October 7, 2022 (Gold) 5:50 PM
Niigata will be promoted after a draw with Sendai. Will Yokohama FC beat Oita and return to J1 in a year?[Aperçu : Meiji Yasuda J2 Section 40]
The Meiji Yasuda J2 League will hold 11 matches in Section 40 on the 8th and 9th.
With three games to play this season, Niigata FC and Yokohama FC are also expected to be promoted this season.
Leader Niigata will be promoted after a draw with Sendai. Even if they lose, Okayama in 3rd place will be tied with Kofu, and 2nd place or higher will be confirmed. Yokohama FC will be promoted if they win Oita, and even if it ends in a draw or less, if 3rd place Okayama also ends in a draw or less, they can return to J1 in a year.
On the other hand, it is possible that Iwate and Ryukyu will be ranked 21st and below. Ryukyu is determined to be 21st or lower with a draw or less. Even if they win, if 20th-placed Gunma and 19th-placed Omiya both win, the 21st-placed team will be determined. If Iwate wins, there’s still the chance to move up in the remaining zone, but if it ends in a draw or less, Gunma and Omiya will both win, and 21st and below will be confirmed.
Niigata, who are aiming to return to J1 for the first time in six years, will face Sendai at home. Although the promotion is decided by a draw or better, they would like to win and share the joy in their home stadium which is expected to be filled with many fans. Although they failed to win against Yamagata in the previous section, expectations are high for Kaito Taniguchi, who has regained his form, to show his determination. On the other hand, Sendai needs 3 points to stay in the playoff range. In the previous section, they lost to Tokyo V and lost two games in a row. Both want to show their stubbornness with loss of shutout and lack of energy.
Yokohama FC host Oita at home. If they win, they will be promoted, but since Okayama’s match ended before kickoff, it’s possible the promotion will be decided before the match. However, regardless of Okayama’s result, they must have a strong desire to win and decide to return to J1 just like Niigata. In the previous section, they won the auction against Ryukyu and won 3 in a row. Can Koki Ogawa, author of the winning goal, score a goal to lead in J1? On the other hand, Oita defeated Nagasaki in the previous section and won two in a row. He continues to fight steadily without dropping seven games. Expectations are high for Shun Nagasawa, who has played two straight, in a game that needs three points to qualify for the playoffs.
3rd place Okayama played Kofu. Despite the other power, there is still a small possibility of entering the top 2, and to do so, it is a situation where three consecutive victories are necessary. They lost to Kanazawa in the previous section, ending their winning streak. The theme is to repair the defense that has been robbed of 3 points. Kofu, meanwhile, is in a tough situation with six straight losses, but he beat Kashima in the Emperor’s Cup held on Wednesday and decided to advance to the final. Can you keep this momentum going and stop the losing streak?
4th place Kumamoto will play Gunma at home. A win this season could secure a playoff berth. In the previous section, he lost to Akita and suffered a black star for the first time in seven games. We have to be very careful at the start of the game because we conceded a goal early in the game and made the flow worse. Gunma can decide to stay if he wins this section. In the previous section, he beat Omiya and is in good form. By using their strong defense as a weapon, they should be able to increase their chances of winning if they bring it into a game with a one point difference.
7th place Yamagata, who is aiming for a playoff spot, welcomes Mito home. Game 33 against Omiya on Wednesday ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving them winless in three games. Expectations are high for Ryonosuke Kabayama, who delivered a powerful blow against Omiya in the midst of an unbeaten match. Mito lost to Chiba in the previous section and was undefeated in six matches. In the meantime, the attacking side, who have only scored two goals, need inspiration.
Nagasaki vs Tokushima will be a direct confrontation between the 10th and 8th place teams who will qualify for the playoffs. Nagasaki lost to Oita in the previous section and lost two games in a row. Four games without a win and a tough battle continues. Fixing the defense of 9 goals in 4 games will be an important theme. On the other hand, Tokushima defeated Machida and went undefeated in 17 games. I want to bring to this game the momentum of the reverse game that I played in the second half.
9th place, Chiba climbs into Akita’s field. They are 4 points ahead of Sendai in 6th place and need to get 3 points to qualify for the playoffs. In the previous section, they won the auction against Mito and broke the losing streak at 2. Will Sakuragawa Solomon, who scored the last goal, pull off another big job? On the other hand, Akita defeated Kumamoto and won two in a row. Going for the second straight win of the season in a battle that doesn’t mind working hard.
Iwate, who sits in 21st place, will face Tokyo V at home. If it ends in a draw or less in this section, it is possible that 21st place or less will be confirmed. In the previous section, he drew with Yamaguchi to stop the losing streak at 3, but he is far from winning 4 games. I would like to show the tenacity that I caught at the last minute in the battle of this section. On the other hand, Tokyo V beat Sendai and is in form with 3 straight wins. Toyofumi Sakano who has scored 3 goals in the last 4 games will also play an important role in this game.
Ryukyu, who is bottom of the table, will face Kanazawa on the outside. This is a match where only victory is required, as 21st place or lower will be confirmed if it ends in a draw or lower. The previous section was beaten by Yokohama FC and there were no wins in eight games. How can we score in the seven games without a goal? We want to show an aggressive attitude from the start and go towards the opposing goal. Kanazawa defeated Okayama in the previous section and won two in a row. The performance of the attacking team, which has scored 3 goals in 3 consecutive games, will probably be key this season as well.
19th place Omiya welcomes Yamaguchi home. If we win this season, maybe we can decide to stay. In Wednesday’s game, they drew with Yamagata, leaving them winless in three games. As the defense is stable, Seiya Nakano and the other attacking players need to be inspired. Yamaguchi drew with Iwate in the previous section and is undefeated in six games. Kazuma Takai, who scored 5 goals in the last 2 games and is about to score, will he still be able to shine this season.
Machida played against Tochigi at home. The previous section was beaten by Tokushima, and he remained undefeated in seven games. Even if we were able to score goals, we want to rebuild our defense which conceded seven goals in three games. Tochigi defeated Kofu in the previous section and decided to stay. Expectations are high for Ryo Nemoto, who continues to perform well.
■ Check highlights of each game
Akita versus Chiba
Niigata vs. Sendai
Nagasaki versus Tokushima
Kumamoto vs. Gunma
Iwate vs. Tokyo V
Kofu vs Okayama
Yamagata vs. Mito
Omiya vs. Yamaguchi
Machida vs. Tochigi
Kanazawa vs. Ryukyu
Yokohama FC vs Oita