Matchday 20 Preview –Cerezo Osaka v Tokyo Verdy
Verdy’s 20th game of the 2016 J2 season is Away to Cerezo Osaka at Kincho Stadium, after a brilliant come back to beat Kyoto Sanga 2-1 last weekend, it was great to seal a much important win to climb away from the relegation zone and sort of trying to look up rather than behind in the table, but onto this weekend’s game – it’s going to be a really tough test against one of the current top 2 teams in Cerezo Osaka. Cerezo are on a good run at the moment – they have won the last 3 games by at least 1 goal and have lost one game in the last 5, looking at the head-to-head, Verdy and Cerezo have been playing against each other since the 1998 season, in the 27 games (including cup games), Verdy have won 14 games, drawn 7 times and Cerezo have won 6 times – so it’s Verdy who has the better record overall, but last year it was 1 win for Cerezo (Verdy lost 2-0) Away and Verdy drew 1-1 at home – Alan Pinheiro with the Verdy goal. LET’S FIGHT TOWARDS VICTORY.
Tokyo Verdy’s XI
v Kyoto (Sun 19th June)
Bench – Ota, Oki, Takaki, Y Takagi, Kusumi, Watanabe, Sugimoto
Last 5 Results (From This Season) – Tokyo Verdy and Cerezo Osaka
Tokyo Verdy – D L D D W
Cerezo Osaka – W L W W W
Here is the Cerezo Osaka team that won 3-2 against Tokushima Vortis last weekend, it was all going Cerezo’s way after scoring 2 goals – Sugimoto on the 25th minute and Meneghel in the 49th minute but Vortis came back into the game with Watari scoring in the 69th minute but Cerezo regained the 2 goal lead on the 73rd minute when Souza scored but Vortis against reduced the gap when Hasegawa scored just under 15 minutes to go (in the 77th minute) but it finished 3-2 to Cerezo so they currently sit 2nd place in the league.
FW K Sugimoto
Here are the fixtures for Matchday 20 –
Sunday, 26th June
Montedio Yamagata v Mito Hollyhock
JEF United Chiba v Giravanz Kitakyushu
Yokohama FC v Machida Zelvia
FC Gifu v Roasso Kumamoto
Renofa Yamaguchi v Shimizu S-Pulse
Tokushima Vortis v Zweigen Kanazawa
Kyoto Sanga v Matsumoto Yamaga
Kamatamare Sanuki v Fagiano Okayama
Ehime FC v V-Varen Nagasaki
Thespa Kusatsu Gunma v Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Come on Verdy!