J.League 1 R2 – Kashima vs Gamba Preview

Kashima Antlers – Gamba Osaka:

Kashima struggled a lot more in their season opener vs Shimizu than expected but got away with a point in the end.  Shimizu had the biggest chances and in some ways Kashima should be happy with not losing. Gamba also got off to a poor start and lost 2-3 vs newly-promoted Nagoya, despite being both 1-0 and 2-1 up.

Kashima is obviously the better team among these 2 but as both teams are hit by a number of injuries it is a tricky match to predict.  Still think Kashima should win it in the end, but the odds on them is quite poor and value is on Gamba. Might be worth to place a small bet on the underdog in this one.

Expected Starting Lineup Kashima:
1Kwoun Sun-Tae
2Uchida – 3Shoji – 5Ueda – 32Anzai*
25Endo – 26Misao – 40Ogasawara* – 8Doi*
7Pedro Junior – 10Kanazaki (I)

DF Nishi (S/R)
AM Leandro (R/I)
MF Leo Silva (I)

Team Strength:


Expected Starting Lineup Gamba:
14Yonekura* – 3Fabio – 5Miura – 4Fujiharu
17Ichimaru* – 21Yajima*
11Hwang – 7Endo(I) – 10Kurata

MF Konno (R)
MF Fujimoto (S/R)
DF Oh (R)
FW Ademilson (R)

Team Strength:


Prediction: 2-1 or 3-1

My Odds: -0,5 @ 1,84 / Over 2,75 @ 1,99

Market Odds: -0,75 @ 1,86 / Over 2,75 @ 2,00

Gamba +1 @ 1,84 (5 units)


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