Leader Niigata, who has won three straight matches, will meet Omiya at home. Chasing Yokohama FC take on Nagasaki away[Preview: Meiji Yasuda J2 Section 38]: J.League.jp

September 23, 2022 (Gold) 15:30

Leader Niigata, who has won three straight matches, will meet Omiya at home. Chasing Yokohama FC take on Nagasaki away[Preview: Meiji Yasuda J2 Round 38]

The Meiji Yasuda Life J2 League will have 11 games on Section 38 on the 24th and 25th. With five games remaining this season, the promotion battle is finally reaching its climax.

Leader Niigata will face Omiya at home. In the previous section, they won a comfortable victory over Mito and won 3 in a row. Yoshiro Takagi’s injury, which caused the goal, was a pain, but Kaito Taniguchi, who scored for the first time in a long time in the previous section, will fill the void. On the other hand, Omiya beat Tochigi and is undefeated in three matches. He has scored 8 goals in the last 3 games and his attacks are working so there are high expectations for Seiya Nakano who has scored 2 games in a row.

2nd place Yokohama FC played in Nagasaki. In the previous section, they beat Kofu and got 3 points for the first time in 4 games. Koki Ogawa, who scored the winning goal, will also be able to save the results in this section. Nagasaki played against Tochigi on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw. There was no win in two games and he did not reach the playoff range. Still, Uenaka Asahi scored a goal for the first time in a long time, which is good news, and I want this young striker to give the team momentum.

Okayama, 3rd, behind Yokohama FC by 5 points, hosts Sendai, 5th, at home. This is a match where obtaining 3 points is essential for automatic promotion in a come-from-behind. The previous section was a 3-0 win over Nagasaki. While Mitchell Duke, who remains in good form, is absent due to national team activities, expectations for Thiago Alves, who is also in good form, are high. On the other hand, Sendai finished in a draw with Tokushima in the previous section. As automatic promotion becomes more difficult, maintaining the playoff spot will be a theme going forward. Ace Nakayama Jinto is needed to get results while there are still problems with scoring ability.

4th place, Kumamoto heads to his home base in Chiba. In the previous section, Iwate was defeated and they were undefeated in five matches. During this period, the team conceded only one goal, and the stability of the defense stands out. This section will also show the fight to avoid the opponent’s attack by increasing ball control. Chiba lost to Yamagata in the previous round and failed to win three consecutive matches. I want to avoid a losing streak in order to make the playoffs. Will the attacking team, which ended in a failure in the previous section, show its will?

6th place Oita played Kofu at home. In the previous section, he drew with Kanazawa and was undefeated in five games, but he couldn’t win two games in a row. Even so, coming back two goals behind is a positive factor, and if Muo Kanazaki, who scored his first goal after joining the club, will be able to produce results again. On the other hand, Kofu lost to Yokohama FC, and it was a 4-game losing streak. How can I solve the problem of lack of score? Pay attention to the talent of director Tatsuma Yoshida.

Tokyo V has high expectations for Toyofumi SAKANO, who improved his condition with 2 consecutive matches.
Tokyo V has high expectations for Toyofumi SAKANO, who improved his condition with 2 consecutive matches.

7th place Yamagata played in Tokyo V. In the previous section, they defeated Chiba and improved their condition with two straight wins. Will Ryonosuke Kabayama, who scored his first goal of the season, bring more momentum to the team? Tokyo V played a postponed game on Wednesday, beating Mito 2-1. After 8 games, we got 3 points. Expectations are high for Toyofumi Sakano, who has been in fine form for two straight games.

9th place Tokushima welcomes Mito to his home. The previous section drew with Sendai and went unbeaten in 15 games. Although they continue to play with a sense of stability, what is required for the playoffs is explosive power. We want to show the aggressiveness to aim for multiple goals and get 3 points. Mito lost to Tokyo V in Wednesday’s game, ending their fourth straight loss. As the tough battle continues, can Shoji Karayama, who scored his first goal of the season, play a part in stopping the bad trend?

Akita welcomes Machida home. The previous section was beaten by Gunma and became the first black star in four games. How can we remove the score while keeping the stability of the defense? The explosion of Keita Saito, which did not end in May, is long overdue. Machida drew with Tokyo V in the previous section and was winless in five games. The topic will be how to end the match, as they couldn’t win due to a goal just before the end.

20th place Gunma will face Yamaguchi at home. The previous section defeated Akita and got 3 points for the first time in 5 games. We want to keep our defense strong in this section and find a chance to win defending a goal. Yamaguchi defeated Ryukyu in the previous section and is undefeated in four matches. Can Kensuke Sato, who scored his first goal of the season, do another big job this season?

21st place Iwate welcomes Kanazawa to his home. The previous section was defeated by Kumamoto, and it was a two-game losing streak. I would like to avoid further losing streaks to stay. Morerat, Brennel and other attacking formations can show their determination. On the other hand, Kanazawa draws with Oita and avoids winning 4 games. As they failed to protect the two-point gap, the key to the match will be the header.

Ryukyu, who is bottom of the table, will face Tochigi in an away match. With a 6-point gap to 20th-placed Gunma, they are in a tough spot. Lost to Yamaguchi in the previous section, 6 winless wins. It will be necessary to improve the offensive side without a goal in five games in a row. Tochigi played a rescheduled match against Nagasaki on Wednesday, ending in a 1-1 draw. This task is also on the side of the attack while there is no victory in 5 games. Keita Ueda, 20, who scored the goal in the previous section, will she be able to score again?

Check the highlights of each game
Gunma vs. Yamaguchi
Tokyo vs. Yamagata
Nagasaki vs Yokohama FC
Oita versus Kofu
Okayama vs. Sendai
Iwate vs. Kanazawa
Akita vs. Machida
Chiba vs. Kumamoto
Niigata vs Omiya
Tokushima versus Mito
Tochigi vs. Ryukyu

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