After the huge disapopintment after playing so well on Sunday the team is making the short trip across to Shikoku to play Tokushima on the National Holiday tomorrow.
The fans and press have been almost unanimous in saying that Avispa were very unluckt not to get anything from the game on Sunday, and were the better team for most of the game until Tsutsumi’s sending off changed the complexion of the game.
After 3 very tough games the match against Tokushima is possibly a little ‘easier’ on paper. They were one of the very few teams we did well against last year in a match when Hatamoto totally owned Diogo and Kihara scored what would be Goal of the Season for any team which didn’t have Jogo scoring unbelievable goals every month.
It is a team where I’d hope we would be looking to exert a little more control over midfield, rather than relying on a counter-attacking game, but being an away game think the 433 with a defensive shield is how we should and will line up.
There are quite a few questions about personnel for this game with many players probably thinking they have done enough in the first 3 games to be considered first team players.
Kamiyama will stay in goal after a couple of excellent saves and catches so far this season.
Defensively there is an issue at left-back where omata has been announced as being out for 6 weeks. It would seem the obvious answer is Min Je, a guy who could be the best left-back in the division, but last week we played Okada there. He did an ok job, but is clearly unfamiliar with the position, being caught wrong side for the goal in the last minute, and possibly being considered too far off his man for the first too. I think Min Je has to play, but that creates the issue of where does Okada play having been made Captain. It’s the same situation we had with Yutaka last season.
With Tsutsumi now out it means I’d play Hatamoto from the start. He did very well here last year and Kazuki is much better with pace next to him.
In midfield Park was amazing against Kyoto, Kanakubo is undroppable (people say Kihara is quick, he doesn’t have anything like the ffective pace of this guy), Funayama hasn’t done anything wrong, Nakahara has played every game and looked intelligent and Okada should move back into midfield. Unfortunately only 3 of those players can start. I would choose Park as shield, with Funayama and Kanakubo ahead of him, but that leaves our Captain on the bench.
In attack Pusnik is keeping teams guessing. Kanemori (*Correction from Kanakubo) did very well last week, but I prefer his pace off the bench. Ishizu has to play left, and I don’t feel comfortable with Jogo on the right. Personally I’d play Ishizu – Jogo – Kihara, with Sakata and Kanemori ready to come on at 55 minutes.
Tokushima have not had a good start to the season, losing 2 and drawing 1, including a home defeat to Kitakyushu at the weekend.
They will be looking to change things a little I guess after being hit with 2 goals to lose the game after holding much of the ball but not being able to convert chances.
They play with what seems to be the en-vogue formation for J2 of 343 and we should be trying to attack the flanks and force their attacking threat back.
Their main threat in attack is target man Douglas who will need to watched by Kazuki, and they may have a familar face in midfield trying to pull some strings as Alex comes back to Level-5 Stadium.
Should he play then the team should need no reminding not to be giving away too many set pieces around the area.
Tokushima 0 – 2 Avispa
I’ll be positive this week and think we can bounce back from Sunday and make a statement that we should have won that game.
I expect some support for Tsutsumi at the game as he’s had his best spell at the club this season and was devestated about how things turned out last week.