Match Time：6/9/2019 12:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Shinji Tominari made a faster-than-expected return to the Kagoshima team last weekend, although he only last 62 minutes. Junya Nodake is still out with a knee injury.
For Verdy Kota Watanabe has been selected for the Japan squad to play in the Copa America and will miss some games. Fujimoto returned from the Under-20 World Cup after Japan were knocked out and should be available for selection.
Injured/Unavailable: Junya Nodake (knee).
Injured/Unavailable: Kota Watanabe (Japan national team).
MATCH PREVIEW MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Kagoshima went down to a gallant 1-0 away loss at high-flying Montedio Yamaga last weekend. Today we see two teams who had recent revivals come back to earth. After three wins and a draw in four league matches to end a losing run, Kagoshima have now lost three games running again and stay close to the bottom. Despite losing all of the last three games they have only conceded four goals in that time, suggesting that the defence is improving, even though they are not scoring.
Verdy were pummeled 4-1 at home by rising Kyoto Sanga last weekend in J2. Verdy's only goal came from Junki Koike when they were already 3-0 down. After seven league games undefeated Verdy came crashing down with a 4-1 home defeat, going three goals down within the first half hour of the game before settling in. But not well enough and they will be looking to bounce back to winning ways against a struggling team.
Last week was a fluke result, a terrible defensive display in the 1st half was rectified. While I do not believe that Verdy will be hitting top six any time soon, they should have enough to beat Kagoshima.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST HALF HAD – AWAY WIN
Verdy have been ahead at half time in eight of their 16 games – 50% (Kagoshima have been ahead just twice) and have 12 goals before the break (Kagoshima have just four).
HEAD TO HEAD
These two teams have never met in league play.