It is quite hard to know what team is going to come out against Yamaga. We had what was on paper a bad result against bottom club Gainare last week when we needed to equalise with 10 men, but the 2nd half performance showed heart and fight which if carried into this game would mean we could get a result.
As bad as our result was last week Yamaga lost 7-0 against Kobe and are probably equally eager to get a good result.
Matsumoto still stand an outside chance of sneaking into the play-offs, while realistically Avispa are just playing for pride. A top half finish would be a good result after the season we have had, and winning at Yamaga tomorrow would put us on course to do that.
The game last weekend had good performances from the 3 substitutes who came on (Omata, Ushinohama and Nishida), of those 3 I expect that Omata could keep his place if fit with Tsutsumi moving back into the middle to play alongside Park. Those 2 have been our best defensive 2, and with Koga going off in the first half last week I can’t see him playing again.
Nishida is now suspended and Taku will likely get some time from the bench again.
Oh has done ok at right back and should stay there, with Mishima ahead of him giving the team 2 players who can cover the pitch, and with Mishima’s time at right-back he has added a decent level of defensive understanding to his game.
The midfield will stay with Nakahara playing as ‘conductor’, and Kanakubo trying to hit the penalty box late, but needs Kanakubo to do more when he doesn’t have the ball. The 3rd man is still a problem, but will likely remain as Funayama who will be having something of a family occasion as he faces his brother and may be able to raise his game.
Ishizu plays on the left, Sakata to come back in as central striker. We really missed him in the last game, he does a lot to hold the ball up and tries to win it back. Punosevac is suspended, as is Kanemori.
The bench may be hard to fill. Jang and Hatamoto are likely to be on it and if the game is won or lost with 30 minutes to play it’d be nice to see them get a 1st team game.
Funayama’s brother is one of Yamaga’s better players, but was missing from their game against Kobe last weekend. I don’t know if that was through injury, but he definitely isn’t suspended for the game.
If he doesn’t play then he will be replaced by one of the 2 Brazilians at the club who’d I’d like to see Park or Tsutsumi give an early kick.
Elsewhere they don’t have any real standout players, but can always rely upon a large fan base to encourage them to get out of their current run of bad form.
Matsumoto Yamaga 1 : 1 Avispa Fukuoka
A result which doesn’t really suit either team, and will depend on which team can pick themselves up better fro last week.