After holding firm in the face of Shonan Bellmare onslaught last week, FC Gifu host another fired up, promotion chasing side.
FC Gifu have to deal with the suspension of midfield lynchpin Keiji Takachi who picked up his fourth booking of the year in Hiratsuka last week. Henik will also serve the final match of his suspension, meaning Gifu’s midfield will be undermanned. Luckily for Gifu, Yusuke Sudo put in an heroic shift last week and looks well suited to the midfield battle. I expect him to start. Unfortunately, Yuki Fukaya suffered a thigh strain last week and will be out for 2-3 weeks.
My FC Gifu predicted line-up: Kawaguchi, Abe, Nakamura, Mori, Masuyama, Mizuno, Miyazawa, Sudo, Higa, Endo, Nazarit.
Visitors Montedio Yamagata come into the game in good form, with only 2 defeats in their last ten, a run which includes five wins – highlighted by a 4-0 thumping of Kamatamare Sanuki last week.
Montedio, when I’ve seen them this year, seem to have a pretty fluid 4-2-3-1 formation (sometimes remodeled into a 4-3-2-1 when necessary). Up top, they seem to pretty interchangable with Diego, Yuki Nakashima and Masato Yamazaki all taking turns to be the “one top”. Behind them is the ever reliable Masaki Miyasaka – the man who makes Montedio tick. Expect him to try and dominate the midfield tomorrow. This is not team with any superstars, just full of hard working players.
Recent form (last 5 games, most recent first):
- FC Gifu: DLLDD
- Montedio Yamagata: WDWLW
- FC Gifu: Nazarit, 14
- Montedio Yamagata: Diego, 12
Recent games in Gifu:
- 2008 (1): FC Gifu 2-1 Montedio Yamagata
- 2008 (2): FC Gifu 1-2 Montedio Yamagata
- 2012: FC Gifu 0-0 Montedio Yamagata
- 2013: FC Gifu 1-1 Montedio Yamagata
Overall J.League record:
- Gifu wins: 2
- Yamagata wins: 3
- Draws: 3
- J.League division 2, matchday 35: FC Gifu v Montedio Yamagata
- Venue: Nagaragawa Stadium, KO 4pm
- Broadcast: Live on Skapa Premium service
- Weather: Clear, sunny, high of 29°C