Consadole Sapporo – Cerezo Osaka:
Consadole are off to a decent start to the season and find themselves in 4th place on the table. Have managed strong results vs good teams as well, and look like a team that should be able to challenge for atleast playoff this season.
Cerezo are the only team that are still unbeaten, but came close last round as they needed a last-minute goal to save a draw at home vs Giravanz. Looked good playsise as well, maybe even more away than home where they have won all 4 matches without conceding any goals.
Have to have Cerezo as a favorite here as well as it should be a clear gap in quality, but still think Consadole got a decent chance at getting away with a point atleast. Tricky total, but leaning towards under.
Prediction: 1-1 or 0-1
My odds: +0,25 @ 1,92 / Over 2 @ 1,82
Market Price: +0,25 @1,89 / Over 2 @ 1,90
Over 2 @ 1,90 ( 2,5 units)
Machida Zelvia – V-Varen Nagasaki:
Machida are the biggest positive surprise so far, and are in 2nd place with 5-2-1 overall. Only lost against Cerezo, which was in R1, and they have looked strong playwise too.
Nagasaki find themselves in the other end of the table with just 1 win so far and only 5 goals scored from 7 matches. Likely to be in for a tough game here as well, and think Machida will continue on their good run and get another strong result. However, Nagasaki are unbeaten away with 1-3-0, so could easily end a draw as well.
Prediction: 1-0 or 1-1
MY odds: -0,25 @ 1,91 / Over 2 @ 1,96
Market Price: -0,25 @ 2,01 / Over 2 @ 2,05
Renofa Yamaguchi – JEF United:
Renoda with an OK start so far, and seems to have managed to adapt to life in J2 pretty easily with 3-3-2 from 8 matches.
JEF are picking up a decent amount of points, and find themselves on a joint 4th place, but are not really impressing anyone with how they are playing. They have lost 2 out of 3 matches away as well, and could actually be in for a tough match here.
Still rate them as a favorite, but not ruling out a draw. Think we could see some goals in this one actually.
Prediction: 1-2 or 1-1
My odds: +0,25 @ 1,80 / Over 2,25 @ 1,99
Market Price: Dnb @ 2,02 / Over 2,25 @ 2,06
Over 2 @ 1,75 (2,5 units )
Tokyo Verdy – Mito Hollyhock:
Tokyo V have looked fairly average so far, with just 2 wins from their opening 8 matches. Got 3 straight draws, and their main problem seems to be scoring goals with just 5 goals so far.
Mito are even worse though, and looks like one of the weaker teams in the league at the moment. Won 1-0 at home vs Thespa a few rounds ago, but other than that they have been very poor.
Think Tokyo V got a good chance at getting back on track here with a win, but don’t expect too many goals in this one.
Prediction: 1-0 or 2-0
My odds: -0,25 @ 1,82 / Over 2 @ 2,07
Market Price: DNB @ 1,82 / Over 2 @ 2,08
Tokyo Verdy DNB @ 1,82 ( 5 units)
Zweigen Kanazawa – FC Gifu:
Zweigen are without a win from their opening 7 matches, and find themselves in last place of the table. Looked very uninspiring in most of their matches, and struggled a lot defensively.
Gifu seems to be going on streaks this season, as they first played 2 horrible poor matches where they lost both 0-4, before winning 4 in a row just to suffer 2 new straight defeats now. Tricky team to predict in other words, but should have decent chances at getting back on track here vs a poor Zweigen-side.
Don’t really trust them though, and Zweigen are bound to improve sooner or later as they do have quality in their team. Think we’ll see a high-scoring match here though!
Prediction: 1-2 or 2-2
My odds: DNB @ 2,06 / Over 2,5 @ 1,88
Market Price: DNB @1,78 / Over 2,25 @ 2,08
Over 2 @ 1,76 (7,5 units)
Kyoto Sanga – Tokushima Vortis:
Kyoto finally seem to have gotten their season started with 2 straight wins now. They looked really poor earlier in the season, but might seem to have turned it around now.
Tokushima on the other hand have been a disaster for most of this season, with just 1 win from 8 matches. Conceded 12 goals, which is the 2nd most in the league. With Kyoto having improved I think Tokushima could be in for a struggle here then, and expect a home win. Should be goals in this one too.
Prediction: 2-0 or 2-1
My odds: -0,25 @ 1,82 / Over 2,25 @ 1,99
Market Price: -0,5 @ 2,01 / Over 2 @ 1,86
Over 2 @ 1,86 ( 2,5 units)
Ehime FC – Kamatamare Sanuki:
Ehime have only suffered 1 loss so far, and have now 2 straight wins so have overall had a decent start despite the many drawn matches. Looked overall pretty solid, except for in the 0-3 home-loss vs Gifu a few rounds ago which was strange.
Kamatamare are all the way up in 5th, which is a lot higher than expected. Scored lots of goals ( and also conceded many), and have a pretty decent attack this season that should give them some points. Did well to earn a point away vs Shimizu last round, and can easily get away with something here as well I think.
Expect a fast-paced game with goals in it, most likely at both ends.
Prediction: 1-1 or or 2-1
My odds: DNB @ 1,89 / Over 2,25 @ 2,04
Market Price: -0,5 @ 2,06 / Over 2 @ 1,95
Kamatamare Sanuki +0,5 @ 1,80 (5 units)
Over 2 @ 1,96 (5 units)
Giravanz Kitakyushu – Shimizu S-Pulse:
Giravanz have had a nightmare season so far, with just 1 win which came in R1. Were tipped to a be a contender for a top 6 finish, but look more like a relegation-candidate for now.
Shimizu havent been as good as expected with only 3-3-2 so far, but it is at home they have been disappointing as they have won all 3 away-matches so far. Like many other big teams in J2, they seem to prefer playing away as it means less pressure to win, and I have them as a pretty big favorite here. Think we’ll see some goals as well.
My odds: +0,5 @ 1,84 / Over 2,25 @ 2,09
Market Price: +0,75 @ 1,82 / Over 2,25 @ 1,98
Matsumoto Yamaga – ThespaKusatsu Gunma:
Matsumoto seems to have found their form now after a slightly sluggish start to their season. Got 2 straight wins, ad should have decent chances at 3 new points here.
Thespa havent looked like much, and with just 0-1-5 on their last 6 matches they are one of the weakest teams in the league at the moment. Cant see them get away with anything here, and expect an easy home-win.
My odds: -0,75 @ 1,83 / Over 2 @ 1,89
Market Price: -0,75 @ 1,88 / Over 2,25 @ 2,09
Fagiano Okayama – Montedio Yamagata:
Fagiano are in 3rd place, and have only lost 1 game so far this season. Havent had the toughest of schedules, and think they will struggle more against good teams.
Montedio were expected to be a contender for a top 6 finish, but have so far failed to win a single game and find themselves in 21st place. Looked horrible playwise as well, and doesn’t seem to be much positive things around the club at the moment. Not a good away-team, and think they will lose this one.
Prediction: 2-0 or 2-1
My odds: -0,5 @ 2,03 / Over 2,25 @ 2,02
Market Price: -0,25 @ 2,12 / Over 2 @ 1,89
Fagiano -0,25 @ 2,12 (5 units)