Two-thirds of the way through the J1 campaign and there's just time here at GGOA Towers to take a quick look at some statistics to compare the Squirrels' performance this season with their three previous years in the top flight. In fact, 2008 is proving to be Ardija's best showing to date in terms of points accrued and position in the standings.
With three wins in the last four matches, Yasuhiro Higuchi's team have given themselves an excellent chance of avoiding the relegation zone, the addition of Klemen Lavric adding an extra dimension to the squad at a crucial time.
The current standings would seem to suggest that it may be that a side scoring as many as 38 or even 40 points may yet end up in 16th position. But with only eleven matches remaining, Omiya are on course for the top ten finish that was set as a target for Higuchi at the start of the year.