The J2 League fixture at Ajinomoto Stadium on Wednesday sees home side Tokyo Verdy play against Avispa Fukuoka.
Our Tokyo Verdy v Avispa Fukuoka predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Tokyo Verdy will be looking for another win after a 2-1 J2 League victory vs Renofa Yamaguchi.
The only scorer from Tokyo Verdy was Jin Hanato (19', 83'). Kazuma Takai (53') scored for Renofa Yamaguchi.
Matches featuring Tokyo Verdy have usually been lively affairs of late with plenty of scoring being a common characteristic. Over their past half dozen games, a total of 20 goals have flown in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 12 of those belonging to Tokyo Verdy. It will be interesting to see whether or not that trend can be continued on here.
In their previous fixture, Avispa Fukuoka drew 1-1 in the J2 League match with Montedio Yamagata.
The only player to score from Avispa Fukuoka was Koki Kido (68'). Vinícius (12') scored for Montedio Yamagata.
In the course of their 6 previous matches, Shigetoshi Hasebe's Avispa Fukuoka have had reason to celebrate scoring a total of 7 times, yielding them the goals per game average of 1.17.
Their previous form shows that Avispa Fukuoka:
- are winless against Tokyo Verdy when they've played them away from home in the last 4 league matches. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels stretching back to 26/11/2017, there has been little to separate the clubs with Tokyo Verdy winning 2 of those games, Avispa Fukuoka 2 and 2 being draws in normal time.
A combined sum of 14 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 7 of them for Tokyo Verdy and 7 netted by Avispa. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
The last league contest between these clubs was J2 League match day 11 on 12/08/2020 and the score finished Avispa Fukuoka 1-3 Tokyo Verdy.
Team News: Tokyo Verdy
Tokyo Verdy manager Hideki Nagai will be happy not to have any fitness concerns at all coming into this match owing to a fully healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Avispa Fukuoka
Owing to a fully healthy squad to choose from, Avispa Fukuoka manager Shigetoshi Hasebe has no fitness concerns to report before this clash.
Our thinking is that Avispa Fukuoka and Tokyo Verdy should both be able to score here although it’s hard to pick a clear winner.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. That’s why our selection here is for a very close game with a 1-1 draw at the end of this one.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium (48,999)
Captain: Naoya Kondo
Chairman: Hideyuki Hanyu
Manager: Hideki Nagai
Competitions: J2 League position 8
🔑 Key Man: Yūhei Satō
Usually used in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Yūhei Satō was born in Japan. Having played his first senior match for Yokohama F. Marinos in the 2013 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has bagged 7 league goals in this J2 League 2020 campaign to date in a total of 33 appearances.