Match Time:8/2/2020 17:00 Sunday（GMT+8）
Matsumoto Yamaga still expect to be missing Yuya Hashiuchi to injury.
Masahiro Teraoka is a long-term injury absentee for Giravanz Kitakyushu.
Injured/Unavailable: Yuya Hashiuchi (hamstring).
Injured/Unavailable: Masahiro Teraoka (knee surgery)
PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Matsumoto Yamaga went down 2-0 at home to Machida Zelvia last Wednesday in J2. They have now won just twice this season – both against teams currently in the bottom five – as they struggle to get a hold of their season. It would seem that captain/centre back Yuya Hashiuchi was a bigger loss than they could handle and will hope to be having him back soon. Home advantage has meant nothing for the team, only having beaten bottom club ThespaKusatsu Gunma in their own stadium. They are already 13 points off the top, where they probably feel they belong, and confidence will be low.
Akira Silvano Disaro and Naoki Tsubaki have Giravanz Kitakyushu a 2-0 half time lead at home to Tokushima Vortis on Wednesday night, and that's how the game ended. J2 2020's surprise package have lost just once in their last six games, gaining four wins in there, since they opened their season with two losses. Confidence is building and they are looking very much a team that works for and with each other, Nothing less than manager Shinji Kobayashi always does, having molded yet another team for promotion, can he take them high in J2, also?
Current form would suggest another struggle for the home team and the free-playing Giravanz Kitakyushu can take the points here.
HEAD TO HEAD
The last time these two teams met was in J2 in 2016 when Matsumoto Yamaga won both games.