The point against JEF has been looking better and better this week after seeing a recording of the match, and seeing that Ventforet and Kyoto both lost.
Today we face the team who beat Kyoto, Gainare Tottori, but I don’t think we can read too much into it as Kyoto had a man sent off and Gainare had lost heavily to new team FC Machida the week before.
As a new team themselves I’d hope that Avispa would be looking for a fairly comfortable home win, and especially trying to develop some more attacking threat. Perhaps the biggest area we need to work on is corners and set pieces, where at the moment it can look a little hit and hope.
As with last week the biggest question will be about defence. Kazuki’s injury has been announced as being really serious (ACL) and he will be out for 6 months, Koga is still out, and Hatamoto had his head kneed open at the end of the JEF game. I don’t know how long Tsutsumi’s suspension is, but if Tokio can play I’d use him with Kobara.
Attack will remain the same, and Sueyoshi shoulkd stay in midfiekd with Okada.
This will be the first time I’ve ever seen Tottori and know very little about them.
They have struggled a bit since joining the J-League, but as with the game against Kyoto if things fall together anyone can beat anyone in this division.
Avispa 2 – 0 Gainare
Strong winds at the stadium may cause problems with high balls and crosses, with Sakata causing a lot of problems for their defenders picking up the 2nd balls.
Yutaka might get his first for the season.