J.League 1 2017 Season Preview – Sanfrecce Hiroshima

SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA

Hiroshima have kept most of their players from last season, with only veteran FW Sato having left. There is still some uncertain whether or not their topscorer last year Utaka will stay or not, but if he stay, then obviously that will make them an even stronger outfit.

They had a somewhat poor 2016-season, and finished in a disappointing 6th place. They also did poor in the other tournaments, and were for example knocked out of the group stage of the ACL. They’ve signed former Reysol-striker Kudo as replacement for Sato (and/or Utaka), and he should be a nice addition. Anderson Lopes, who arrived late last season, should also strengthen their attack, but other than that it is more or less exactly the same players as before.

That might not be a bad thing though, but I don’t think Hiroshima have the quality to challenge for the title, atleast not if Utaka leaves.  A finish just below the best seems more likely.

Last season:

6th place ( Stage 1: 4th  / Stage 2: 10th )

Predicted Finish: 1st – 4th  place

Average Goals Per Game 2016:
Home:       2,76 (1,71 – 1,06)
Away:        3,00 (1,71 – 1,29)
Overall:     2,88 (1,71 – 1,78)

Manager:

Hajime Moriyasu (6th season)

Transfers In:

GK H.Nakabayashi (S/R)
MF S.Inagaki (S/R)
AM Felipe (S/R)
FW M.Kudo (R/I)

Transfers Out:

MF Koji Morisaki (S/R)
MF K.Miyahara (S/R)
FW H.Sato (R)

(FW Peter Utaka (K) yet to be confirmed if will stay or not)

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

Starting Lineup:

  • 3-4-2-1:
  • Hayashi
  • Shiotani – Chiba – Nokami
  • Mikic- Aoyama(K) – Marutani – Kashiwa
  • Anderson Lopes (K)- Shibasaki
  • Kudo (Or Utaka)


Points Breakdown:

Defence:
7,5p
Midfield:
7,5p
Attack:
7,5p

Overall:  22,5/30p

Prediction:  4th – 8th

 

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