Having secured promotion to J1 on Tuesday, Avispa have a couple of games to relax and enjoy their last time in J2 including today’s home game against Consadole.
I hope it is taken as an opportunity to play with a little freedom and express themselves against a team that have traveled a very long way, and have had very little to play for for about 3 months and are currently in quite a big injury crisis.
I think that J2 is really calling out for a proper relegation to the JFL system and playoffs for the 3rd promotion spot to make the season more interesting for clubs in a situation like Sapporo have now.
Sueyoshi is suspended for this game having picked up a fairly needless booking against Gifu, but it may be good for the team to have a more defensive player out and the chance for someone like Suzuki Jun to get a start. I hope that in the situation Shinoda does something positive rather than just bring someone defensive into the match like Abe or Miyaji.
I also hope that some young players are given a game, both for their development, and to show people like potential signing Kensuke Nagai that the team is willing to trust young players.
Before the game there will be a ceremony for Kudo who will be retiring at the end of the season. He has been a great servant for the club and I hope that he gets the chance to play some part in the game after being injured last week.
Avispa are priced at 1.72 (56%) for the win, which I think is pretty good odds to back. In the last home game of a promotion season against a mid-table opposition I’d hope they’d be looking for a big win in a party atmosphere. Avispa do actually have an incentive to win with 2nd place still up for grabs.
Avispa 3 – 0 Consadole
Playing an open game to give Kudo and J2 a good send off. Suzuki Jun to play and get a goal. Hopefully there won’t be many fans coming all the way from Sapporo to watch what is a fairly meaningless match.