Preview for some of the exciting bouts to see in Day 5 of the January 2012 basho!
Yokozuna (East): Hakuho (4-0) Vs Komosubi (East): Miyabiyama (0-4)
Miyabiyama hasn’t beaten Hakuho since 2006 back when Hakuho was an ozeki. Since then Hakuho has dominate Miyabiyama winning their last 13 matches.
Sekiwake (East): Kakuryu (4-0) Vs Ozeki (West): Kisenosato (3-1)
Kakuryu is having a great basho going undefeated so far. Unfortunately he now has to face a man he has had quite a bit of trouble beating. Kisenosato, who is having a great basho as well for his first Ozeki basho, has defeated Kakuryu 14 out of 21 times they have matched up, winning 5 of their last 6 clashes. If Kakuryu can get passed Kisenosato who knows how far he can go this basho.
Maegashira 15 (East): Asasekiryu (4-0) Vs Maegashira 13 (West): Tenkaiho (3-1)
The only other bout of the day that places top record rikishi against each other. Asasekiryu is having one of the best bashos of his career. History shows that when Asasekiryu starts out with 4 straight wins he at least ends with a kachikoshi (winning record). IF he can get that fifth staright win, he has made it as far as the playoffs for the yusho (the two times he’s gone at least five straight in his career). Thus this match is pivitol for Asasekiryu. Tenkaiho s competing in his first Makuuchi basho and is showing great abilities, lets see if he can keep it up.
Ozeki (East): Baruto (4-0) Vs Maegashira 1 (East): Takekaze (1-3)
Suprisingly Baruto has had some problems with Takekaze. Overall Baruto is only 5-3 against Takekaze, having won their last three fights. This early in the basho is the perfect time for the young Ozeki to slip up, which is good for Takekaze, but bad for Baruto.
Maegashira 2 (West): Goeido (0-4) Vs Ozeki (West): Kotoshogiku (2-2)
Goeido is having a horrible basho, still looking for his first win. Suprisingly he could get it against Kotoshogiku. Both are nearly neck to neck in their head to head record with Goeido having the slight advantage 8-7. Kotoshogiku has won the last three and would definitely be looking for a win so as to not slip down in ranking as an Ozeki. This is a very important match for BOTH rikishi.
Ozeki (East): Kotooshu (4-0) Vs Maegashira 2 (East): Okinoumi (0-4)
Another young prospect having a horrible basho is Okinoumi. He could also get his first win here as he actually has the edge over the Ozeki in their head to head having beaten Kotooshu 3 out of the four times they have faced each other. The Ozeki did win their last fight with each other BUT with Okinoumi desperately looking for a win, he may pull out all the stops to topple the Ozeki once again.