Ventforet Kofu – Gamba Osaka:
Predicted Starting Lineup Kofu:
17Tsuda – 41Tsuchiya – 4Yamamoto
16Matsuhashi – 8Arai – 20Kurogi – 5Shinzato
23Inagaki – 10Cristiano (K)
MF Gilton (R)
MF Ishihara (S/R)
Predicted Starting Lineup Gamba:
4Fujiharu – 15Konno – 6Kim – 14Yonekura
21Ideguchi – 7Endo (K)
39Usami (K) – 25Fujimoto – 9Ademilson
DF Niwa (R)
DF Iwashita (R)
MF Kurata (R)
FW Patric (R)
Nice win for Kofu in their opener away vs Kobe, but tend to struggle more against good teams. Also had a very bad home-record last season, and only won 1 out of their last 11 home-games last season.
Gamba have already played 4 competitive matches this season, but failed to win any of them. Had to settle for a draw at home vs M Victory in ACL midweek, and have lost both their 2 matches against Japanese teams. Need a win here to get their season running, but varied a lot away last season. Should still be a rather clear favorite here though, and expect them to rotate some of their players as well like last round. Tricky total as it is under vs over.
Prediction: 1-2 or 0-2
My odds: +0,25 @ 2,01 / Over 2,5 @ 2,04
Market price: +0,5 @ 1,91 / Over 2,25 @ 2,09
Kofu 1×2 @ 4,20 ( 1 unit)
Over 2 @ 1,77 ( 2,5 units)
Urawa Reds – Jubilo Iwata:
Predicted Starting Lineup Urawa:
45Moriwaki – 6Endo – 5Makino(I)
3Ugajin –22Abe – 10Kashiwagi(I) – 24Sekine
20Lee – 9Muto (I)
Predicted Starting Lineup Iwata:
2Nakamura – 3Oi(I) – 35Morishita – 5Sakurauchi
13Miyazaki – 7Ueda
15Adailton (K) – 4Kobayashi – 9Ota
Urawa off to a good start both in the ACL and the league, but lost 1—0 away to Pohang Steelers in ACL midweek. Used a weakened squad though, and left 5 regulars home in Japan.
Iwata lost their opening match 0-1 at home vs Nagoya, and I expect an even tougher match for them here. They got a very good attack, and their ace FW Jay will be back in action for them here. But will be very surprised if Urawa doesn’t end up with all 3 points.
My odds: -1@ 2,01 / Over 3 @ 1,94
Market Price: Urawa -1,25 @ 1,98 / Over 3 @ 2,05
Over 3 @ 2,05 ( 2,5 units)
Nagoya Grampus – Sanfrecce Hiroshima:
Predicted Starting Lineup Nagoya:
19Yano – 2Takeuchi – 3Öhman – 33Yasuda
15Lee – 7Taguchi (I)
6Kobayashi – 20Yada – 11Nagai (I)
Predicted Starting Lineup Hiroshima:
5Chiba – 33Shiotani – 19Sasaki
14Mikic – 6Aoyama(I) – 28Moritani – 18Kashiwa
25Chashima – 30Shibasaki
MF Ka.Morisaki (R)
Nice win for Nagoya in their opening match, and their new Swedish FW Simovic showed he will be a very tough player to stop if used correctly this season.
Hiroshima with 3 straight losses now, and their good performance in the Supercup-final a 2 weeks earlier already seems like a very long time ago- Lost 1-4 in Korea in ACL midweek, but fielded a weakened squad.
They are unbeaten for 17 straight away-matches in J.League though, and their last loss came in their first away-match last season which incidentally was against Nagoya. With such a strong away-record I got to back them here as well though, but shouldn’t underestimate Nagoya. Think we will see some goals.
Prediction: 1-2 or 2-2
My odds: +0,25 @ 2,00 / Over 2,5 @ 1,89
Market Price: +0,25 @ 1,95 / Over 2,5 @1,91
Vegalta Sendai – FC Tokyo:
Predicted Starting Lineup Vegalta:
27Oiwa – 13Hiraoka – 3Watanabe – 5Ishikawa
7Okuno – 10Ryang (I) – 17Tomita – 26Fujimura
9Wilson (I) – 14Kanakubo
AM Ramon Lopes (R)
Predicted Starting Lineup Tokyo:
2Tokunaga – 3Morishige (I) – 5Maruyama – 25Ogawa
38Higashi – 10Kajiyama – 7Yonemoto (I) – 48Mizunuma
20Maeda (I) – 44Abe
DF Komano (R)
MF Ha (R)
MF Ishikawa (S/R)
Great win for Vegalta in R1, as they beat Marinos 1-0 away. That was one of the biggest surprises last round, along with Tokyo’s home-defeat against Omiya.
Vegalta had a rather poor home-record last season, and oculd be in for a struggle here I think. Tokyo will be looking for 3 points as they lost their opening match, and are a pretty strong away-team. Rate them as a much better side than Vegalta overall too, and expect them to atleast get away with a result here. Slight under-pref, but don’t’ trust either teams this early in the season.
Prediction: 0-1 or 1-1
My odds: +0,25 @ 1,99 / Over 2,5 @ 2,09
Market Price: DNB @2,07 / Over 2,25 @ 1,88
FC Tokyo DNB @1,85 ( 5 units)