Preview: Avispa Fukuoka vs. Nagoya Grampus

Avispa Fukuoka will be squaring off against Nagoya Grampus in the YBC Levain Cup in Japan on October 11.

Just 25 days after their J League face-off where Avispa Fukuoka emerged victoriously with a 1-0 score, they’re set to meet Nagoya Grampus (often dubbed as Nagoya, Nagoya Grampas, and Nagoya Grampus Eight). Though Avispa Fukuoka suffered a recent setback against Kawasaki Frontale, there’s optimism surrounding them, given their strong defensive showings in recent home games, boasting 3 consecutive clean sheets.

On the flip side, Nagoya Grampus comes into this after a defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J League on September 30, making it their third game without a win. Their defense remains a concern, having allowed goals in 10 straight away fixtures.

Form Insights

Avispa Fukuoka’s last match was a loss to Kawasaki Frontale, while Nagoya Grampus faced defeat against Sanfrecce Hiroshima. In their last 20 outings, Avispa Fukuoka has clinched 14 victories, endured 5 losses, and settled for a draw once. Meanwhile, Nagoya Grampus secured 8 wins, faced 8 losses, and drew 4 times.

In their latest six clashes, Avispa Fukuoka achieved 3 victories, including triumphs against Kashiwa Reysol, Nagoya Grampus, and F.C.Tokyo, suffered 2 defeats and played out a draw. On the other hand, Nagoya Grampus celebrated a single win, faced 2 losses, and had 3 draws in their last six.

Team Updates

Avispa Fukuoka

For Avispa Fukuoka’s coach Shigetoshi Hasebe, Lukian, Seiya Inoue, and Ryoga Sato will be sidelined due to injuries.

Nagoya Grampus

Kenta Hasegawa, the manager for Nagoya Grampus, faces some selection dilemmas with Noriyoshi Sakai and Takuji Yonemoto both unavailable.

Past Encounters

Since February 2021, Avispa Fukuoka and Nagoya Grampus have crossed paths 6 times. Avispa Fukuoka managed a single win, while Nagoya Grampus claimed victory 5 times. Their last encounter was in the J-League on September 16, 2023, where Avispa Fukuoka won 1-0. Across these matches, Avispa Fukuoka netted 5 goals, and Nagoya Grampus recorded 9.

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