vs. Kashiwa Antlers (preview)   Leave a comment

After the second half heroics against Kobe the Avispa team are going to heading up to Ibaraki to play J=League heavyweights Kashiwa Antlers.

Antlers had a tough start to the season under some difficult circumstances, but in the second half of the season have been playing up to expectations and risen up the table after going on an 8 game unbeaten streak in which they have won 6.

Known for being quite an expansive team they will be the strong favorites for the win and it will be up to Avispa to try and deal with their short passing game.

The big question for me will be is if Asano saw enough in the 2nd half against Kobe to be brave enough to tweak the starting formation.
After keeping the 4231 formation all season, with few positive results, there seemed a marked switch to a stricter 4141 in the 2nd half against Kobe and the results were obvious.

While 4141 might seem more defensive on paper it certainly wasn’t on the pitch. Our problem all season has been the big space in the middle of the pitch which allowed opposition teams to build attacks under no pressure, and crosses into the box being cleared under no pressure in attack.

……………………………….Rokutan(Kamiyama)

Tatsunori(Miyaji)…Daiki(Makoto)….Kobara(Yamaguchi)…….Wada

………………………………..Suzuki(Sueyoshi)

Yusuke(Shimizu)….Nakamachi(Naruoka)..Matsuura(Jogo)……Kim(Hideya)

…………………………………Shigematsu(Masato)

I believe this is our best team, and think something needs to change if we are to pull off a great escape. It isn’t a huge change, but one which addresses our biggest problem about space in midfield.

My Prediction

Kashiwa 2 : 0 Avispa

This is probably the hardest game we have between now and the end of the season, and anything we get from this game is a bonus to me. We still need 8 wins, and this isn’t one I am really hoping for.

Posted August 27, 2011 by avispafukuoka in Preview

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