Before the start of each J-League season the ‘experts’ at the J-League After Game Show have a sit down and talk about how they think the season will end.
Last year they all predicted that Avispa would finish rock-bottom of J1, so they all got that wrong!
Here is what they predict for J2 this year.
It doesn’t look great for Avispa, but with a play-off system in place then finishing anywhere from 3rd to 6th could mean we get promotion (and conversely 3rd means we might not).
For those struggling with the blurry photo we are predicted…
#1 = 8th
#2 = 5th
#3 = 5th
#4 = 6th
#5 = 5th
#6 = 10th
So most experts guess we will have a play-off place at the end of the season.
I don’t have much faith in the guys who think we will finish 8th and 10th. Both of those two also think Kitakyushu will finish in the play-offs.
I guessed they would have a good season last year, but can also see it was a huge over-achievement rather than getting caught up in some hysteria about it. A mid-table finish as a season of consolidation would be good for them this year.