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.
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.