J2 Matchday 13 Preview
#The J.League is officially calling this midweek slate of games "Matchday 2" as it was originally scheduled for the second weekend of the season, starting Saturday, March 12. Here at On the Gas, as you've hopefully noticed, we reset after the resumption, and thus, this is Matchday 13.#
Take two on our first-ever game against Okayama, but for the players, and many fans, it will be their second visit this season after they had already made their way down on the day the eathquake and tsunami struck north east Japan. I did a preview of the original fixture back in March, posted on the day of the disaster actually, that you may want to read again, if only to revisit the lovely souvenirs Okayama had on sale for our visit, and of course, my terrible Microsoft Paint formation graphics...
So its On the Gas 1-0 El Golazo after last weekend, as I correctly predicted that Naohiro Ishikawa would start another game on the bench (El G. had Nao in the XI). He's got through his four substitute appearances in fine fettle, topped off by his goal against Mito, and the coaching staff deserve great credit for the way they've managed his return.