Monday, November 2, 2009

Round 4 Draw

November 14

Kashima Antlers (J1) vs Vissel Kobe (J1) Ibaraki
Sagan Tosu (J2) vs Gamba Osaka (J1) Hiroshima
Shimizu S-Pulse (J1) vs Ventforet Kofu (J2) Tottori

November 15

Yokohama F Marinos (J1) vs Kawasaki Frontale (J1) Yokohama
FC Tokyo (J1) vs Vegalta Sendai (J2) Kagawa
FC Gifu (J2) vs JEF United Chiba (J1) Saitama
Nagoya Grampus (J1) vs Jubilo Iwata (J1) Aichi
Meiji University (Tokyo) vs Albirix Niigata (J1) Yamagata

Bold indicates prefecture of stadium.

There will be four J2 teams, and one prefectural team, battling it out with the J1 clubs, all looking for a place in the top eight this weekend.
There is the possibility that the top eight may be made up of all J1 teams after this weekends results but nothings certain yet.
Sagan Tosu, Vegalta Sendai and Ventforet Kofu are all in the top five of the J2 at the business end of the season and will be out to prove a point. Although Kofu might be tempted to rest a few players as they have a huge match against Shonan for J1 promotion the next weekend.
FC Gifu are mid-table but playing a JEF team that just got confirmed as being relegated to the J2 in 2010. SHould be an interesting match-up.
And Meiji-University, well, they're going to have to do something special to knock off Niigata, but you never know.

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