This is only the fifth game of the season, but it is a basement battle with Oita being the only team ranked lower in the table than Gifu.
- Fagiano Okayama (A) – L
- Kamatamare Sanuki (H) – W
- Tokushima Vortis (A) – L
- Zweigen Kanazawa (H) – L
- Oita Trinita
- Kamatamare Sanuki (A) – L
- Fagiano Okayama (H) – L
- ThespaKusatsu Gunma (A) – D
- Jubilo Iwata (A) – L
These two teams have endured tough starts to the year and have, interestingly, both played Kamatamare Sanuki & Okayama.
FC Gifu information
For FC Gifu, it is hard to see a scenario where Ruy Ramos doesn’t change something or some people. No-one should feel safe in the line-up. I have a feeling that some of the older players will be rested and some of the new signings & younger players will be given a chance.
The following is not what I think the team will be, but what I would hope is being considered:
Masuyama Abe Takagi Fuji
Rodrigo Takachi Endo
I think with the pace that Ryo Nagai brings for Oita, some pace at the back is necessary, and that’s why I’d like Masanori Abe in there. Some of the burden needs to be lifted from Keiji Takachi because it seems like all of Gifu’s creativity has to come through him – if he has an off day, Gifu can’t win. I’m a big fan of Taisuke Mizuno and hope he’ll get a chance. It could also be a good time to give Rodrigo his first start.
Oita Trinita information
Oita have picked up just one point, that point coming in Gunma, but they were unlucky against Jubilo Iwata on Sunday – they had chances to win but were undone by two superb goals.
They reacted to the slow start by bringing in Cerezo Osaka forward Ryo Nagai on loan, and he looked very lively on his debut (and had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside). The signing of Nagai and the continued settling in of Evandro should ensure that Oita don’t stay at the bottom for long.
The game is a 7pm KO at the Oita Bank Dome