vs Tokyo Verdy (preview)   Leave a comment

While the rainy night against JEF may be seen as the pivotal game of the season, today’s game against the fallen giants from Tokyo isn’t far from it.
Still needing 2 wins and 2 draws to be guaranteed of promotion regardless of what the opposition do, Avispa play one of their competitors for promotion. 2 months ago I had said that I was a little worried about Verdy even though they were still mid-table, and since inflicting the first defeat of the season onto Kashiwa they have been in an excellent run of form.

They are long shots for promotion after letting a lead against JEF slip last week, but will come into this match knowing they must win and will be a very difficult game.

Avispa will be playing without Genki after picking up a suspension last week which stops him from playing against his former team. It represents a selection headache for Shinoda as Genki has been an ever present this season. I expect him to bring Suzuki Jun in, which will provide a more creative midfield, but less width. Personally, I\d play Hideya on the left wing after his excellent assist against Omiya.

My Prediction
Avispa 1 : 1 Tokyo Verdy
Very difficult game, where a player could easily get sent off under the pressure. A draw would be a great result.

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Posted November 20, 2010 by avispafukuoka in Preview

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