Matchday 20 2017 Preview – FC Machida Zelvia v Tokyo Verdy

Matchday 20 2017 Preview – FC Machida Zelvia v Tokyo Verdy

Verdy’s 20th game of the 2017 season is Away to FC Machida Zelvia at Machida Stadium. It’s back to league action after the disappointment of going out of the Emperors Cup at the the 2nd Round, but our opponents also got knocked out of the Emperors Cup against another fellow J2 side in Oita Trinita (see Look At Our Opponents below) and Zelvia are not doing great in J2 either, they currently sit in 17th place with 23 points with 5 wins, 8 draws and 6 losses, but Verdy are not on that great of a run either in the last 5 games but see themselves in 6th place with 31 points, let’s have a look at the head to head between both sides, the last time the 2 teams played each other was in the 2016 season was a 2-1 win for Zelvia over Verdy – 2 Nakamura goals saw Zelvia 2-0 at half time but Taira reduced the scoreline to make it 2-1, this will be the 5th meeting these sides and its advantage to the home team wirh Zelvia winning 2 of the 4 games already played and Verdy with 1 (2012 Season) win and 1 draw (2012 Season as well), fingers crossed Verdy can get a good result this weekend after the result on Wednesday. LET’S FIGHT TOWARDS VICTORY.

Last Game –
Tokyo Verdy’s XI
v Chiba (Wed 21st June)



Pinheiro- Kajikawa-Vieira

Bench – Ota, Ibayashi, Uchida, Futagawa, Watanabe, Y Takagi, Vieira

Subs – Masaomi Nakano Off, Douglas Vieira On (72′) – Jumpei Takaki Off, Takahiro Futagawa On (72′) – Shogo Hayashi Off, Tatsuya Uchida On (78′)

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

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

Look At Our Opponents –
Let’s have a look at Zelvia’s last game against Oita Trinita in the Emperors Cup this midweek, for Oita it was a win for the high J2 side in the table with a 4-2 win over Zelvia, it started bad for Zelvia when Daisuke Sakai scored Oita’s first goal on the 16th minute, near the the end of the first half Zelvia got back into the game thanks to a own goal (37th min) but Oita got their second goal just minutes before half time thanks to Kohei Isa – half time it was Oita 2-1 up, with 30 mins to go, Oita took a 3-1 lead with thanks to Kohei Isa’s second goal on the 73rd minute but only a couple of minutes later Zelvia got back into the game with Hiroki Todaka scoring Zelvia’s second goal but it was in injury time in the second half when Yuya Himeno scored Oita’s fourth goal to make the final score – Zelvia 2-4 Oita and Oita go into the third round of the cup.

GK Takahara
DF Fujii
DF Tokita (Off, 52’)
DF Masuda
DF Otani
MF Okuyama (Off, 78’)
MF Hirato
MF Morimura
MF Todaka
FW Yoshida
FW Endo (Off, 69’)

GK Watanabe
DF Matsumoto (On, 52’)
DF Kim
MF Yoshihama (On, 78’)
MF Y Inoue
FW Nakamura
FW Shigematus (On, 69’)

Here are the Matchday 20 Fixtures –

Sunday, 25th June
Montedio Yamagata v Tokushima Vortis
Mito Hollyhock v Kamatamare Sanuki
Yokohama FC v Shonan Bellmare
Matsumoto Yamaga v Fagiano Okayama
FC Gifu v JEF United Chiba
Kyoto Sanga v Zweigen Kanazawa
Ehime FC v Avispa Fukuoka
Nagoya Grampus v V-Varen Nagasaki
Roasso Kumamoto v Renofa Yamaguchi
Thespa Kusatsu Gunma v Oita Trinita

Come on Verdy!