Following the midfield demolition by Kyoto Sanga the team have had 2 training matches against Fukuoka University, the second of which with many of the first team playing and hopefully saw them get some better understanding. They certainly scored a lot of goals with 17 goals being scored across the 2 games with Samir getting 4 and Nishida getting 5.
Tomorrow they have another away game, this time making another short trip, the jump across to Shikoku to play Ehime.
Ehime are currently mid-table but have only beaten the new teams of Machida and Matsumoto and drawn or lost all their other games.
I’d hope Avispa would be going there to win, which after a start of the season which has seen us play JEF, Kyoto and Shonan leads to some easier games.
The biggest question mark will again be in central defence where Hatamoto was really missed against Kyoto, and looked very good when he came on as sub. While Kyoto had a big target striker on the pitch who Maeda thought might bully Hatamoto, Ehime are a much smaller team and I’d definitely play Tokio.
I’d love to see Oh start at right-back in place of Wada, but he might be saved for the Mito game next week.
Up front Samir and Nishida must be pushing to get in the team after their goal-scoring exploits mid-week but it could only be in place of Yutaka who as Captain probably can’t be dropped.
Having had half-decent Brazilian Josimar up front for a couple of years they are now quite weak in attack after he left for Tokyo Verdy. Youngster Koki Arita is probably their best attacker, but I’d hope Avispa would be able to handle them in defence.
Their defence is well organised without being flashy, but again I’d hope Sakata would be too good for them.
Ehime 0 – 2 Avispa
I think we will hold the ball without scoring a goal with one of our new strikers coming on as sub to get their first goal.