Matchday 5 Preview –Tokyo Verdy v Machida Zelvia (2016)

Matchday 5 Preview –Tokyo Verdy v Machida Zelvia

Verdy are at home again, this time against JLeague Division 2 New comers Machida Zelvia, in this Tokyo Derby, this is the their first season back in J2 after spending most of the time in JFL/J3, Zelvia were last in J2 in 2012 after promoted from the JFL, but they came rock bottom of the 22 team league (Verdy finished 7th in the league that year) and got relegated to the Japan Football League, but since then, they have gotten stronger, after 1 season in the JFL, Zelvia then moved into the newly formed J3 in 2014, but in 2015, Zelvia finished behind Champions Renofa (after a last gasp Renofa equaliser – Zelvia just missed out becoming champions), but Zelvia beat Oita in the J2/J3 Play Off’s and were promoted to J2 with Renofa, so far Zelvia have made a good start to the season with winning 2 games, drawing 1 and lost once, Verdy and Zelvia have only played each other twice since they were both in the same league in 2012, its currently – Verdy Wins – 1, Draws – 1, Zelvia Wins – 0, who knows what will happen in this game with Zelvia’s good start and Verdy’s good home form.
Fun Fact by the way – Argentinan Legend Osvaldo “Ossie” Ardiles has both managed Verdy (in 2003 to 2005) and Zelvia a few years later in 2012

Tokyo Verdy’s XI
v Vortis (Sun, 20th Mar)

Koki Anzai- Ibayashi- Wessley-Kaz Anzai

Takaki-Funayama-Sawai-Y Takagi-Minami


Bench – Ota, Oki, Taira, Sawai, Kusumi, D Takagi, Hiramoto

Last 5 Results (From Last Season/This Season) – Tokyo Verdy and Machida Zelvia

Tokyo Verdy – L W L L W
Machida Zelvia – W L D W W

Here is the Machida Zelvia team that won 2-1 against Zweigen Kanazawa last weekend – Yuki Nakashima scored the 2 goals for Zelvia in the 11th and 28th minute

GK Takahara
DF Hoshino
DF Kim
DF Hatanaka
DF Tokita
MF Suzuki
MF Morimura
MF Yazawa
FW Toshima
FW Nakashima

GK Naito
DF Fukuda
DF Inoue
MF Miki
F W Nakamura
FW Kukino
FW Shigematsu

Other Fixtures in Matchday 5 –
Saturday, 26th March
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo v Kyoto Sanga
Montedio Yamagata v Shimizu S-Pulse
Matsumoto Yamaga v Renofa Yamaguchi
Fagiano Okayama v Giravanz Kitakyushu
Kamatamare Sanuki v Tokushima Vortis
FC Gifu v Mito Hollyhock
JEF United Chiba v Thespa Kusatsu Gunma
Yokohama FC v Ehime FC
Cerezo Osaka v Zweigen Kanazawa
V-Varen Nagasaki v Roasso Kumamoto

Come on Verdy!

(Picture, Copyright – FC Machida Zelvia/Wikipedia)


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