No time to rest for FC Gifu as they resume their fight against relegation when they welcome Tokyo Verdy to the Nagaragawa Memorial Centre on Wednesday night.
The main news is that Leo Mineiro is out for this game and the next 6 weeks with a knee injury. The status of captain Keiji Takachi is also up in the air after he suffered an injury in that game too. If he weren’t able to play, maybe Yudai Ogawa or Takumi Kiyomoto would take his place. Hopefully both Yuto Ono & Henik are fully fit as Gifu will definitely need them.
Recent form: FC Gifu
- 7/4 – JEF united Chiba (A) – lost 1-3
- 6/28 – Thespakusatsu Gunma (H) – drew 1-1
- 6/21 – Jubilo Iwata (A) – won 3-2
- 6/14 – Consadole Sapporo (H) – lost 0-1
Recent form: Tokyo Verdy
- 7/4 – Avispa Fukuoka (H) – drew 1-1
- 6/28 – Omiya Ardija (A) – won 2-0
- 6/21 – Roasso Kumamoto (H) – lost 0-2
- 6/14 – Ehime FC (A) – lost 1-2
Verdy have won three of their last four away games, including a highly impressive win at Omiya Ardija, and a win at the always difficult Fagiano Okayama. They usually set up in a 4-4-2 formation and the complementary central midfield pair of Masaki Chugo & Kento Misao are key to the way they play, but that harmony will be tested as Chugo is suspended for this game. They will also be without hitherto ever present goalkeeper Yuya Sato who is also suspended.
What happened last time?
- Tokyo Verdy 0-1 FC Gifu
- FC Gifu 3-0 Tokyo Verdy
Gifu actually did the double over Verdy last year, and last year’s home game saw FC Gifu run out deserved 3-0 winners. Hopefully we’ll get another three goals, but without the four in response!
Overall j.League record:
- FC Gifu wins – 3
- Tokyo Verdy wins – 9
- Draws – 2
FC Gifu really, REALLY need this one. Verdy without Sato & Chugo would ordinarily represent a great chance to beat them, but without Leo Mineiro and possibly Keiji Takachi, Gifu’s chances have taken a blow. But, it is getting critical for Gifu now, and I believe they’ll dig deep and win this game.