FC Gifu will look to pick up their second win of the season when they host J2 new boys Zweigen Kanazawa on Sunday afternoon.
FC Gifu condition
Gifu come into this game on the back of a defeat in Tokushima last week, a game in which despite the paucity of chances, Gifu probably deserved a point. That’s not to say the performance was great, it wasn’t.
Rodrigo came off the bench to make his debut last week and if he hasn’t experienced any setbacks he looks set to make his full debut this week. I’m not sure who he’ll replace; my guess would be Takumi Kiyomoto but Kiyo showed some good signs last week. I think the starting XI will look something like this:
Masuyama Takagi Fukaya Fuji
Rodrigo Takachi Leo Mineiro
Zweigen Kanazawa information & condition
The J3 champions have the same record as Gifu having won 1 and lost 2 of their opening games. The win came via an impressive home display against Tokyo Verdy, but they couldn’t follow that up the next week as they slipped to a 2-1 home defeat by Yokohama FC.
Kanazawa look dangerous at times going forward with Shohei Kiyohara pulling the strings and Shoma Mizunaga leading the line. They’ve looked susceptible to good set piece deliveries, and so if Gifu dead-ball specialist Keiji Takachi is on his game there could be some joy to be had by the tall FC Gifu players.
Expect Zweigen to line up in a 4-4-2 formation, but the personnel is still a bit of an unknown as coach Morishita does like to switch players around – namely Kazuhiro Sato (sometimes wide left, sometimes wide right, sometimes in the hole) and Shinji Tsujio (sometimes right back, sometimes right midfielder, sometimes right winger).
It is forecast to rain in Gifu on Sunday unfortunately (as i write this on Saturday it is an absolutely beautiful day) but it probably won’t have an effect on the game – but it will definitely affect the potential crowd. Hopefully Gifu a win to get them in the mood for the week that lies ahead – a long trip to Oita, and then the small matter of Diego Forlan and Cerezo Osaka next Sunday.
The 1pm kick-off will also be broadcast live on Skapa & local TV station Gifu-chan.