Preview: Kawasaki Frontale vs. Avispa Fukuoka

Kawasaki Frontale square off against Avispa Fukuoka in the J-League of Japan on October 20, with the game starting at 10:00 UTC.

Coming back together just 12 days after their Emperor Cup clash, which Kawasaki Frontale clinched with a 4-2 win, Kawasaki is in fine form at present. Their recent wins against Avispa Fukuoka and Ulsan make them eager to lengthen their winning sequence by besting Avispa Fukuoka once more.

Avispa Fukuoka also enter this game in high spirits, having won their last two fixtures against Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Current Performance

Both teams are on winning runs: Kawasaki Frontale have triumphed over Avispa Fukuoka and Ulsan in their last two outings, while Avispa Fukuoka have beaten Nagoya Grampus Eight twice in succession. In terms of their last 20 games, Kawasaki Frontale have 10 wins, 7 losses, and 3 draws, whereas Avispa Fukuoka boast 14 wins, 5 losses, and a single draw.

In their latest 6 matches, Kawasaki Frontale emerged victorious 5 times, losing just once. They secured wins against Avispa Fukuoka on October 8, Ulsan on October 3, Shonan Bellmare on September 24, Johor Darul T on September 19, and F.C. Tokyo on September 15. Their sole loss was against Albirex Niigata on September 29.

On the other side, Avispa Fukuoka have 4 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw in their last 6 matches. They defeated Nagoya Grampus Eight on both October 15 and October 11, alongside wins against Kashiwa Reysol on September 23, and another against Nagoya Grampus Eight on September 16. They suffered a loss to Kawasaki Frontale on October 8 and drew against Kashima Antlers on September 30.

Squad Updates

Kawasaki Frontale

For Kawasaki Frontale, coach Tōru Oniki will have to manage without Shintaro Kurumaya, who has a broken tibia, Jesiel with meniscus damage, Ryota Oshima with a calf strain, and Asahi Sasaki who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Avispa Fukuoka

Avispa Fukuoka’s coach Shigetoshi Hasebe also faces fitness worries within the squad. Players unavailable for selection include Seiya Inoue with a forearm fracture, Lukian with a hamstring injury, and Ryoga Sato with a cruciate ligament injury.

Historical Encounters

Kawasaki Frontale and Avispa Fukuoka have squared off 6 times since April 2021. Kawasaki Frontale have a clear edge, having won 5 of these meetings while Avispa Fukuoka managed a single victory. Their latest encounter was on October 8, 2023, in the Emperor Cup, which Kawasaki Frontale won 4-2. In these 6 face-offs, Kawasaki Frontale have netted a total of 16 goals, compared to Avispa Fukuoka’s 6.

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