J.League 1 2017 Season Preview – Consadole Sapporo

CONSADOLE SAPPORO

Consadole had a fantastic last season, and ended up winning J2 despite not being seen as much of a contender.  Coach Yomoda have really done wonders with the players, and created a defensively strong team with a big work-rate.

They haven’t made too many changes since last year, and among the regular starters only MF Horigome and MF Uesato have left.  The players brought in all got a lot of J1-experience, but at first sight doesn’t seem like any major improvements over the players they already got.

They got a rather old squad, with an average age of 27,6, but there are still a lot of younger, up-and-coming players as well to keep a look out for.  Horigome, Arano, Fukai and the impressive Korean GK Gu particularly.  I think Consadole will do better than when they were up last time (2012), as they seem better prepared now, but it will still most likely be a fight to avoid relegation.

Last season:

1st place (J2)

Predicted Finish: 4th – 8th ( J2)

Average Goals Per Game 2016:
Home:    2,95 (2,14 – 0,81)
Away:     1,71 (0,95 – 0,76)
Overall:  2,33 (1,55 – 0,79)

Manager:

Shuhei Yomoda (3rd  season)

Transfers In:

DF Y.Tanaka (R)
DF T.Yokoyama (R)
MF Kim Min Tae (R)
MF S.Hyodo (S/R)
AM R.Hayasaka (S/R)
FW H.Kanazono (S/R)

Transfers Out:

DF K.Kushibiki (S/R)
MF Y.Horigome (R)
MF K.Uesato (R)

(K = Key player,  I = Important Player, R = Regular Starter, S = Squad Player, K/I = Key/Important etc)

Expected Starting Lineup 2017:

  • 3-4-2-1:
  • Gu
  • Kikuchi – Yokoyama – Fukumori (I)
  • Macedo – Kim – Miyazawa (I) – Tanaka
  • Reis – Julinho
  • Tokura (I)

Points Breakdown:
Defence:
6,5p
Midfield:
5p
Attack:
6p

Overall:  17,5/30p

Prediction:   13th – 16th 

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