After winning their first Emperor’s Cup game in what seems like an eternity, Gifu are rewarded with a trip to face fellow J2 outfit JEF United Chiba. It is a bit early in the week for team news, so I’ll just provide a few stats regarding the teams.
FC Gifu recent away form:
- 7/26 – Omiya Ardija: Lost 0-5
- 8/15 – Cerezo Osaka: Lost 0-1
- 8/23 – Tochigi SC: Won 1-0
- 8/26 – ThespaKusatsu Gunma: Won 1-0
Defensively, Gifu are a completely different team than the one that capitulated to Omiya back in July. A lot of that has to do with the effect that Masaki Watanabe has had, and also the form of Satoshi Tokizawa in goal. Both of these players missed out in the opening round (Watanabe possibly through the terms of his loan contract, Tokizawa was rested) so it will be interesting to see if Tokizawa returns for this game.
Ramos’ calculated gamble of leaving out many first teamers on Sunday just about worked, but I don’t think they’ll be as fortunate against JEF. I expect to see Keiji Takachi come back in, Henik too. I’m not sure what the plans are for Hiroaki Namba, but it wouldn’t surprise if Gilsinho was given a start.
JEF United recent home form:
- 7/26 – Roasso Kumamoto: Lost 2-3
- 8/1 – Tokushima Vortis: Won 1-0
- 8/15 – V-Varen Nagasaki: Drew 1-1
A veritable mixed bag of home results for the Fukuda Denshi Arena based team. But last year’s Emperor’s Cup run for them was a different story.
2014 Emperor’s Cup results – JEF United:
- 1st round – JEF United 3-2 Nagano Parceiro
- 2nd round – Kashiwa Reysol 1-1 JEF United (JEF win on pens)
- 3rd round – V-Varen Nagasaki 1-2 JEF United
- Quarter final – Cerezo Osaka 0-1 JEF United
- Semi final – JEF United 2-3 Montedio Yamagata
So JEF do have some very recent history in this competition, and they’ll be eyeing this game as a chance to progress into the later rounds once again.
JEF United vs FC Gifu history in Chiba:
- 2010 – JEF United 2-0 FC Gifu
- 2011 – JEF United 3-1 FC Gifu
- 2012 – JEF United 0-1 FC Gifu
- 2013 – JEF United 1-1 FC Gifu
- 2014 – JEF United 1-0 FC Gifu
- 2015 – JEF United 3-1 FC Gifu
- Gifu gave a very good account of themselves in the first half, going ahead via a Hiroaki Namba header and having numerous other chances. But, as is often the way with Gifu, they conceded a soft goal right on half time, and Chiba dominated the second half and deservedly ran out 3-1 winners, Necj Pecnik putting the icing on the cake with JEF’s third of the day.