • Gifu wins: 2
  • JEF wins: 4
  • Draws: 3

What happened last time?

Oh, nothing much. Except this thunderbolt from ex-JEF player Tsukasa Masuyama.