If Avispa are going to perform a miracle and escape relegation after 13 straight defeats we need to now go on a run of games in which we get points.
After getting the first win of the season last Saturday the team now faces Kawasaki Frontale away, and will hopefully be in a good frame of mind and go at them in a similar way to what they did against teams of a similar pedigree like Gamba Osaka and Nagoya Grampus.
Hopefully the team hasn’t forgotten that they had a fairly terrible start last season too, and then went into an unbelievable run of form over the Summer, not losing for 17 games and going from the bottom half of the table to promotion.
The huge boost to confidence in addition to getting their first win is that Captain Nakamachi should be back starting. This means Suzuki Jun wil drop down to the bench, and we have a much more dynamic link between the defence, wings and forwards in the middle of the park. I’m hoping this also brings the best out of Sueyoshi.
I doubt Kawasaki will have an easy game today, and if we can get a draw today then there are 3-4 games coming up we should be looking at as ones we can win.
Nakamachi & Sueyoshi vs. Kengo Nakamura
Coming up against a midfielder of genuine creative talent in National Team player Kengo Nakamura it will be imperative that the Avispa central 2 start working well together after Nakamachi’s long break. If they can impose themselves on midfield and stop Kawasaki playing then they have a chance.
Matsuura vs. Right-back
Matsuura is very important away from home as he is able to hold the ball up well and break fast. I watched the game against Ventforet on TV last night and he looked better on TV than he did from the stands. If he gets the better of his full-back we can get goals.
Kawasaki 1 : 1 Avispa
A hopeful guess at a draw. If we can do that then it will be the starting point for a decent run of games. I can see us getting a goal on the break at some point, but don’t think the defence will be able to cope with the guile of Juninho for 90 minutes.