J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima

SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA

Hiroshima had a nightmare of a season last year and were in the end only a point shy of being relegated. They have made some changes ahead of this season and have tried to clean up their squad as well as hiring a new manager in Jofuku.

I’m not convinced they have what it takes to fight for a place on the upper half of the table, as the squad looks a bit too thin without players to tip matches into their favour.   Up front they now got 4 pretty decent strikers in Dangda, Kudo, Patric and Watari, but with their current formation only one of them get to start, and none of them is the type of striker that can guarantee 15+ goals a season.

They have gotten rid of several players in defence and midfield, and looks weaker there overall although none of the players that have left were considered key-members.  Should be good enough to avoid relegation, but somewhere on the lower end of the table seems likely.

Last season:

15th place

Predicted Finish: 4th – 8th place
Transfers In:

DF Wada (R)
DF Mawatari (S/R)
MF Yoshino (S/R)
AM Kawabe (R)
FW Teerasil Dangda (R)

FW Watari (S/R)

Transfers Out:

DF Mukuhara (S/R)
MF Mikic (R)
MF Marutani (S/R)
MF Chajima (S/R)
FW Anderson Lopes (I)
FW Minagawa (S/R)
MF Miyayoshi (S/R)

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

Starting Lineup:

  • 4-2-3-1:
  • Hayashi
  • Wada – Mizumoto – Chiba – Takahashi
  • Aoyama (K) – Inagaki
  • Felipe – Kawabe – Kashiwa (I)
  • Teerasil Dangda


Points Breakdown:

Defence:
6p
Midfield:
7p
Attack:
6p

Overall:  19/30p

Prediction:  11th – 15th place

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