FC Gifu head to the Kanto region of Japan this weekend, in search of a similar result to last year’s visit to Mitsuzawa.

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Yokohama FC’s Mitsuzawa stadium

Team news: FC Gifu

  • Injuries: Kazumichi Takagi, Yuki Fuji
  • Suspensions: none

In an ideal world, coach Ruy Ramos would make some changes to the team that drew with Mito, but it isn’t really obvious what changes can be made. Taisuke Mizuno might make way for Masashi Miyazawa, and there must be a question mark over Rodrigo too. I’ve stated before that I’d like to see Yuto Ono given a chance to start in midfield in order to take some of the burden off playmaker Keiji Takachi, an ex-Yokohama FC player. Another ex-YFC player is Hiroaki Namba and he is red hot scoring form. He is currently second in the J2 goalscoring charts with 9 goals so far this season.

Team news: Yokohama FC

  • Injuries: Kazuyoshi Miura
  • Suspensions: Takuya Nagata, Park Tae Hong

Yokohama FC, under the stewardship of Slovenian coach Milos Rus, currently sit in mid-table having amassed 21 points thus far this season. Look for “Jumbo” Okubo to lead the line for YFC, and his probable battle with Naoya Okane should be pretty fun to watch for those that like old-school physical battles. Park Tae Hong will be a big miss in the heart of the defence, but GK Yuta Minami will look to get some extra protection from holding midfielder Takahiro Nakazato.

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Yokohama FC’s mascot

Current form: 

  • FC Gifu
  • 5/6: Kyoto Sanga – drew 1-1
  • 5/10: Ehime – won 2-1
  • 5/17: Kumamoto – won 2-1
  • 5/24: Omiya Ardija – lost 0-5
  • 5/31: Mito Hollyhock – drew 1-1
  • Yokohama FC
  • 5/6: Kamatamare Sanuki – lost 1-2
  • 5/9: Oita Trinita – drew – 1-1
  • 5/17: Giravanz Kitakyushu – won 1-0
  • 5/24: Fagiano Okayama drew 0-0
  • 5/31: Ehime FC – lost 0-3

Last year:

FC Gifu won the game 1-0 thanks to a first half penalty from Nazarit. Masanori Abe was sent off in the second and Gifu had to dig in and hang on, but a supreme performance from Henik helped the team take 3 points back to Gifu.

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FC Gifu players celebrate the win

J.League history:

  • Yokohama FC wins – 8
  • FC Gifu wins – 5
  • Draws – 3

No game is ever easy when you’re in Gifu’s position, but YFC are missing two of their key defensive components, and Leo Mineiro & Hiroaki Namba will give their backline problems. Can Okane & Fukaya marshall the defence well enouhg to keep a clean sheet? I’m not sure, but they’ll certainly be up for the physical challenge.

Call me crazy, but I think FC Gifu will win this game.

We Are Gifu!

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FC Gifu supporters post game
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