FC Gifu make the trek to Gunma on Saturday night knowing that wins need to start coming, and they need to start coming soon.
FC Gifu recent form and condition
- 7/26 v Omiya Ardija (A) – lost 0-5
- 7/22 v Jubilo Iwata (H) – won 2-0
- 7/18 v Zweigen Kanazawa (A) – drew 1-1
- 7/12 v Yokohama FC (H) – lost 0-1
As I detailed in another post, Taisuke Mizuno is out for the foreseeable future with a nasty sounding dislocated elbow. Yuki Fuji, who also came off injured last week, is expected to be fit and to play. There is some doubt as to the availability of Daniel Lovinho, but most sources point to him not being available for the trip to the club where he made his name. Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi is back in training but I don’t expect him to get into the team just yet. Ramos might opt to take Gakuji Ota out of the firing line after last week’s humbling experience at the NACK5 stadium.
Football Lab‘s predicted starting XI: Ota, Abe, Takagi, Watanabe, Fuji, Henik, Takachi, Masuyama, Sunakawa, Kazama, Namba
ThespaKusatsu Gunma recent form and condition
- 7/26 v Oita Trinita (A) – lost 0-2
- 7/22 v V-Varen Nagasaki (A) – lost 0-1
- 7/18 v Tochigi SC (H) – won 1-0
- 7/12 v JEF United Chiba (A) – won 2-1
Gunma are a very erratic team, mixing wins against “big” clubs JEF and Jubilo with a defeat against lowly Oita. In the reverse fixture this year, forward Ataru Esaka proved Gunma’s biggest threat. He is fast, direct and not afraid to take chances against players. Another player that stepped forward in July was fellow forward Keita Nozaki. He scored the winning goal against Tochigi and also scored in the games against Tokushima & Kumamoto.
What happened last time?
Back in June, Ataru Esaka gave Gunma a first half lead, before Henik leveled things in the second period. Gifu did everything but score as they piled the pressure on but had to eventually settle for a draw in front of over 8,000 at the Nagaragawa.
- FC Gifu 1-0 ThespaKusatsu Gunma
- ThespaKusatsu Gunma 2-2 FC Gifu
- Gifu wins – 5
- Gunma wins – 6
- Draws – 6