Current form guide:
Both sides are in good form at the minute. FC Gifu have taken 10 points out the last possible 15, and have won their previous two games. Gifu haven’t won three league games in a row since 2009 (or something along those lines). Omiya are one of only three teams that are currently in better form than Gifu, having taken 11 points from the last five games. Their last outing was a 1-1 draw with leaders Jubilo Iwata, a game they could have won had Dragan Mrdja not seen his penalty saved. In fact, Ardija haven’t lost since going down to JEF United back in early April.
FC Gifu news:
As stated in the previous post on here, defender Masanori Abe and Brazilian midfielder Henik are suspended for this game. Other than that, there are no new injury worries and the bulk of the side will probably be the same as the one that won in Kumamoto last week. Hiroaki Namba will look to add to his impressive tally of 8 goals, while the partnership between Namba & Leo Mineiro has been very effective in the last few weeks.
Omiya Ardija news:
No new injuries for the Squirrels to deal with is the word from Saitama, although stats site Football Lab predicts that Keisuke Oyama will replace Shin Kanazawa in midfield. Serbian forward Mrdja is Omiya’s top scorer this season with four goals so far.
- This will be the first ever J.League meeting between these two sides
- Omiya could potentially go top if they win and other results go their way; Gifu could potentially move up to 13th with a win.
- The match will be broadcast live on local channel Gifu-chan, and also on the Japanese cable channel Sky A+ sports
- The weather forecast has been all over the place this week, but it is apparently going to be cloudy at kick off time.