JFL preview: Fujieda MYFC v Fukushima United

Fujieda MYFC will have the chance this weekend to end their three game losing streak with a home game against Fukushima United. The visitors currently sit in 13th place in the Japan Football League table, one place below Fujieda.

Fujieda MYFC team news

After a shocking run of defeats against teams below them in the table, Fujieda will be hoping to get their first three points since the win over Blaublitz Akita on the 15th September. It has been a real disappointing spell for Toshihide Saito, who would have looked at this run of games to get some more points on the board.

It will be especially critical to get the three points this Sunday with MYFC’s next game being away to 6th place Sony Sendai.

The good news for Saito this week is that there are no suspension worries as Shogo Fujimaki and Hiroyuki Ishida are back after their one match bans last weekend.

Elsewhere, Kerlon is unlikely to feature for Fujieda again after the word in Brazil is that he has had surgery on one of his knees, keeping him out of action until February.

Fukushima United fact file

Fukushima United badge

Nickname: United
Founded: 1977
Ground: Fukushima Azuma Stadium
Season in JFL: N/A (1st in Tohoku League Division 1)
Last season: 1st

Fukushima are enjoying a relatively solid start to life in the JFL. Currently sitting in 13th place, the fans are likely to be happy with their start in Japan’s third tier.

However, the side are not currently in good form, with just two wins in the league in their last thirteen matches. In fact, one of those wins was the home victory over Fujieda back in June.

As suspensions go, Fukushima have one player banned for Sunday’s match and it will be a big blow to them. Junya Kuno picked up his fourth yellow of the season last week so will sit out this weekend but he will be missed as he has contributed one goal and five assists so far this year.

United have a strong South Korean influence in their side, with four players from the country. Two of the Koreans, are in fact key players for the side. Hong-Yeon Kim is joint top scorer with five so far this year and Kontyon Kim has an impressive five assists so far.

Another player to watch out for could be Brazilian striker Fábio. He is on loan from J2 side FC Gifu and played five matches for them this season before being loaned out. He has one goal so far in three sub appearances for Fukushima.

Last season’s result

N/A as Fukushima were in the regional leagues.

Kick off is 5am/1pm at the Fujieda Citizen Ground

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