After a run of ‘weaker’ teams in which Avispa haven’t done great they face perhaps the weakest team in the division tomorrow as FC Gifu travel down the Chugoku highway to Level -5 stadium.
It should result in a straight-forward win for Avispa, but nothing has been straight-forward for Avispa this season, and Gifu have already shown they are well capable of a shock result after they beat form team in the division JEF United a couple of weeks ago.
As with the Giranvanz game last weekend I think that anything other than a win for Avispa might be Maeda’s last game at the club.
There will be one change for Avispa as Samir drops back out of the team and Naruoka returns after suspension. Samir didn’t do badly against Yamaga, we were winning when he left the pitch, and he might make the bench if he isn’t injured.
I’d like to see Minje play at left back as we need to attack teams like this, but Maeda will probably be more conservative. Similarly I’d play Oh at right-back, but think that if there is a change it will be Wada coming in for Tsutsumi.
Apart from Naruoka coming in our midfield will stay the same, Okada- Suzuki-Jogo.
Yutaka did enough to stay in the team up front, and Sakata will be eager to get some goals after a lean spell.
Gifu’s team is mostly made up of players who have played a handful of games at other clubs within the J-League and then stepped down to Gifu to get more regular games.
J2 is about their level, rather than bright young things who will be hoping to leave the club for bigger things soon.
They keep things simple as a team, and are likely to concentrate on not conceding as a top priority.
Avispa 3 – 0 Gifu
Something has to give at some point this season. I thought Gainare was the truning point, then Tokushima looked like it might kick-start things. Hopefully things will click today with Sakata getting back in the goals.
Would love to see someone get their first goal for the club, there are plenty of people to choose from.