Avispa will be hoping that after getting a home win against Toyama they can put together a little run of wins to end the season on a high.
We have our second home game in a week to try to build momentum, and are facing one of the new teams in the division, Matsumoto Yamaga.
After struggling at times this season Yamaga are now having what is probably the best debut season in recent times. Their current form is amongst very best in the division being unbeaten in 6 games, with their most recent game being an away win over Kyoto Sanga on Wednesday.
Despite this I’d hope that Avispa could collect all 3 points, to think anything else would be a bit depressing looking at where both clubs were last season, and the players available to each team.
After a win on Wednesday I expect the team to stay much the same, but this would then ask the question about what Ishizu needs to do to get a starting chance.
After coming on and scoring 2 goals, one from the wing and one as striker, to win the game he is entitled to think he should start.
I’d experiment with Naruoka playing in central midfield. He has done that at times in his career, and couldn’t do much worse than Suzuki, Sueyoshi or Okada. He seems to want to play across the pitch so let him and see what happens.
Okada is suspended so something has to change, I expect Sueyoshi to come in as a straight swap.
Strikers and defence will stay the same.
Matsumoto Yamaga news
Matsumoto will stay the same as the team which managed to beat Kyoto Sanga in mid-week, and which have played so solidly recently.
They are a team which are hard to break down, with their recent run of form being built on not conceding many goals.
Up front they have the option of tall Brazilian Allison, but against our tall immobile central defence will probably favour small mobile attackers, and fully expect them to aim long balls at left back as every other club has recently.
Avispa 1 – 0 Matsumoto Yamaga
Tight game, but one which I think our substitutes will win for us at the end again.