Tomorrow marks the beginning for Verdy as they take on Thespa Kusatsu, a team who is a mystery.
Keys to the game
1. Get to Honda early- Thespa's new keeper has been in the league for 11 years but only racked up 39 games in his career. If Verdy can get on the board early, it could dent the hopes of a young team and a rusty keeper.
2. Control the spine- Togawa, Tsuchiya, Ze Luis, and Nanami have to win the battle in the middle in order to get a result. NO SLOPPY BACKPASSING!
3. Keep the pressure on- If Verdy doesn't take this team seriously, it could be a very long day. Verdy cannot take anyone lightly............If Verdy gets up by 5.......go for 6. Don't dither......ATTACK!
Around the League
Kyoto and Vegalta made the first statements of the new year with victories in tough matches. Kyoto won their home opener against Toshiya Miura and Consadole Sapporo 2-0 on goals by Andre and Paulinho. Meanwhile, Vegalta came back after being down 1-0 from an Adiel goal and won 2-1 in Shonan. An own goal and a second half deposit from FW Yuki Nakashima help propel the Sendai side to their first victory. Finally, Tokushima Vortis did an about face and beat Ehime FC 2-1.
14 and a half hours till game time!