Avispa are on a bit of a role! After getting the monkey of 13 straight defeats off our back we have now won 2 and drawn another of the games.
It asks the question of how the season could have been different. If you consider the games we are now playing to be week 5 we could have been in the situation of played 5, won 2, drawn 1, with the league table looking very different.
It isn’t entirely dissimilar to last season where we had a terrible start to the season and then found the team over the summer.
After beating one of the J1 clubs we beat in the Emperors Cup last season (Omiya) we now face the other (Hiroshima). We beat them last season, but only after extra time and penalties which may suggest that a draw is the most likely outcome tonight.
Avispa will be playing with close to their first team as Nakamachi should be in the team and with 2 games under his belt to get back to full fitness. Naruoka has found the goal twice in recent matches and will hopefully be full of confidence for this game.
There are lots of rumours about us getting a foreign player/striker during the Summer break so maybe Jogo will be trying hard to remind the manager than he should be first choice striker.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 – 1 Avispa Fukuoka
Very optimistic. Realistically I expect Tadanari Lee to rip us apart, but with the current run of form and Yamagata to play next week i don’t want to bring a downer onto things.