After the win last weekend against Thespa, Avispa will be looking to confirm their return to form with another home win against opposition from the lower half of the table as Giravanz make the short trip from Kitakyushu.
It is Kitakyushu’s first season in J2 and they have struggled for much of the season, having only won 1 game all season and being in risk of setting the lowest ever points score for the division (18).
Being a local derby, and with several ex-Avispa players in their team it is potentially a harder game than it looks on paper, but I still expect Avispa to win quite comfortably.
The biggest problem will be in defence, with Nakajima being suspended after being sent off for the 2nd time this season last week. Miyaji hasn’t even been on the bench recently (I’m guessing because of injury), and neither has Hiraishi. With Nagira succumbing to cramp every time he plays there may be problems.
I’d like to see Yusuke given a chance to start; not because Kudo has played badly, but just as an opportunity to prove his worth against lower level opposition and give more angles for attack.
Jumbo will start after playing so well last week, but needs to be able to stay confident. It would be nice if Oyama was on the bench for some game time in case Avispa are safe after 60 minutes.
Avispa 4 – 0 Giravanz
Avispa will be looking to show that they are still on track for auto-promotion, and should be trying to put some goal difference on JEF and Verdy.
Giravanz will make it difficult, but after conceding one goal could find things difficult as they chase the game.