After last week Avispa are probably the most in-form club in J2 at the moment with 5 wins out of the last 6 games, with the only game not won being a good away win against JEF.
As a team which thrives on confidence I hope this means that they start the Kyushu derby with Oita at a fast pace next week with an aim to play high up the pitch rather than sit back and be patient.
Oita are under-performing this season having relegated from J1, and have the class to unlock our defence if we let them settle. Especially with their Korean striker.
Hopefully Tanaka will be back, even if Nakamachi is still injured.
Avispa are quite big favorites to win (2.2 – 44%) with Oita having a very long price (3.5 – 28%). I think this is unrealistic, and especially in a derby match Oita could be a very difficult game.
My prediction – Avispa 0 – 2 Oita Trinita
I would be happy with a draw in this game, I think Oita will visit Level 5 stadium knowing they must win to get their season going again and if Avispa let them settle they will score and Avispa might lose confidence.