Verdy finishes up a two game road swing against the Brilliant Budgies of Sagan Tosu. Tosu is another struggling club, sitting in 11th place. Right now, Tosu is sitting in a perfect storm of ineptitude, having the worst goal production in the league (4, tied with Montedio) and the 3rd worst goals allowed tally in the league(10). Sagan Tosu is coming off a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Vegalta Sendai. During the game, Tosu lost something else when Korean DF Yoo Jin Kim got run with a straight red card in the 77th minute. Meanwhile, Verdy gets two of their own back from suspension with the return of striker extraordinaire Basilio and Fujita the idiot boy (a little harsh but he cost the team 3 points with ridiculous tackles).
GK 31 Toshimitsu ASAI
DF 26 Toyoki HASEGAWA, 3 Hidenori KATO, 4 Kazuya IIO, 16 Keiji TAKACHI
MF 7 Takeshi HAMADA, 14 Yoshiki TAKAHASHI,8 YOON Jong Hwan, 34 Junya YAMASHIRO
FW 25 Yoshihito FUJITA, 11 Tatsunori ARAI
TOKYO VERDY 1969:
GK 21 TAKAGI
DF 13 YANAGISAWA, 5 DEDIMAR, 2 HAGIMURA, 3 FUJITA (Could be Aoba on this one but I think Ramos goes back to Fujita unless Togawa is available, then it will be him)
MF 8 NAGAI, 11 ONO, 15 KANAZAWA, 10 DEDIMAR
9 BASILIO, 25 HIRAMOTO
BENCH: GK 1 MIZUHARA, 16 IIO, MF 20 HIROYAMA, 32 KUBA, DF 27 AOBA ( I think Saito gets sent to the Satellite after the Mito game. Ramos seems to go with the hot hand and Iio had a hand in the goal. I have no reports on the Satellite game against Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo so I don't know if there will be another surprise. )
ONE TO WATCH:
Only two this time, the striker combination of Arai and Fujita. They really need to start scoring soon or else Sagan Tosu will be hovering around the bottom for a long time. Takagi was relatively untested last game and an early strike could cause him to crack.
WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, 2pm 4/8 in Tosu
Send in eyewitness reports......I'll be at the Omiya/Yokohama FM game so as always.....no eyewitness road reports. Stupid Skyperfect TV