While we were drawing against bottom team Machida last weekend Roasso were beating promotion chasing Oita Trinita.
The win means they overtook us in the league, and we are now the lowest place team in Kyushu. With 4 teams above us (Tosu, Kumamoto, Oita and Kitakyushu), this could be seen as something of a new low as it hasn’t ever happened before.
I’m sure we have a bigger wage-bill than Kumamoto and Giravanz, are quite likely to pay more than Oita, and may well even be close to Tosu in the top half of J1. The situation is a joke.
The last time we played Kumaoto away (2 years ago) was the first real time I had see us having the problems we are still having now. In the pouring rain, while chasing promotion, we tried to pass the ball around with next to no final product and were easily beaten by a Kumamoto team who let us try to pass around with an ineffective system knowing that their chance would come.
The team has got considerably worse since then, but the same problems exist.
I’d love to talk to Maeda and ask him to describe exactly how Avispa will score against Kumamoto. Obviously not all our goals will be scored that way, but every team needs to have at least some sort of plan.
When I look down the team sheet, and who we have in different positions I just can’t think how we will score, except for moments of brilliance which happened at the start of the season, but quickly emerged that you can’t rely on these.
Suzuki Jun comes back from suspension, and I guess will come straight back into the team in place of Tsutsumi. Tsutsumi hasn’t done badly, but it isn’t his natural position (at the moment). He should still be on the bench ahead of Sueyoshi in that role though.
Kim is also available, but after being our best player against Machida, Omata doesn’t really deserve to be dropped.
I hope Sakata and Osmar will start up front, with Jogo and Naruoka on the wings, but against his old team Yutaka might find a way of getting a start.
With no suspensions of their own, and coming off the back of a Kyushu derby win I expect Roasso to stay unchanged.
A win against us here would put them 4 points clear and hopeful of staying ahead until the end of the season for a small moral victory.
They don’t really have any strikers, but that is just going to encourage Koga and Kazuki to pass the ball between them until one of them kicks it straight to a Roasso player. In the absence of real strikers they have been throwing defender Takahashi forwards, but it is winger Takatomi who offers the real goal threat and is going to be a nightmare running at Wada.
Roasso 2 : 0 Avispa
We have a useless midfield even at full strength, and Takatomi is going to run rings around either fullback to give away so many set pieces.