5th game of the season and Avispa are playing a team they have already faced this season, albeit in a pre-season friendly.
On that day Consadole ended up winning 2-1 after getting 2 dodgy penalties, including one in the last minute. After being drawn into one last week we need to be very aware that they may be playing to get a few more.
I thought we looked the better team on that day despite losing, and should be looking to get a win to get the season back on track. Consadole came down from J1 last season, but this is the easiest game of the season so far in my opinion.
There will less emphasis on a battle of formations than last week (a battle which we lost against Tokushima) as Sapporo are likely to be playing with a 451 similar to ours.
The team will be changed from last week with Tsutsumi coming back from suspension into defence. He will take Tokio’s place in central defence, although I think Tokio did better than Kazuki last week and stopped a couple of clear goals in the 2nd half with intelligent defending.
I am still hopeful that Min Je will come in as someone who will help defensively and in attack from left-back, but this would mean Okada moves into midfield. After a good debut Park looked like games from the bench might be a good idea, and it was with Okada in midfield when we won both our games this season. I’d put him as anchor with Funayama and Kanakubo ahead.
Nishida and sakata both did well after coming on last week, but I think there is only room for one of them in the starting line-up, with Ishizu and Jogo being obvious starters.
I want to see us using the width of the pitch in the final third than last week to try to make more space for the other 2 prongs of the attacking trident, and Kanakubo hitting the box late. This plan needs Miyamoto and Min Je, Okada doesn’t have the confidence in the position to get up and down all game.
Consadole had a very good first week, beating JEF, but have lost all their games since then and are having a bit of a defensive crisis.
Their young defensive star Nara should be back, but along side him are similarly aged young defenders but not of the same standard.
There Korean defender with long hair looked good in the air in the training match, but apart from that we should have chances.
They would usually be playing with target man Tele up front, but he has been absent recently with a shoulder injury. he might be back, but isn’t someone I would worry about too much, he isn’t a very mobile defender and Kazuki could hopefully deal with his height.
Replacing him would be the unlikely figure of Shunsuke Maeda. He never really looks like a professional footballer to me, and his stats as a striker suggest he isn’t that likely to score as a lone striker.
Avispa 2 – 0 Consadole Sapporo
The game will be won in midfield, and whether we can get the ball and move it out to the attacking wide players.
We will hopefully have more presence in the middle than last week, and have been working on getting the ball to the front players in the right places.