After the summer break and accompanying World Cup the real football is about to start again with Avispa Fukuoka about to start their season again, hoping to continue the rich vein of form which sees them 4th in the table and within sight of promotion.
During the break there have been a few friendly games to keep the players sharp (which while results are fairly irrelevant, Avispa won), Japan vs. Holland has been shown on the video screen at Level 5 Stadium (which attracted a bigger crowd than some home games!), and Avispa haved signed a new player (a South Korean defender who looks likely to be a backup player).
Wanting to carry on their amazing form from before the break Avispa are potentially quite fortunate to be playing Thespa Kusatsu first. Despite having been in J2 for a few seasons they are the weakest team in the division, and are rooted to the bottom of the table.
I’m hoping for a good away win, and a confidence boost to help continue the run of games without defeat.
My Prediction – Thespa Kusatsu 0 – 3 Avispa Fukuoka
Avispa Fukuoka players will be eager to start the season again after the way they finished, and now have a group of strikers and attacking players competing for a starting place who will be eager to impress.