After last week’s win the team will be thinking that maybe they can pull off 2 wins out of 2 with an away match with Omiya Ardija, one of the teams which we beat at Level-5 stadium earlier in the season.
We also beat the last year in the Emperors Cup away from home, and they have a fairly terrible record in their home stadium this season. All things are pointing to a possible Avispa win, which means they will probably end up losing and ‘secure’ mathematical relegation.
Both teams won last weekend (under a suspicion of some irregularity from some people – something I doubt but don’t totally dismiss) and will be going all out to record another in efforts to try and escape relegation.
Asano has a very big decision to make regarding team selection. He has usually kept the team the same after a victory, but that would mean a second game on the bench for Nakamachi. 1 game away can be dressed up as giving someone a rest, 2 games is clearly being dropped. As Nakamachi came on last week and asked Daiki for the Captain’s armband after sitting watching him get the team into a winning position I saw someone who wants to be the main man whether he deserves it or not.
Omiya 1 – 0 Avispa
A reverse of the game earlier in the season. I think Omiya will take a lead just before half time and then spend the second half trying to nervously defend a result which will give them breathing space over relegation.