Thespa Kusatsu Gunma v FC Gifu

Gifu head to the famous hot spring area with a spring in their step after coming away from Sunday’s must win game in Tochigi with a win.

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FC Gifu current form and condition:

  • 8/23 v Tochigi SC (A) – won 1-0
  • 8/15 v Cerezo Osaka (A) – lost 0-1
  • 8/8 v Roasso Kumamoto (H) – lost 0-1
  • 7/26 v Omiya Ardija (A) – lost 0-5

Stats:

  • The last time an FC Gifu player scored for the team was on July 18th, when Kazumichi Takagi’s 95th minute goal rescued a point against Zweigen Kanazawa.
  • The goals in Gifu’s last two wins (against Jubilo & Tochigi) were courtesy of own goals
  • Gifu’s last three games have been decided by the only goal of the game, indicating increased tightness at the back, but sacrificing some attacking intent

Team news:

  • FC Gifu will be without forward Leo Mineiro and versatile defender Shun Nogaito due to suspension
  • Taisuke Mizuno is still out with an injured elbow

Football Lab’s predicted starting XI is: Tokizawa, Masuyama, Watanabe, Okane, Fuji, Henik, Aoki, Sunakawa, Kazama, Takachi, Namba

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GK Tomii prepares to take a goal-kick last time the teams met.

Thespa Kusatsu Gunma form and condition:

  • 8/23 v Omiya Ardija (A) – drew 1-1
  • 8/15 v Zweigen Kanazawa (H) – won 1-0
  • 8/8 v Kamatamare Sanuki (A) – won 1-0
  • 7/26 v Oita Trinita (A) – lost 0-2

Info & Stats:

  • Gunma have yet to be a side in the bottom two this year: they’ve drawn and lost against Oita, while they were fortunate to escape with a draw when they came to Gifu earlier in the summer
  • On the flip side, they are adept at holding their own against the top clubs in the league: so far this year they’ve beaten JEF United (twice), Jubilo (away), Cerezo (away) and they took a point from Omiya last week.
  • Gunma have lost only twice in their last ten games, those were back to back defeats in Kyushu against Nagasaki & Oita.
  • Their top goalscorer is the exciting Ataru Esaka with 9 goals this year. He scored when Gunma drew in Gifu

Team news:

  • Centre back Daichi Inui is suspended for this game
  • Brazilian Tanque is still out injured

Football Lab’s predicted starting XI is: Tomii, Aoki, Arizono, Koyanagi, Kobayashi, Sakai, Matsushita, Oliveira, Kobayashi, Yoshihama, Esaka

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