Thespa’s only concern is that MF Kumabayashi are still out with suspension. Regarded as one of Thespa’s better players, he will be missed. Cerezo are missing DF Omata and Ezoe still, as well as Ale in midfield. New to the list is FW Komatsu, who got injured last round. Komatsu is Cerezo’s topscorer, but is only the 2nd choice up front now behind Kaio. Cerezo plays a 3-6-1 kind of formation now, with 3 central defenders and only a single striker. The speedy and technically midfielders Kagawa and Inui are just behind Kaio up front though, which means they got a pretty strong attack still.
Thespa only got 1-4-5 on the last 10, and looks to be in quite poor form at the moment. They’ve lost 4 of the last 5 matches as well. At home they haven’t been too bad, with 2-3-1 on the last 6. Cerezo got 2 straight wins now, and are desperate for another 3-pointer here to keep their promotion-hopes alive. They’ve won 3 of the last 4, and looks to be in quite good form at the moment, playing some very effective football. Away they got 3-2-1 on the last 6. All previous meetings gives us 1-1-4, and earlier this season Cerezo won 3-1 away, while Thespa won 2-1 in Osaka.
Cerezo are big favorites, and should normally beat Thespa without too many problems. However, last year in a similar match near the end of the season, Cerezo only managed a 2-2 draw which ended their hopes of promotion back then. It might be a similar story here, but Cerezo looks quite strong at the moment, and although Thespa plays some good football at times, they meet a much better team here. Come on Cerezo!