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.
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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