Avispa Fukuoka got off to a terrific start to their 2023 season, going six unbeaten at one point to climb as high as third in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League table, but two matches without a win have dropped them down to sixth place.
Meanwhile, Kawasaki Frontale have never really found their stride. They’ve won just two matches, have never climbed above eight in the table and currently sit all the way down in 15th. That’s a shocking position for a club that has won four of the last six titles.
Their relative skids put pressure on both teams to pick up full points this weekend when they meet on Saturday at 5 pm JST in a match that will be streamed live on the J.League International YouTube channel.
For Avi, it’s just about finding the form from a few weeks ago. The excellent defense that defined the early part of the season has faltered, conceding five goals in the last two contests after allowing just five total in their first seven matches. The team know there is a great defense in there, though, and if they can regain the quality they showed not too long ago then an assault on the top three places is back on.
Things are more complicated at Frontale, where they’ve struggled all over the pitch, but part of that has been the result of injuries that are beginning to heal and get them closer to full strength. There is also simply too much quality and experience in the team for Toru Oniki’s men to roll over. They are going to go on a run soon and climb the table, it’s just a question of when.
The J.League announced that up to four matches will be streamed live each week for the 2023 season, bringing one of Asia’s top league’s to fans around the world. The streams will be free to view on the J.League International YouTube channel in any country that does not have an existing rights agreement.