After the depressing showing against Gifu Maeda has kept his job. It might be because we have actually climbed a place in the teable as although we haven’t won many games, we haven’t lost too many either. Unfortunately it was against clubs who are on paper the weakest in the division.
We now go to Yokohama, and I expect to see a couple of changes. Maeda can have no doubt that recent matches have not been good enough, with a couple of the more experienced players really not pulling their weight.
Yokohama are ahead of us in the table, but I still think we should be taking all 3 points against a Yokohama team who really struggled last season, and were looking pretty bad at the start of this season too.
They are made up of a very old bunch of players with Avispa alumni Jumbo being one of their younger players at about 32.
Playing with Jumbo (who has done very well this season) they are quite predictable, aiming high balls and crosses towards his head.
With no suspensions and only Yamaguchi out injured there can be no excuses after this game.
I think (hope) that Yutaka, Sueyoshi and Tsutsumi will be dropped, with Nishida, Suzuki Jun and Wada come in.
Yutaka looks horribly off the pace and Nishida will want to do well against his old club.
Sueyoshi came in for Suzuki Jun’s suspension, and did nothing to justify staying in the team (Maeda singled him out for criticism after Gifu).
Wada was one of our better players until losing his place around when his baby was born. Tsutsumi can do great things, but doesn’t seem to have a very good attitude; so lackadaisical.
The big question for me is whether Jumbo will be playing. After 8 goals so far this season he will certainly play if fit, but did come off after 59 minutes against Tochigi so I don7t know if he is totally fit.
He will get a good recption from the Avispa fans if he plays, and with our huge problems with crosses and corners he could have a bit of a field day.
Kazu Miura is unlikely to play being more of a figurehead than active player at the club.
Yokohama 0 – 1 Avispa
Having been so bad at predicting this season I should probably stop saying Avispa will win, but I do genuinely think we should be winning this game.