After the International break football returns to Level 5 Stadium after a 3 week break.
It sees the team returning with zero points from their 8 games this season, but lots of new friends as loads of casual fans, pundits and opposition fans have liked the way we have been going on the attack scoring some goals and generally being a bit unlucky.
The game today will decide if we equal Oita’s record for consecutive defeats in the J-League, a title which the team should be looking to avoid, and don’t really deserve.
I am hoping that Nakamachi has had the time needed to come back from his muscle tear, and we can put out something close to a full squad for the first time this season as Makoto seems to be back to full strength in defence.
Jogo was back on the bench for the Nabisco Cup defeat against Jubilo and I hope that he stays there for this game to be honest. Shigematsu has shown he is a natural striker and will only get better. If Jogo does come in I think he should be tested in one of the more withdrawn roles, probably as a sub for one of Matsuura, Hideya or Yusuke.
Cerezo came up from J2 the season before last and did very well, ending up in 4th and qualifying for the Asian Cup. Things are going less smoothly this season and they are near the bottom of the league.
Avispa 2 – 0 Cerezo
I don’t know why but I am really optimistic about a win today. The team coming home for what should be a good reception despite getting no wins, and a spirit in recent matches which has seen them play at a higher level on the pitch and with some real energy.
Shigematsu to score from a bouncing ball in the box, and Kim Min-Je to rattle in a screamer from long range.