Match Time: 7/14/2019 17:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Gifu still expect to be missing Michiya Okamato, Hayate Nagakura and Yuta Togashi to injury and have added Ko Yanagisawa to that list
.JEF will still be missing Yuta Togashi to injury.
Injured/Unavailable: Michiya Okamato (knee surgery), Hayate Nagakura (knee), Yuta Togashi (knee surgery), Ko Yanagisawa (thigh).
Injured/Unavailable: Yusuke Tasaka (knee surgery)
MATCH PREVIEW MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Shota Kawanishi (2) and Ryoichi Maeda scored as Gifu won 3-1 away at Avispa Fukuoka last weekend in J2. It was only their second win in 18 league matches, and their first points since early May, after eight straight defeats in J2. Experienced players scored for their new manager and Gifu looked good value for their win and I feel this may be a turning point for their season.
JEF managed a 1-1 away draw with Tokushima Vortis – on a goal from Takayuki Funayama – last weekend in J2. JEF sit 5th-from-bottom and have won just two games – both against the current bottom four – in nine league matches. They do have the psychological advantage of having beaten Gifu 5-1 earlier this season, also, to take into account.
I give Gifu the benefit as momentum is with them after breaking their losing streak last week. A new manager has begun to change things and adrenaline will help take Gifu to another win here.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO - HIGH
All six of Gifu's last five league games have seen over two goals in total, while JEF have scored over a goal per game while conceding almost a goal-and-a-half per match. Expect goals at both ends.
HEAD TO HEAD
In J2 matches between these two teams last season Gifu won both matches, while earlier this season we saw JEF with a home win.