A midweek game coming up tonight against Vissel Kobe who will be arriving at Level-5 Stadium on a 4 game winning streak. This is probably their best run of form in the last couple of seasons and while that could be a big concern, I’m also optimistic when I see things like that as these runs have to end somewhere.
The away match against Kobe was when we broke our losing streak at the start of the season, coming away with a 0-0 draw where we had some chances to win.
In that game Okubo lived up to his billing as star player for Kobe with a great performance playing all over the pitch and pulling the strings, but was let down by some fairly ineffective front play. We will get punished if we allow the big gaps outside the penalty boxes as we did against Kashiwa.
Naruoka and Ramazotti were both injured against Kashiwa, and Suzuki Jun was suspended. I don’t know if any of these players are likely to play, but wouldn’t be opposed to Suzuki Jun coming back in as Sueyoshi isn’t tackling enough for someone who is in the team primarily as a defensive screen so we may as well go for the goals which Suzuki can pull out of nowhere.
I’m hoping the defence have a decent game against the loan striker Popo who isn’t the tallest striker in the League which is something our small team can struggle against.
Avispa 3 – 1 Vissel
Positive prediction. We need to win 8 games between now and the end of the season, this is one of them. I’m hoping that the team push up and attack with the fullbacks providing the width for others to crowd midfield and fill the gaps which opened up in the last game.