A fairly dire performance against Urawa Reds where we struggled to make any chances apart from long range shots does not particularly fill me with confidence when we are playing against what have been the best opposition I have seen so far this season.
When we played Jubilo at home they destroyed us in the first half, and may have ended their alumni Makoto Tanaka’s career in the process. Since then we have changed our defence, but that is also leaking goals and I can’t see us getting anything from this game.
It will be the 3rd time we have played Jubilo this season, and having already lost 4-1 and 2-0 I don’t expect too much to be different.
In Maeda they have the standout Japanese striker from the last decade in the J-League, who without too much fuss has scored goals for fun against almost all opposition. In the last league match he embarrassed Daiki a little for their final goal, and I expect him to give him a hard time again today. We have the added physical presence of Kobara now, but I think we will concede at least 2 goals again.
In attack we now seem to be quite heavily reliant on Matsuura as our outlet. Unfortunately he only really provides that attack on days when he has a clear advantage over the full-back. On days when he has quality defence against him he has no plan b if he cannot better him one on one.
We will line up exactly as we did against Urawa Reds as we don’t really have any other options for the central 2 of Suzuki and Sueyoshi who are getting run ragged.
Avispa 1 – 3 Jubilo Iwata
Could easily be a hattrick for Maeda today, he looked a class apart the last time we played. Supported by a bunch of hard-working young kids he will get on the end of anything they supply.