These are the results from games involving the sides at the foot of J2 from Wednesday night:
- FC Gifu 0-2 Tokyo Verdy
- Oita Trinita 1-1 Mito Hollyhock
- Kyoto Sanga 0-1 Tokushima Vortis
- ThespaKusatsu Gunma 1-1 Roasso Kumamoto
So, a couple of big games between teams in the bottom six, with Tokushima recording a huge win against woeful Kyoto Sanga. That result was enough to convince the Kyoto board to fire under-pressure manager Masahiro Wada after the game, and install coach Ishimaru as interim manager. Oita will rue the missed chance of gaining ground on the pack after failing to beat Mito Hollyhock at home, while Roasso Kumamoto will be relatively happy with a point in Gunma.
Those results mean the table currently looks like this:
This weekend’s slate of games looks something like this:
- FC Gifu v Yokohama FC
- Mito Hollyhock v Avispa Fukuoka
- Tokyo Verdy v Oita Trinita
- Tokushima Vortis v Giravanz Kitakyushu
- V-Varen Nagasaki v Kyoto Sanga
- Roasso Kumamoto v Ehime FC
I think it will be interesting to see if the coaching change at Nishikyogoku will result in any meaningful changes in the way Kyoto play, but they have a tricky assignment down in Nagasaki. They have surprised on the road this year (wins at Kanazawa and Fukuoka spring to mind) so they could get something in that game.
Tokushima will look to build on their win when they host hot & cold, but always tough Giravanz Kitakyushu. Was their midweek result merely a fluke? We’ll see.
Gifu NEED a result against Yokohama FC, while Roasso Kumamoto will be quietly confident of getting a win when they host Ehime FC.
Finally, an interesting game at K’s Denki Stadium where Mito, who’ve only lost once since changing managers, host in-form Avispa Fukuoka.