As Japan enjoys a 3 day weekend Avispa have their 2nd game in 4 days with bottom club Machida coming down to Level-5 stadium.
You’d hope it would be an easy 3 points for Avispa, but after struggling against Gifu and Toyama when they were bottom placed teams, and also in the away game against Machida nothing can be taken for granted.
Avispa have been playing better than previously for the last couple of games, with a win against the University and away draw with Verdy and will hopefully continue to get better here.
Machida have more to play for as they are in real danger of being the first ever club to be relegated from J2, and Avispa will need to know they are going to be playing a team who are playing for their lives.
Suzuki Jun is still suspended so there will need to be a decision on central midfield partner for Okada.
Tsutsumi did OK at Tokyo, and Sueyoshi was poor so it would seem to point towards Tsutsumi, but personally I would stick Naruoka there. We are playing the bottom club, he is our most creative player, and should play well together with Okada.
In addition to Jun being suspended we are also without Kim Minje. I have no idea what the plan will be for that. Miyaji is injured. I guess Wada could play left-back, Tsutsumi right-back, and Sueyoshi in midfield.
Having got Sakata to play on the wing he will probably stay there, with Yutaka playing as target man, as ineffective as this usually is.
Machida have been strengthened in defence since we last played them with a fairly good quality Korean player, but should hopefully still have enough gaps for us to score.
Their best player previosly was the bald guy who plays up front, but he must be suffering from something of a confidence crisis after the season they have been having.
Avispa 4 – 0 Machida Zelvia
We haven’t seen a blow-out result since Gainare and Tokushima at the start of the season.
The potential is still there, we won’t get a better chance than against Zelvia.