Friday, 8 May 2009

Jubilo Preview

Another quickie again today, sorry. After a startling return to form against Oita Trinita, Ardija travel on Saturday to a Jubilo Iwata side who have themselves experienced a remarkable turnaround in their fortunes. At the beginning of the season the Shizuoka Sky Blues could scarcely pick up a point, with the goalscoring of Gilsinho the only light in the gloom for Iwata fans. Following the arrival at the club of South Korean international forward Lee Keun Ho, however, things have been looking up as the two players have instantly clicked.

Jubilo therefore go into Saturday's game with a solitary defeat in their last six outings and providing a clear danger for Mato Neretljak and co in the Ardija defence. The re-shuffled Squirrels back four looked solid enough against Trinita, but has without question been the weak link in the team this year, having conceded a very disappointing seventeen goals in ten matches. But what Jang Wae Ryong's side did offer in the Oita game was movement and goals, as Yoshihito Fujita, Chikara Fujimoto and new star Naoki Ishihara all took advantage of slack defending to find the net. Go Ardija!



Furtho 9 May 2009 at 07:11  

Yahoo XI:

GK Ezumi
DF Tokita
DF Kataoka
DF Neretljak
DF Hato
MF Uchida
MF Kanazawa
MF Fujimoto
MF Park
FW Ishihara
FW Fujita

Unusually, it's a diamond-shaped midfield (as opposed to a flat line of four) with Kanazawa in front of the central defenders and Fujimoto behind the front two.

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