vs. Kyoto Sanga (preview)   2 comments

The first game of the 2015 season is just a few hours away and it is the chance to see how another set of new players arriving at the club have settled in during the off-season; except this time it isn’t a whole new set of players.
The team now looks very similar in shape and personnel to what it did 3 years ago. Of the players who weren’t here during that awful season we have old-boys from even further back as Hokuto Nakamura also returns to the club.

Is it going to be an inspired choice to bring back a bunch of guys who ‘may’ want to fight for the club, or a disaster as a bunch of guys who failed to get us promotion before fail to get us promotion again (and drain the club of money in the process for a second time).

Avispa News

I really hope that the experiment with 442 against FC Tokyo showed that it isn’t going to work with these players, unfortunatey I think that Ihara is so entrenched in this formation which he played in for 100 plus national team games and a 15 year J1 career that we are going to see it again.

I think there will be a couple of change as Hokuto comes in at right-back after not being risked with his dodgy injury record against Tokyo. I also really hope that Nakahara (Taka) starts.
The only way that we have any chance with 442 (and probably in any of the other formations available) is with a target man who is able to lead the line and knock balls down for the technical players from forward positions. We haven’t had one of these since Jumbo, and it is no real surprise that we haven’t had a decent season since Jumbo (when we won promotion to J1!).

I would also bring the other Nakahara into midfield just to offer some contrast. Sueyoshi and Suzuki Jun can’t play together, however much they think they can. They are too similar as players, and want to fulfil the same role; it means they can sporadically work well together (much like Gerrard and Lampard for England) but generally are trying to occupy the same position and role on the pitch.
I don’t think Shuto is the long term solution, but I do think he offers a foil to their long shooting, diagonal ball playing role.

I’d also have Lee Kwang Seon starting instead of Tsutsumi, but that just isn’t going to happen.

Team I expect:

………………Nakahara…….Sakata…………..

Kanemori…………………………………………Jogo

………………..Sueyoshi……. Suzuki………….

Kamemawa……..Tsutsumi…..Hamada……Hokuto

……………………….Kamiyama………………………

Team I want to see:

……………………..Nakahara………………….

Kanemori………..Sakata………………Jogo

……………..Sueyoshi………Nakahara………..

Kamekawa……..Seon….Hamada……..Hokuto

…………………Kamiyama…………………….

Kyoto News.

Kyoto are one of the strongest teams in the division, and shouldn’t be anywhere other than somewhere around the top of J1.

They have the name of one of Japan’s most famous cities, and possibly the richest owners in the League (albeit owners who don’t really have an inclination to spend much of their money).
They have had star young players come through (but lost most of them), and in Oguro have one of the most famous strikers in J2. He will always score 15+ goals in a season at this level, but the rest of the team seem very fragile and are liable to lose against anyone in the division on any given day.

Riki Harakawa returns to the club from a decent season at Ehime last year and will try to establish himself as the creative spark for Kyoto to build their team around this season.

Bajalica is their best defender, and poses good aerial qualities in both defence and attack and is why I would be starting Lee Kwang Seon in this game as Tsutsumi will get bullied by him if given the chance.

My Prediction

Avispa 0 : 2 Kyoto

An opening day defeat for Avispa I fear. Kyoto are always a decent team, if not spectacular and I just don’t think lessons have been learned for this Avispa team.
Maybe I’ll be surprised, but I think the 442 we will play with a failed central partnership, in front of a new back 4 and a dodgy keeper doesn’t represent good news.

Posted March 8, 2015 by avispafukuoka in Uncategorized

2 responses to “vs. Kyoto Sanga (preview)

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  1. Good luck today! Kyoto look good, but I hope Avispa can cause an upset!

  2. It was an awful match overall, in front of a huge crowd. Hopefully it was so bad that there will be an understanding that it wasn’t good enough from pretty much all the players.

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