Match Preview – 16/04/2014 – Nabisco Cup: Match Day 3 – Sagan Tosu v Gamba Osaka

Another trip down to Tosu to take on Sagan Tosu in just a few weeks comes next on the list in the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup with Gamba looking to get their qualifying campaign back on track after a blip on the road last time out. The game kicks-off at 19:00 JST and the game will be held at the Best Amenity Stadium.

AWAY v Sagan Tosu (YNC)Gamba lost 1-0 to Shimizu S-Pulse last time out after Nagasawa gave the hosts in that game the lead in the first half and we were not able to find the equaliser despite being the better side and creating a tonne of chances. Sagan have played just one game thus far having sat out match day 1 but they lost 3-1 in match day 2 at the hands of Kashima Antlers away from home. They will be looking for their first win to place them level on points with us after the game has ended. We will be looking to be in at least 2nd by full time.

The two sides met just a couple of weeks ago in the league in Tosu and it was the home side that took the three points, winning by a 2-0 scoreline. Gamba were dominate without avail in the first half and were made to pay in the second half through poor defensive mistakes which allowed Toyoda and Kim to punish us. We played okay but that defeated started our run of 3 games in a row lost and without a goal.

A large amount of players have not travelled with the squad to Tosu after the team left from Itami Airport this afternoon, all this information with thanks to a friend on social media. Higashiguchi, Kaji, Iwashita, Fujiharu, Endo, Konno, Tatsuya Uchida and Abe all stayed in Osaka with all but Konno being rested – Konno might be back for the weekend after limping off during the Osaka Derby. What we do know is that Yuto Uchida and Yosuke Ideguchi will get their professional full debuts as reported by Sponichi yesterday. Kohei Kawata should also make his Gamba debut in goal, Oh and Nishino to join the defence, Myojin, Kurata, Futagawa and Sato all likely to start. Kenta Hasegawa clearly has one eye on the league match against Omiya Ardija on Saturday and rightly so, as the game is very much winnable. My predicted side is to the right.

We will be looking for the players who were on the bench for the Osaka Derby to make a statement and a claim for a recall to the starting eleven in the league whilst the young players like Uchida and Ideguchi to show us why they are so highly rated and give us a good performance. A positive result is more than acceptable for me and I am hoping that the guys show us some fight and passion, because I really want them all to do well.

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